Graham McLaren’s powerful re-imagining of Joe Corrie’s classic 1926 drama, In Time o’Strife, returns to tour Scotland, England and Wales, 30 years on from the fateful miners’ strike of 1984.
It follows last year’s sold-out run and passionate reception in Central Fife’s mining heartland.
Intensely physical and loud, driven by explosive choreography and a live four piece band, the National Theatre of Scotland production is conceived very much with a contemporary audience in mind.
The drama exposes the lives of a Fife mining family staring hunger and defeat in the face during the General Strike of 1926.
A poignant meditation on class and power, the show garnered critical praise for its raw energy, emotional impact and its subtle representation of the complex human issues surrounding the strike.
Originally produced in association with ON at Fife, the NTS production received opened in Kirkcaldy, in October 2013.
In addition to Corrie’s original script, the production interweaves fragments of his other plays, poems and songs.
The Shilling a Week Band’s vigorous reinterpretations of Corrie poems had audiences stomping their feet, and a soundtrack EP was released online to accompany the show’s run.
Director Graham McLaren said: “Almost 90 years ago, Joe Corrie wrote In Time o’ Strife to raise funds for the local food banks and soup kitchens.
“In 2013, we were delighted to be able to remount the show for the people of Fife, who experienced such hardship during the last miners’ strike in 1984.
“This year is the 30th anniversary of that strike and we are very excited to be taking this play about the strength of the Common Man.”
The cast are: Cast: Hannah Donaldson, John Kazek, Tom McGovern, Vicki Manderson, James Robinson, Anita Vettesse, Owen Whitelaw
August 27-30, Lochgelly Centre, Lochgelly, Fife
September 9-13, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
September 16/17, Ryan Centre, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway
September 19/20, Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
September 23-25, Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
September 30-October 4, Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
October 7-10, Dundee Rep, Dundee
October 14, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
October 23-25, Sherman Theatre, Cardiff.
In Time O’ Strife – Trailer (2014) from National Theatre of Scotland on Vimeo.