School children will bring the past to life at a public performance in the historic home of the Durham miners.
The event will mark the culmination of an arts and education project at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall.
The Pitman’s Parliament Project will see pupils from St John’s School, Bishop Auckland, explore the tumultuous history of life on the Durham Coalfield through industrialisation, mining disasters, and unionisation.
The pupils will spend five days in the magnificent Redhills, learning about brass bands, banners, and building communities.
The project is a collaboration between education charity Hand Of, the Durham Miners’ Association, The Parliamentary Archives, and brass musicians Clara Hyder, Martin Thomson and Ian Sankey.
Working with historians, archivists, musicians, and artists, the children will create a new and unique performance piece.
St John’s pupils will present their new performance piece at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall on Friday 14 February. Doors open for a drinks reception at 3.30pm. The event is free, by registration here.
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An acclaimed play exploring the Miners’ Strike performed at the historic home of the Durham miners on the anniversary of the start of the dispute.
This performance of Undermined will be followed by a Q&A with actor and writer Danny Mellor, and local people who were active in the strike.
Based on true stories and events from the 1984-85 strike, the play features just one man, one chair, and one pint. It comes to Durham following an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival.
It tells the epic tale of the brave men and women who stood up and fought for what they believed in. It evokes a year when friendships were strengthened, and communities came together in the face of adversity.
Our thanks to Nasuwt North East for their support for this event.
• Doors open at 7pm
• Performance begins at 7.30pm followed by a discussion and Q&A
• Refreshments will be served in the Committee Room
Age rating for the show is 14+.
Tickets are priced £6 and £4 concessions (over 65, under 18, unwaged), with a solidarity price at £10 for those able to contribute more and support our efforts to renew Durham Miners Hall. All proceeds to The Redhills Appeal.