Belper group mines a rich seam of drama

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Belper-based theatre company Marde Hen Productions is back next month with latest play Shafted.

After the success of the group’s last Eagle Award-nominated production, Fish & Chips, Marde Hen Productions present a gritty and uncompromising drama about the trials and tribulations that befell an ordinary mining family in South Derbyshire.

Paul Greatorex returns to his family home for his mother’s funeral, 30 years after becoming estranged from his father, Jack, as a result of the events that drove them apart during the miner’s strike at Cadley Hill colliery in 1984.

It is not long before old wounds are reopened and both father and son are forced to relive and re-evaluate the turbulent events of those 12 months when this country’s most bitter industrial dispute ever hit home, challenging their community and threatening the peace and wellbeing of their family.

Jeannie Jordan, writer and director of Shafted says “contrary to popular belief there has not been that much literature written about the Miners’ Strike.

“Certainly nothing about the dozen or so who took action at Cadley Hill colliery, which was the local pit in South Derbyshire where I grew up.”

Marie Stone, another Eagle Award nominee this year for her performance as Madge in Late, Marde Hen’s first play last year, returns to support the company, alongside Wayne Parkin as Paul, Neil Winfield as Jack, with Alex Wrampling and Jane Robinson as their respective spouses, Linda and Sylvia - showcasing the importance of the women’s support to the miners during the dispute.

Tickets are £8 with performances taking place at the Strutts Centre, Belper, on September 8-10 at 7.30 pm.

For tickets, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/mardehenproductions, or call either 07875 648562 or 07886 017913. Alternatively, please feel free to contact Marde Hen Productions on e-mail at mardehenproductions.co.uk.