A PLAY exploring the Miners’ Strike will be performed at the historic home of the Durham miners on the anniversary of the start of the dispute.

Undermined, written and performed by Danny Mellor, will be hosted at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall on Friday March 6.

The one-man show, based on true stories and events from the 1984-85 strike, will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Danny.

Local people who were active in the strike, which began on March 6, 1984, will also be there to talk about their experiences.

The play, featuring just one man, one chair, and one pint, comes to Durham following an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival.

It tells the epic tale of the brave men and women who stood up and fought for what they believed in. It evokes a year when friendships were strengthened, and communities came together in the face of adversity.

Danny said: “The play tells a powerful and deeply human story. It’s about friendships and community, and the value of solidarity. I’m excited that the play will be performed at Redhills. It’s an incredible place where the play will resonate greatly.”

In its 150th year, the DMA launched The Redhills Appeal to renew its historic home as a centre of education, heritage and culture.

In March, the DMA will discover if a crucial funding bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund has been successful.

In line with this, Danny will also provide drama workshops for young people at Redhills ahead of the performance. The workshop will be hosted in partnership with East Durham Creates.

East Durham Creates is a project working across the east Durham area and aiming to get more people involved in arts and cultural activity.

East Durham Creates is one of 30 Creative People and Places projects nationally, funded by Arts Council England. It is managed by East Durham Trust working in partnership and supported by Beamish Museum, East Durham Area Action Partnership and Durham County Council’s Culture and Sport Services.

Alan Mardghum, secretary of the DMA, said: “We are delighted that Danny will be bringing his acclaimed play to Redhills and we hope lots of people come along and experience this important part of working-class history.

“We are particularly pleased that Danny will working with young people from the area.

“A central aim of The Redhills Appeal is to provide young people opportunities to connect with their heritage and develop their talents.”

The performance and workshop are supported by teachers’ union NASUWT North East.

Undermined is at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall, Flass Street, Durham DH1 4BE, on Friday March 6 at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Refreshments will be served.

Tickets priced £6 and £4 concessions are available online at: buytickets.at/redhillsdurham.