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:

Laura Barber
Engagement Manager
Mob: 07391 621966
Email: engagementGCC@gmail.com

For more information, download the Pit Men Singers Call Out. Keep up with our Pit Men Singers on Twitter at @pitmensingers.

Community Choir commitments

BIRMINGHAM — DANCEXCHANGE
Performances: Thu 27 & Fri 28 Feb, 8pm
Pit Men Singers Intensive
Sat 22 Feb 10am-4pm at TBC BOA (Birmingham Ormiston Academy)
Tue 25 Feb 5.30pm-10pm at DanceXchange (On Stage Patrick Studio)
Venue rehearsals and performance
Thu 27 Feb 10am-end of show, rehearsals/tech/dress run
and show 8pm / post show talk
Fri 28 Feb 6pm-end of show, show 8pm

CREWE — LYCEUM THEATRE
Performances: Tue 3 & Wed 4 Mar, 7.30pm
Pit Men Singers Intensive
Sat 29 Feb 10am-4pm at Lyceum Theatre (Studio)
Sun 1 Mar 2pm-6pm at Lyceum Theatre (Studio)
Venue rehearsals and performances
Tue 3 Mar 10am-end of show, rehearsals/tech/dress run
and show 7.30pm / post show talk
Wed 4 Mar 5.30pm-end of show, show 7.30pm

STIRLING — MACROBERT ARTS CENTRE
Performances: Thu 19 & Fri 20 Mar, 7.30pm
Pit Men Singers Intensive
Sat 14 Mar 12pm-6pm at Macrobert Arts Centre (Studio TBC)
Tue 17 Mar 5.30pm-10pm at Macrobert Arts Centre (On Stage)
Venue rehearsals and performances
Thu 19 Mar 10am-end of show, rehearsals/tech/dress run and show 7.30pm / post show talk
Fri 20 Mar 5.30pm-end of show, show 7.30pm

YORK — THEATRE ROYAL
Performance: Fri 27 & Sat 28 Mar, 7.30pm
Pit Men Singers Intensive
Sat 21 Mar 3pm-9pm at Theatre Royal (The Billiard Room)
Wed 25 Mar 5.30pm-10pm at Theatre Royal (Workshop 1)
Venue rehearsals and performance
Fri 27 Mar 10am-end of show, rehearsals/tech/dress run
and show 7.30pm / post show talk
Sat 28 Mar 5.30pm-end of show, show 7.30pm

BELFAST — THE MAC
Performances: Fri 3 & Sat 4 Apr, 7.45pm
Pit Men Singers Intensive
Sat 28 Mar 10am-4pm at The MAC (Factory Space)
Wed 1 Apr 5.30pm-10pm at The MAC (Factory Space & On Stage TBC)
Venue rehearsals and performance
Fri 3 Apr 10am-end of show, rehearsals/tech/dress run and
show 7.45pm / post show talk
Sat 4 Apr 5.45pm-end of show, show 7.45pm

POOLE — LIGHTHOUSE
Performances: Wed 22 Apr, 7.45pm
Pit Men Singers Intensive
Sat 18 Apr 10am-4pm at Lighthouse (Studio TBC)
Mon 20 Apr 5.30pm-10pm at Lighthouse (On Stage)
Venue rehearsals and performance
Wed 22 Apr 10am-end of show, rehearsals/tech/dress run
and show 7.45pm / post show talk

GREENOCK — BEACON ARTS CENTRE
Performance: Wed 29 Apr, 7.30pm
Pit Men Singers Intensive
Sat 25 Apr 10am-4pm at Beacon Arts Centre (Studio TBC)
Mon 27 Apr 5.30pm-10pm at Beacon Arts Centre (On Stage)
Venue rehearsals and performance
Wed 29 Apr 10am-end of show, rehearsals/tech/dress run and show 7.30pm / post show talk

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