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Wednesday 30 March–Saturday 2 April 2016

A John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield production

Written and directed by John Godber

John Godber’s epic new play traces the lives of ex-miner Harry and his wife Dot in the thirty years after the 1984 miners’ strike. It is performed by the multi award-winning partnership – John Godber himself and Jane Thornton. Their previous work includes April In Paris, September in the Rain, and comedy classic Up N Under!

The strike is over and the pits are shut. Suddenly, Harry and Dot are thrown together with new battles to fight, and new jobs to hold down – from window cleaning in Wakefield to running a boarding house in Bridlington. Life will never be the same again.

Fuelled with eye-watering honesty and true Yorkshire grit, an hilarious account of those whose jobs were taken and communities destroyed. And how they fought back after being shafted!


Please note:    strong language throughout

Wednesday 30 March–Saturday 2 April 2016

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Image by Amy Charles Media


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“A post-mining drama with real emotional impact…”

Clare Brennan, The Observer
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“pitch-black humour…”

Rich Jevons, The Stage

“An against all odds story…”

Nick Ahad, Lancaster Guardian

“A touching and beautiful piece of theatre…”

Richard Vergette, British Theatre Guide
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“Watchable and funny...driven be anger and passion…”

Ron Simpson, Reviews Hub

“Godber and Jane Thornton are exceptionally well-suited to their roles…”

Lydia Lakemoore, A Younger Theatre

“humour driven by injustice…”

Charles Hutchinson, The York Press

“the whole human story…”

Chris Eldon-Lee, Staffs What's On

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