Gary Clarke Company WASTELAND at Beacon Arts Centre


Gary Clarke Company | WASTELAND

Wednesday 29th April 2020 | Beacon Art Centre, Greenock

6pm to 7pm – Access to the Resource room and Q&A with Gary Clarke

7.30pm Performance of WASTELAND (SDTN funded ticket)

ABOUT In 1994 hundreds of coal miners hung up their pit boots as Grimethorpe Colliery was destroyed, along with the tightknit working-class community that surrounded it. Created to mark the 25th anniversary since the demolition and 30 years since the rise of UK rave culture, WASTELAND is the highly anticipated new dance theatre show from acclaimed British choreographer Gary Clarke and the sequel to his multi award winning production COAL. This thrilling yet deeply touching production takes a close look at how two generations coped in this era of radical upheaval. A fractured relationship between a father and son is at the heart of the story, and as we see one generation grind exhaustingly to a halt, we follow the next into the 90s illegal rave scene, where derelict warehouses and abandoned work spaces became home for a new-found community of music and dance. Bringing together Clarke’s vivid physical dance language performed by a company of exceptional dancers, a community cast of singers, brass musicians, archive film footage, a powerful rave soundtrack and unique art work by Jimmy Cauty (co-founder of TheKLF), WASTELAND dives head first into a gritty story of loss, hope, escapism and survival.


“Blisteringly fierce” ★★★★ | The Herald

“Poignant and thrilling” ★★★★ | The Skinny

“Brilliant” ★★★★★ | The Herald on Sunday

HOW TO BOOK TICKETS Capacity for this event is very limited so please book earlier to avoid disappointment. This package opportunity is FREE. SDTN will fund students from their Network Institutions ( to attend the performance. Students should pre-book their ticket using the details below:

  • Call Beacon Art Centre on 01475 723723
  • Quote WASTE8 for your £8 student ticket.
  • Resource Room Access is included in this ticket.
  • Email with a photo of your ticket/receipt of purchase. Please also confirm your course and institution.

SDTN Technical Theatre Skills Officer Abigail McMillan will meet you at Beacon Art Centre box office from 5.45pm on the day and give you back your £8! She will then escort you to the Resource Room. If you have any questions or problems booking your ticket, please contact Abigail McMillan on or 0141 270 8377.

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