Close the Coalhouse Door (1969)

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by Alan Plater

Directed by Audrey Broderick

Performances: Sun 2nd – Sat 8th February 1969, Theatre


This is a story about the miners of Durham, in speech and song. It was originally mounted at the Roundhouse Theatre in London, under the direction of Joan Littlewood. The SLTC had the privilege of staging the first amateur production, which was then featured later that year at the London Drama Festival, at the University College Theatre.




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The show was produced on an open stage, with small pieces of scenery to suggest the various locales, and a silhouette of the mine's winding gear against the cyclorama. It therefore presented a real challenge to the lighting designer, given that it all had to be controlled by SLTC's little 24-way switchboard. The real fun came when we transferred to the University College Theatre and I was able to set the same plot on their enormous electronic switchboard, and operate it myself...Alex Kanarek.

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