The National Theatre of Scotland, in association with ON at Fife, will be presenting Joe Corrie’s classic mining drama IN TIME O’ STRIFE at Pathhead Hall in Kirkcaldy from 2nd to 12th October 2013.

Intensely physical and loud, driven by explosive choreography and a live four piece band, the National Theatre of Scotland’s In Time o’ Strife is a powerful reimagining of Joe Corrie’s rarely performed classic play, exposing the lives of a Fife mining family staring hunger and defeat in the face during the General Strike of 1926. Produced in association with ON at Fife, In Time o’ Strife is playing at Pathhead Hall, Kirkcaldy in October 2013 and tickets are now on sale from ON at Fife box office.

In addition to Corrie’s original script, the show will interweave fragments of his other plays, poems and songs. Director Graham McLaren, whose productions for National Theatre of Scotland include Men Should Weep and A Christmas Carol, has adapted this classic of the Scottish canon with a contemporary audience in mind. Working alongside choreographer Imogen Knight, this new production embeds a powerful movement aesthetic and a live band comprising members of leading Scottish bands Strike the Colours and Zoey van Goey, performing new songs by MJ McCarthy (Composer and Sound Designer). The creative team also includes Lizzie Powell (Lighting Designer) and Rebecca Hamilton (Design Associate).

Corrie was a miner from the Fife coalfields and wrote the play while on strike in 1926, to raise funds for the soup kitchens feeding his fellow miners and their starving families.

When the play was first performed by Corrie’s hastily assembled local amateur group, the Fife Miner Players, it was an outstanding success, touring to theatres all over Scotland and England, playing to audiences of between 800 and 1000 per night and going on to win international acclaim. Over the years, Corrie has been described as “the greatest Scottish poet since Burns” by T.S. Eliot, with his works having being compared variously to Emile Zola, Sean O’Casey and Federico Garcia Lorca in their respective local traditions. Despite this, In Time o’ Strife and Corrie himself were shunned by the Scottish theatre elite of the day and the play has seldom been performed professionally; 7:84’s was the last production, at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow in 1982.

Graham McLaren, Associate Director, National Theatre of Scotland said:

In Time o’ Strife was way ahead of its time. It’s a great shame that Corrie was never encouraged, never accepted by the mainstream – much like Ena Lamont Stewart (Men Should Weep). Because here was a great playwright with an original voice, writing about things that no one had any idea about. The play depicts the brutal social consequences of poverty, but it’s also a love story – one with a cruel dilemma at its heart – and we’ll also be drawing on Corrie’s less well known poetry and songs. People will see Joe Corrie in a whole new light.

Frank Chinn, Service Manager, ON at Fife said:

I am delighted that ON at Fife is continuing its relationship with National Theatre of Scotland and bringing ‘home’ to Fife this updated interpretation our Joe Corrie’s masterpiece In Time O’ Strife. We are proud to play our part in staging this important Scottish work and look forward to welcoming audiences to Pathhead Hall for what I hope will be a sell-out run of the show.

Listings Information

An age guide of 12 + is suggested for this production.

Venue: Pathhead Hall, Commercial St. (corner of Broad Wynd), Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY1 2QF

Dates and Times: Wednesday 2nd – Saturday 12th October at 7:30pm
Matinees: Saturday 5th, Wednesday 9th, Saturday 12th October at 2.30pm

Ticket prices: Preview (2nd October) and matinees: all tickets £9
All other performances: £14 (£11 concessions)

Box office: 01592 583302
Online Booking: http://www.onfife.com/events/time-o-strife

Accessible performances: Friday 11th October – BSL

Luminate post-show event: after 2.30pm show on 9th October

For further information about the National Theatre of Scotland, please visit; www.nationaltheatrescotland.com

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