Going underground for unique dance performance

A Victorian lead mine will be the unusual venue for an underground theatre performance next week.

Trapped, which is inspired by the true story of the Chilean mine collapse of 2010, will be performed in the unique setting of Killhope Museum’s Park Level Mine.

Thirty-three miners were trapped underground for 69 terrifying days following the disaster at San Jose Mine but, incredibly, all were winched to safety and survived.

Trapped tells their story by combining physical theatre and live music with cleverly arranged lighting.

Maria McArdle, museum operations officer, said: “We really looking forward to hosting what promises to be an unusual and spellbinding piece of theatre. We have had held performances in the mine before but nothing quite like this.

“The very nature of the performance, with a small cast in a small space, means that audience members will feel as if they are part of the event rather than outsiders looking on.

“And the fact that County Durham has its own rich mining heritage adds another layer, with many of the theses set to resonate with the local audience.”

Trapped is presented by physical theatre and film company Experiential, with live music performed by singer/songwriter Hayley Youell.

Some performances have already sold out but tickets are still available for the following performances:

  • Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June – 1pm, 6.15pm and 7.15pm
  • Saturday, 30 June – 1pm, 3pm and 6pm

Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £12 for children and concessions. Booking is recommended, call 01388 537 505.

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