Gary Clarke's Wasteland

  • Drama
  • Dance

In 1994 Grimethorpe Colliery was destroyed, along with the tight-knit working-class community surrounded it. Wasteland, Gary Clarke’s highly anticipated sequel to the multi award winning COAL, dives head first into a gritty story of loss, hope, tragedy and survival following the next generation in their quest for purpose and escapism in the 1990s illegal rave scene, where derelict warehouses became home for a new community of music and dance.

Bringing together 6 professional dancers, 4 male singers from Glasgow community choirs, 2 brass musicians, projections, and a commissioned rave sound score this thrilling yet deeply touching production takes a close look at how 2 generations coped in an era of radical upheaval.

Recommended for ages 14+

Contains some flashing lights, loud music and smoke effects

Blisteringly fierce

4 Stars

The Herald

A poignant and thrilling portrait of the British rave scene.

4 Stars

The Skinny


5 Stars

The Herald on Sunday (Scotland)

Wasteland is a truly wonderful piece of dance-theatre: humane, politically charged, by turns funny and sad.

5 Stars

The Stage

an ambitious, carefully crafted, visceral dance-theatre treatment of a crucial time in the history of modern Britain, that more than justifies its belief in dance as a vehicle for ideas and social commentary.

4 Stars

Culture Whisper

dance taken at a barnstorming, frantic pace with a sharp political edge to boot… its picture of alienated youth rising from the ashes and finding both escape and a sense of purpose in the hedonistic release of rave culture is curiously uplifting.

4 Stars


This is a powerful, accomplished piece of dance theatre and a timely reminder of the social consequences of political actions.

4 Stars

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