A unique chance for 4 men to join the cast of Gary Clarke’s WASTELAND
Are you aged 40+?
Do you have a passion for singing or are you part of a singing group?
Are you interested in performing on stage as part of a new theatrical production?
If you answered yes to any of the above, we would like to hear from you!
Gary Clarke Company will again be offering a unique opportunity for 4 Pit Men singers to make their own contribution to WASTELAND as it embarks on the next national tour in Spring 2020. WASTELAND is the highly anticipated new production from choreographer Gary Clarke and sequel to the multi-award winning production COAL. Please refer back to this page or watch social media for more information of when applications for the Spring open.
"Brilliant" ★★★★★ (The Herald on Sunday)
"Blisteringly Fierce" ★★★★ (The Herald)
In 1994, hundreds of coal miners hung up their pit boots as coal mines all over the country were destroyed along with the tight knit working class communities that surrounded them. This thrilling yet deeply touching new production from acclaimed British choreographer Gary Clarke takes a close look at how 2 different generations coped in an era of radical upheaval.
WASTELAND brings together a company of 6 professional dancers, 2 live brass musicians, and 4 Pit Men singers from local community choirs, archive film footage, video projection and a specially commissioned sound score.
"I feel proud. The work helped to crystalise the effect that an industry we all relied upon was fractured and crushed without thought to those who provided the sweat."
We are looking for 4 men aged 40+ who are currently members of community choirs or singing groups to play the role of ex-coal miners (4 local men recruited for each tour venue). No professional experience is necessary; however you should have experience of learning songs from memory and singing in unison. The role will involve some moving on and around the stage.
"From the first communication by email to our final performance it has been gentle but challenging and extraordinarily rewarding."
Singers will be supported throughout the process by acclaimed Musical Director Steven Roberts and Charlie Rhodes, choreographer Gary Clarke and professional dance artist Alistair Goldsmith. The team will work with everyone’s individual needs and abilities. Music and learning tracks will be provided four weeks in advance of the choir intensive rehearsals, where participants will work with the company to learn the show. Each singer will receive a food and travel allowance to cover rehearsals and performances.
"Don't think twice about doing this. It's a very steep and exciting learning curve!"
Neil Abdy, who grew up in the mining community of South Yorkshire and whose father was a miner, was one of the team of volunteers who took part in a special preview at CAST Theatre in Doncaster in 2018. He said of his experience:
“Being given the opportunity to be part of this excellent work was unbelievable... everyone made us feel special and the friendship and camaraderie was excellent. I have a new spring in my step. If you have the opportunity to take part, definitely give it a go. It’s one of the best experiences you will ever have working with this wonderful team!”
Gary Clarke Company welcomes applications from all races, religions, backgrounds, sexualities and anyone who identifies as a man.
For any enquiries or to register your interest e-mail or call:
Community Choir commitments
LEICESTER — CURVE
Performances: Mon 11 May, 7.30pm
Pit Men Singers Intensive
Sat 2 May 10am-4pm at Curve (Studio TBC)
Sat 9 May 10am-4pm at Curve (Studio TBC)
Venue rehearsals and performance
Mon 11 May 10am-end of show, rehearsals/tech/dress run
and show 7.30pm / post show talk
INVERNESS — EDEN COURT
Performances: Fri 15 & Sat 16 May, 8pm
Pit Men Singers Intensive
Sat 9 May 10am-4pm at Eden Court (The MacLean Room)
Wed 13 May 5.30pm-10pm at Eden Court (Studio Theatre/TBC On Stage Empire)
Venue rehearsals and performances
Fri 15 May 10am-end of show, rehearsals/tech/dress run and show 8pm / post show talk
Sat 16 May 6pm-end of show, show 8pm