From the classic novel by A J Cronin freely adapted by Alex Ferguson.
An uplifting family saga about a miner’s son who resolves to fight the profiteering that killed so many through underground accidents and starvation, and the injustice that wears down families and communities. A physical theatre version of this classic 30s novel set in the North East exploring the life of young Davie Fenwick as he strives to gain decent wages and conditions for the pitmen. He falls in love with the coal owner’s daughter but is eventually disillusioned of ever achieving justice after a preventable pit disaster claims the lives of many men.
‘Davie Fenwick leaves his mining village on a university scholarship intent on returning to better support the miners against the owners. But he falls in love with Jenny who gets him to marry her and return home as local schoolteacher before finishing his degree. Davie finds he is ill-at-ease in his role, the more so when he realises Jenny still loves her former boyfriend. When he finds that his father and the other miners are going to have to continue working on a possibly deadly coal seam he decides to act.’