A play exploring the Miners’ Strike will be performed at the historic home of the Durham miners on the anniversary of the start of the dispute.

Undermined, written and performed by Danny Mellor, will be hosted at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall on Friday 6 March. 

The one-man show is based on true stories and events from the 1984-85 strike. The performance will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Danny and local people who were active in the strike, which began on 6 March 1984.

The play, featuring just one man, one chair, and one pint, 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.

“The play tells a powerful and deeply human story. It’s about friendships and community, and the value of solidarity. I’m excited that the play will be performed at Redhills. It’s an incredible place where the play will resonate greatly.”

Danny Mellor

In its 150th year, the DMA launched The Redhills Appeal to renew its historic home as a centre of education, heritage and culture. 

In line with this, Danny will also provide drama workshops for young people at Redhills ahead of the performance. The workshop will be hosted in partnership with East Durham Creates.

“We are delighted that Danny will be bringing his acclaimed play to Redhills and we hope lots of people come along and experience this important part of working-class history. We are particularly pleased that Danny will working with young people from the area. A central aim of The Redhills Appeal is to provide young people opportunities to connect with their heritage and develop their talents.”

Alan Mardghum, Secretary of the DMA

The performance and workshop are supported by teachers’ union NASUWT North East. 

Tickets priced £6 standard and £4 concessions, with a solidarity price of £10 are available below. All proceeds to The Redhills Appeal.

Undermined is at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall, Flass Street, Durham DH1 4BE, on Friday 6 March at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Refreshments will be served.