We Also Served: A specially commissioned theatre production opens at The National Coal Mining Museum for England for Easter weekend

This Easter weekend, the National Coal Mining Museum for England will be hosting a specially commissioned promenade theatre production by Theatre Royal Wakefield’s youth group In on the Act from Good Friday 14 to Easter Monday 17 April.

‘We Also Served’ is an emotive dramatisation of the nationalisation of the coal industry, seen through the lives of the Bevin Boys. The drama unfolds at Hope Pit, bringing the story to life and immersing the audience in the world of the coalminer.

Inspired by the lives of the Bevin Boys who served in the coalmines during WWII, the play will highlight the war efforts of young men who had hoped to join the armed services but were sent to unfamiliar communities to work in challenging conditions deep underground in the coal mines.

The 45 minute performances take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and tickets are FREE as part of the Museum's yearlong commitment to celebrating the 70th anniversary of nationalisation of the coalmining industry. Advance tickets can be booked on 01924 848806 or on the day at reception.

Visitors can also take the opportunity to see the new 'By The People, For The People' Exhibition and find out more about nationalisation.

Inspired by real-life characters, the play’s poignancy centres around the memories of ex-miner and Bevin Boy, Harry Parkes, who met In on the Act theatre group early in the development stages of the production. The theatre group have developed a performance to raise awareness about the story of the Bevin Boys in the hope of helping to recognise their contribution to the war effort.

The Museum are offering a special lunch package available for ex-Bevin Boys at £7.50 including a delicious lunch in the cafe followed by the 1pm promenade play performance.

For more information on We Also Served visit www.ncm.org.uk For press information, images and interview requests please contact Sarah White on 01924 848806 marketing.assistant@ncm.org.uk

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Editor’s notes

National Coal Mining Museum for England

 The Museum is free admission

 Some individual events will incur a charge

 Free car and coach parking

 Opening hours:10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily except for 24-26 December and 1 January

 Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times

 Please arrive early to book onto an underground tour, as at busy periods tours are often fully booked by midday

 Temperature underground is 12C; we strongly recommend warm practical clothing and sensible flat shoes. Unfortunately children under five years old are not permitted on the underground tour

 Indoor play area for children under five

 Disabled facilities include level parking, ramp and disabled toilets with underground tours also available with prior arrangement

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IN ON THE ACT exists to develop skills and support aspiring artists to pursue a professional career in the performing arts. www.theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk/join-in/in-on-the-act

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