THE true story of the Chilean miners who were trapped inside a collapsed goldmine for 69 days has inspired a unique underground production.

Experimental Dance Company will stage Trapped inside the mine at Killhope Museum in Weardale next month. Created by artistic director Rachel Johnson, it will be performed by a highly trained physical theatre cast and is based on the true story of the San Jose miners who were trapped miles underground for months in 2010. Millions of people around the world watched the miners’ eventual rescue on television.

Ms Johnson said: “We’ve designed miniature lighting rigs which sit on the front of the hard hats worn by each member of the audience; they go on a journey with the performers, imagining a tiny shred of what it must have been like.”

The company has teamed up with Northern Heartlands for the show with four performances to be staged a day from June 28 to 30. Audience numbers are limited to 15 people per show. Tickets cost £12 from 01388-537505. Wellies will be provided.