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We are delighted to announce a new collaboration this Autumn between choreographer Gary Clarke, photographer David Severn, and the LGBT+ community.

Following Gary’s award-winning COAL and Wasteland, the final part of the trilogy, DETENTION (to be created in 2023) will cover the personal stories and experiences of 50 members of the LGBT+ community who were affected by the controversial anti-gay legislation Section 28.

To accompany the show, we would like to create a new touring photography exhibition called 50 Portraits

“The 50 Portraits exhibition will be presented in theatre foyers, gallery spaces, community centres and on-line and will be available to the general public for free. The exhibition is created to help deepen the context of the live show, raising awareness and visibility of this important benchmark and a new artistic collaboration.”   – Gary Clarke, Artistic Director

Each of the 50 contributors will have their portrait taken by acclaimed photographer David Severn, who is well known for his striking and beautiful portrayal of working class Britain. In order to raise the funding for this photoshoot we have set up a GoFundMe page and we would be grateful if you could donate and share the link via your own social media, friends and colleagues in order to help us realise our next important work with the LGBT+ community.

Please use this link to donate and share details


Gary Clarke Company presented #WastelandHome and #GCCDigital across 6 months from May to December 2020 as well as special curated programme in March 2021.

Overall the company presented 10 weeks of live activity with 60 live sessions over Instagram, Facebook and ZOOM including professional classes, workouts, repertoire sessions, bite size events, community warm ups and interviews.

To catch up on any of the live sessions you missed, follow the links from or head over to our IGTV Channel on InstagramYouTube or to our Facebook page.

Please make sure you read our disclaimer before taking part in any of our live or recorded sessions.

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