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Relationships Become Strained During Bitter Miner's Strike
As innovative drama goes, this new production by Birmingham based Tea and Tenacity Theatre Company certainly promises to hit the spot. Tinned Goods is set during the bitter miners' strike of 1984/5 and focuses on the strained relationships that arose from it within ordinary local communities.

Tinned Goods, Tea and Tenacity Theatre
Tinned Goods is set during the 1980s miner's strike (credit Martin Shakeshaft)

Tinned Goods features a cast of women playing multiple roles, but at its centre is the relationship between Sue and Rachel who have not spoken since the miners walked out three months earlier. With their friendship suffering from the strain of politics, picket lines and principles, forgotten wrongs resurface and loyalties are pushed to the limit. In this tight-knit town, as the miners' wives move from the background to centre stage, can the women find a voice in a battle to save their relationships and their way of life?

Miner's Strike London 1984
A rally in London during the miner's strike in 1984 (Image by Nick / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

With its historical context and pacy dialogue, Tinned Goods is likely to be both entertaining and thought provoking in equal measure. And theatre-goers in the Midlands can get a chance to see it when it is performed at the Lichfield Garrick theatre on Thursday 31 March as part of a series of UK dates.

Tinned Goods forms part of the Lichfield theatre's monthly Garrick Introducing programme that showcases some of the UK's most exciting and critically acclaimed emerging artists and theatre companies. The Tea and Tenacity Theatre Company creates and performs new work that reflects on the past to provoke discussion and also represent the female voice and experience. Its current project is financed with help from the Unite union and Arts Council England.

Lichfield Garrick
Lichfield Garrick theatre

Tickets for the Lichfield Garrick performance cost 14 (10 for students) and can be booked online or by calling the theatre Box Office on 01543 412121. Other dates are as follows.

Forthcoming UK Tour Dates

24 March Storey Lancaster 01524 582394

30 March Greenwich Theatre London 020 8858 7755

31 March Garrick Theatre Studio Lichfield 01543 412121

1 April Arts Theatre Nottingham 0115 947 5925

2 April Unity 2 Liverpool 0151 709 4988

3 April Arcola London 020 7503 1646
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Why? Historical Drama Set During Bitter Miner's Strike
When: 24 March to 3 April 2016
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: 14 adults, 10 students
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