A play about the 1926 Miners’ Strike is to be put on this week in Stanley.
Our Street – 1926 will be staged by the All Stars Theatre Company, whose actors are adults with learning difficulties and complex needs.
The performers have all attended a drama course organised by Durham County Council’s Care and Support Pathways Team at Stanley and delivered by the Workers’ Educational Association.
Our Street – 1926 has been specially created for the All Stars Theatre Company by playwrights Rob Baharie and Michelle Lindsay-Baharie. The play follows the lives of the residents of a north-east street in the turbulent decade after World War I.
The same street and the same characters featured in a predecessor play Our Street – 1915. But while the War was the focus of the first play, Our Street – 1926 deals with conflicts between workers and bosses.
The play portrays the challenges faced by ordinary men and women as they discovered that post-War Britain was not the ‘land fit for heroes’ they had been promised.
Despite its serious topic, the play contains music and plenty of laughs as it tackles big social issues in an entertaining way.
Paul Graydon, the countywide manager of Care and Support Pathways – a service for adults with complex and sensory needs – said, “The production celebrates the individual nature of every performer and embraces people’s abilities.”
“It captures them beautifully, in a sensitive compelling depiction of the trials and tribulations facing former soldiers who returned from the First World War and eight years later were once again amidst turmoil when the General Strike hit the north east.”
“Demonstrating the true nature of community, recognising one another’s strengths and weaknesses, and smiling in the face of adversity, the play enables the audience to embark on an emotional journey that will have them captivated from the moment the curtain rises.”
Our Street – 1926 will be performed at the Alun Armstrong Theatre in Stanley Civic Hall at 1.30 pm on Tuesday 24th October.
Entry is free but ticketed. Tickets can be booked by phoning Stanley Civic Hall box office on 01207 299110.