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1970? Richard Hughes - Danger ( a coal mining disaster)
1972 Alan Plater - Close the Coalhouse Door
1994 Tom Holland - Underground
1996 Joe Turner - The Great Subterranean Adventure
1997 Greg Cullen - Tower
2003 M. Gallie - The small mine
2004 Michael Samuels - The duel (the story of the miners' strike)
2013 Graham Fife - Misfortune at Seaham (R4Extra)

NOTES

CLOSE THE COALHOUSE DOOR....1972
You won't believe this - a musical about coal mining. It was popular, too.

UNDERGROUND....1994
Shady goings-on below ground level in the city of London ...

THE GREAT SUBTERRANEAN ADVENTURE....1996
A theme park built inside a disused coal mine. They should have known better...

TOWER....1997
A South Wales colliery dispute ... amd very imaginatively done ...

The small mine....2003
M.Gallie-Welsh mining story in the 60s

*THE DUEL, by Michael Samuels....2004
R4, 1430-1600, 3 Apr 04. This play is based on the conflict between Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the miners' leader, Arthur Scargill, 1983-1985. Miners went on strike in protest at pit closures, stayed out without a ballot, and supported Scargill right until the end. Ultimately he was defeated by the better tactics of his opponent. This was a wonderful piece of drama; David Threlfall played Scargill and Patricia Hodge was Margaret Thatcher; Jeremy Howe and Isobel Eaton directed. More on Writers page - click Radio Plays - Writers - Others, 2004.


MISFORTUNE AT SEAHAM....2013
R4 Extra, 16 Apr 13; by Graham Fife. Story of an explosion in a coal mine in 1880, Seaham, Durham, based on true events. With Nigel Anthony and Paul Copley. 45m.






Michael Toft also wrote a number of plays about the plight of the coal miners in the 70s and 80s. See Michael's page.

Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

Most of the above known to exist in VRPCC collections

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