Former miner pens new Mansfield play

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PLAYWRIGHT and former Mansfield miner Alan Dawson has penned a new play about the plight of the former miners set years after the pits shut down.

The Glass Boot centres around 20 years after the miners’ strike in the early 2000s and tells the story of how the pit closures devastated the former mining communities.

The play, which is being performed by community drama group Under the Headstocks, combines the surreal with the naturalistic and is led by the character of Joe Bloggs - an unemployed former coal miner.

Alan says the play is adapted from a sketch he wrote in 2004 and could be seen as a sequel from Scab - a play about his experiences of working through the 1984/85 strike.

“The play has quite a history to it so it is nice to see it finally on the stage, it is based on events that actually happened and the people affected by the demise of the mining community,” he said.

“We’ve tried to go for quite an odd tone and I think we’ve achieved that, the humour is quite dark but it is funny.

“We’d like to thank Frank, the landlord at The Brown Cow, for letting us use the pub to rehearse free of charge as well.”

Fellow dramatist and poet Kevin Fegan say The Glass Boot is a play that needed to be written for the area.

“The play, which combines the surreal with the naturalistic, is led by the character of Joe Bloggs, an unemployed former coal miner,” he said.

“Now the pits are shut and nobody knows what to do with Joe; unemployed, uninspired and definitely unhinged’

“The play, driven by dark humour, moves away from the traditional theatrical performance and presents a powerful production that is very much in your face.

“It also contains strong language and subject matter.”

The drama group is currently rehearsing at The Brown Cow on Ratcliffe Gate with performances taking place on 15th and 16th April at 7pm.

Tickets are available from the Brown Cow or for further information contact 07900571737 or email thetownsman@hotmail.com.