Graham McLaren’s powerful reimagining of Joe Corrie’s classic 1926 drama In Time o’ Strife returns to tour 30 years on from the fateful miners’ strike of 1984.
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 conceived very much with a contemporary audience in mind.
The play exposes the lives of a Fife mining family staring hunger and defeat in the face during the General Strike of 1926.
A poignant meditation on class and power, the show garnered critical praise for its raw energy, emotional impact and its subtle yet powerful representation. The National Theatre of Scotland’s production of In Time o’ Strife received its world premiere in Kirkcaldy, in October 2013.
In addition to Corrie’s original script, the production interweaves fragments of his other plays, poems and songs.
The Shilling a Week Band’s vigorous reinterpretations of Corrie poems had audiences stomping their feet, and a soundtrack EP was released online to accompany the show’s run.
With Corrie’s script having gone out of print, the National Theatre of Scotland commissioned a new publication, including Graham McLaren’s adapted playtext, which, in an accompanying online version, features iPhone-interactive footnotes and gives readers access to behind the scenes video and audio content.
Director Graham McLaren said: “Almost 90 years ago, Joe Corrie wrote In Time o’ Strife to raise funds for the local food banks and soup kitchens.
“In 2013, we were delighted to be able to remount the show for the people of Fife, who experienced such hardship during the last miners’ strike in 1984.
“This year is the 30th anniversary of that strike and we are very excited to be taking this play about the strength of the Common Man to audiences across Scotland.”
In Time o’ Strife will play at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom from Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 September and tickets are available by calling 01224 641122 or visiting www.aberdeenperformingarts.com.