Two dance productions which premiered at Cast in Doncaster are nominated for ‘Achievement in Dance’ at this year’s prestigious UK Theatre Awards. The two productions up for the award are Coal and Jane Eyre.
Coal marked the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984/85 British Miners’ strike. Gary Clarke Company took a nostalgic look at the hard-hitting realities of life at the coal face. Initially created as an experimental pilot piece, Coal received its first preview at Cast in 2015 before returning to Doncaster as part of its first national tour in March 2016.
Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre made its world premiere performance at the Doncaster venue in May. Based on Charlotte Brontë’s most famous work, Cathy Marston’s full-length ballet premiered to Cast’s sell-out crowds, during the 200th anniversary year of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, to much critical acclaim.
Since the theatre’s opening in 2013 Cast has experienced a 140% increase in tickets sold for dance with hundreds of dancers gracing its stages from the best touring dance companies to young dancers from numerous local dance schools. Mathew Russell, Cast’s Interim Executive Director comments:
‘Cast’s audiences are hugely passionate about high quality dance and we’re thrilled that two great Doncaster premieres are nominated. Gary Clarke Company and Northern Ballet have both built a strong following in the region.’
This Autumn, Cast welcomes Ballet Black to Doncaster on Wednesday 2 November. In their first visit to the town, Ballet Black will perform the company’s new Triple Bill featuring Scottish Ballet Artistic Director Christopher Hampson’s Storyville, and two new short ballets by Christopher Marney and Arthur Pita.
Looking ahead to May 2017, Cast is delighted to welcome back the UK’s foremost narrative ballet company, Northern Ballet with the world premiere of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas based on John Boyne’s heartbreaking novel.
The winners for the UK Theatre Awards will be announced on Sunday 9 October 2016. You can find more about Cast’s dance programme by clicking here.