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Wasteland

Crewe Lyceum Theatre

Tuesday 3 - Wednesday 4 March, 7:30 PM

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In 1994 hundreds of coal miners hung up their pit boots as Grimethorpe Colliery was destroyed, along with the tight-knit working-class community that surrounded it. Wasteland, Gary Clarke’s sequel to COAL – winner of UK Theatre and National critics awards, looks at how two generations coped in this era of radical upheaval. As we see one generation grind to a halt, we follow the next into the 90s illegal rave scene, where derelict warehouses and abandoned work spaces became home for a new-found community of music and dance.

“Blisteringly fierce” ★★★★ The Herald

“Poignant and thrilling” ★★★★ The Skinny

“Brilliant” ★★★★★ The Herald on Sunday

Bringing together Clarke’s vivid physical dance language performed by a company of exceptional dancers, a community cast of singers, brass musicians, archive film footage, a powerful rave soundtrack and unique artwork by Jimmy Cauty (co-founder of The KLF), Wasteland dives head first into a gritty story of loss, hope, escapism and survival.

Wasteland is a truly wonderful piece of dance-theatre: humane, politically charged, by turns funny and sad. ★★★★★ The Stage

An ambitious, carefully crafted, visceral dance-theatre treatment of a crucial time in the history of modern Britain, that more than justifies its belief in dance as a vehicle for ideas and social commentary. ★★★★ Culture Whisper


Age suitability: 14+ (Schools Guidance)
Running time: 85 minutes with no interval
 
Warning: Contains some strong language, strobe lighting, loud music, haze and smoke effects
 

Prices shown are inclusive of any applicable booking fees. Become a member for exclusive discounts, advance booking and 10% off food and drink during your visit.

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Tickets: Front Stalls & Circle £20
Rear Stalls, Circle & Gallery £16
Students, Under-26s & Members £12.50
Unwaged £10.00
School Groups 10+ £11.50
School Groups 20+ £10

 

Prices shown are inclusive of any applicable booking fees. Become a member for exclusive discounts, advance booking and 10% off food and drink during your visit.

Meet Choreographer Gary Clarke and find out more about Wasteland for Free
Wednesday 19 February, 7 PM at the Shavington Social Club
 
Join the Crewe Lyceum Theatre on Wednesday 19 February at 7 PM at the Shavington Social Club for an exciting free opportunity to find out how the decline of British industry fueled the rise of rave culture, and how choreographer Gary Clarke brings the story to the stage in Wasteland.
 
For our generation, the future was very bleak with very little prospect. The rave culture gave many of us the opportunity to escape these grim and grey realities and into a new world of music and dance where we could express our inner feelings, desires and frustrations. My passion for dance grew from this discovery” Gary Clarke
 
Gary, who has worked on films including The Mummy and World War Z starring Brad Pitt, has a physical and vivid dance language that he brings alongside a community cast of singers from Crewe Male Voice Choir, the Lyceum Theatre Choir and the Alsager Community Choir; brass musicians; archive film footage; a powerful rave soundtrack and unique artwork by Jimmy Cauty (founder of the KLF).
 
Join us on Wednesday 19 February at 7 PM at the Shavington Social Club. Free entry.
 

With less than a month until award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke brings Wasteland to Crewe, we are very excited to introduce four local men from the surrounding community, chosen as the Pitmen Singers for the show on Tuesday 3 – Wednesday 4 March.

Find out more about them and what made them want to be a part of the show.


Steve Barber - Steve is 60 years old and lives in Crewe. A retired Coppersmith, he worked in Crewe Works and has an industrial heritage background. Steve was very keen to get involved with Wasteland as he is very engaged in local amateur dramatics as a member of Crewe Amateur Musical Society and Crewe Male Voice Choir. He is no stranger to the Lyceum Theatre stage and says he loves the opportunity to be able to perform.


Richard Lees - 52-year-old Richard lives in Alsager and is a member of Alsager Community Choir and Crewe Lyceum Theatre Choir. He has played in various bands over the years, but says he hasn’t done anything quite like this before. He remembers the Miner’s Strike vividly and even had a friend who was going to be Arthur Scargill’s neighbour until Arthur pulled out of sale at the peak of all the political trouble.  


Nick Horsley - Nick, 57 and from Crewe, is the Planning Director for The Mineral Products Association.  His work has meant he has been involved in surface mining for many years. He has been down salt and coal mines both in operation and closed. A member of Crewe Amateur Musical Society, Nick is very interested in the arts and is looking forward to being part of Wasteland. As a quirky and interesting fact - during a planned trip to Parkside Colliery – he shared the trip with a group of seemingly unknown women, until it was discovered after that one of them was in fact Betty Scargill!


Dave Tranter - Dave has been singing with Crewe Lyceum Theatre Choir almost since it began in April 2019. He is a really well known character and has been described as ‘being able to hold down a bass line on his own.’ He is also a valued member of Alsager Community Choir. Dave, who is 59, describes being able to remember the events having grown up in Newcastle. He wanted to be a part of Wasteland as he understands the working class struggle and always voted Labour. His father also spent his whole working life in a foundry.


Delicious Pre-Show Dining

Eating and Drinking

Make sure you have time to enjoy a delicious meal before the show as well as pre-show and interval drinks.


Delicious Pre-Show Dining

Eating and Drinking

Make sure you have time to enjoy a delicious meal before the show as well as pre-show and interval drinks.