Sunday, 3 November 2013

Queens Of The Coal Age

BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Play strand premieres actress Maxine Peake's play Queens Of The Coal Age, a dramatisation of the 1993 occupation of the Parkside Colliery, Newton-le-Willows (just up the road from me) by four miners wives - including NUM chairman Arthur Scargill's wife, Anne - in an attempt to save pits from closure.

Peake will also star in the play as Anne Scargill, alongside Coronation Street's Julie Hesmondhalgh and Early Doors' Lorraine Cheshire.

All the information on the play - broadcast at 2:15 tomorrow (Mon 4th Nov), plus archive footage featuring the wives from 1993 and footage of Peake et al going underground at Kellingley Colliery to experience a working mine, can be found HERE

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