Rotherham Underground is, first and foremost, a professional producing theatre company.

 

We are passionate about creating new work with and for communities across Rotherham, and touring our best work more widely with a proud ‘Made in Rotherham’ stamp.

 

In 2018, we will be developing 2 new plays, and are currently inviting input from contributors to ensure that we get the content right.

 

Please email alice@rotherhamunderground.com or call 01709 202016 if you are interested in getting involved in either of the following projects:

 

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The Ballad of Orgreave (working title)

 

This will be a documentary play about events at Orgreave in 1984 and the aftermath of these.

 

We hope to talk with people who’d be willing to share their experiences and/or opinions. This includes people who were present at the Battle of Orgreave, as well as those who supported the miners’ strike action or relatives/close friends of the above.

 

The play will be written from these contributions. No one will be identified within the play unless they want to be, and we will work closely with the contributors to ensure that they are happy with the representation of their words and experiences.  

 

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The Yellow Wallpaper (partner play)

 

In late-2017, we developed a new stage adaptation of The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Written in the late-nineteenth-century, this short ghost story explores the experience and treatment of depression and paranoia.

 

We are now developing a partner play about contemporary issues around mental health. Both plays will be toured together as a double-bill, with the intention of increasing understanding and reducing stigma - as well as producing exciting and relevant theatre.

 

We are keen to include contributions from people who have suffered from mental illness, as well as their family members and close friends, in order to ensure that this work appropriately reflects genuine experiences and concerns.

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