A new play by Ray Castleton

Directed by Charlie Kenber

National Coal Mining Museum for England
Yorkshire & Derbyshire tour

7th - 22nd July 2017

1945 - a time of victory, hope and rebuilding. A land fit for heroes - this time

Tom returns from the war to the arms of his grateful mother and fiancée - and to the bosom of the pit. George fights his own battles and an election to secure a better future for his union men and their families. Connie mourns, loves and unites; Lizzie sees a new world, brim-full of opportunity. In a new Britain will their hopes and dreams be reconciled?

‘On Behalf of The People’ is a rich, engaging story, of a post-war mining family coming to terms with life and love in their rapidly changing world.

Charlie Kenber’s unobtrusively shrewd direction...the distinction between cast and audience is blurred, not by audience participation, but much more naturally.

A new play commissioned by The National Coal Mining Museum for England, it forms part of their ‘By The People, for The People’ exhibition to mark 70 years since the nationalisation of the coal mining industry in 1947.

The Melting Shop is a Yorkshire based theatre company delivering real stories that matter.

Creative Team:

Patricia Suarez - Movement Director
Carl Davies - Designer
Sam Glossop
- Sound Designer


Ray Ashcroft - George
Lizzie Frain - Lizzie
Adam Horvath - Tom
Kate Wood - Connie

Production Photography by David Chafer