Banded Together is the tragic and moving story of the Whiwick Coal Mine Disaster of April 1898. This disaster occurred in the early hours of Primrose Day. A raging fire claimed the lives of 35 men and boys; a number of the bodies remain underground to this day. These events are dramatically re-created by the use of music, drama and narration, immersing the listener/observer in the emotion and fear which undoubtedly gripped the miners, their families and the wider community.This work has been conceived, written and produced by Ashby De La Zouch playwright Brian Langtry.
THE LIVE SHOW
THE SONG OF THE MINE
Employing spoken drama, music and narration this CD depicts the awful events of Primrose Day. The voices involved are spoken by actors and the accompanying music transports the listener to a time and place long lost but still vividly remembered.The CD is available for purchase by sending a cheque for £12 to the address given below. Payment can also be made by PayPal and the piece can be obtained as a download from Brian Langtry, contact him by telephone: 01530 416251 Employing s0po
The “Live Show” has a running time of nearly one hour. Conceived from the CD of Banded Together this piece uses a multimedia approach combining live music, dramatic narration and a film slide show accompanying the audio dialogue from the CD.The Live Show was launched in Coalville in Sept. 2009 and the Rt. Hon. David Taylor M.P. for N.W. Leics. commented “... the Live Show looks at and dramatises in the most remarkable fashion the events surrounding the Whtwick Pit Disaster”.A big thank you to Geoff Lewis and the N.W.Leics. District Council for all their help and support.
“ The Song of the Mine” is a two hour self contained show. Act 1 is a performance of “Banded Together” the multimedia show telling the story of the Whitwick Pit Disaster and Act 2 features an hour of music and humour from the Zouch Boys performing mining songs from around the world.The CD “ Song of the Mine” is available at £10 incl. p&p. Contact Brian Langtry by firstname.lastname@example.orgYou can see the Zouch Boys perform on:
Brian Langtry is a writer, artist and performer with some 35 plays produced across both the professional and amateur stage. He is the writer of the extremely successful musical “The Eva Cassidy Story” now in its 10th. year of production. He has also written about the lives of Billie Holiday and Johnny Cash. Brian was the founder member of the iconic Black Country folk group “Giggetty” who appeared on stage, radio and TV over a 20 year period. He now lives in Ashby De La Zouch.Brian can be contacted by phone on 01530 416251 or by e-mail: email@example.com
Banded Together Live ShowFollowing successful appearances during 2009 and 2010 this production can be seen at the following venues during 2011: 5th. March: Sharpe`s Pottery Museum, Swadlincote; 16th. April :Moira Miners Welfare, Moira; 21st/22nd. April : Wirksworth Fringe; 24th. September: Leicester Guild Hall; 1st. October: Botcheston Village Hall, Leics. 26th. November: The Grange Playhouse, Walsall Booking can now be taken for 2012- Contact Brian Langtry