Tuesday 14 September 2021

Coal, Dole & Dinner Ladies - theatre on how Brent locals supported the Miners' Strike: Starts this weekend


Local theatre performances this autumn from Brent Museum and Archives

Coal, Dole and Dinner Ladies will bring to life the untold story of how dinner ladies and other Brent locals supported the Kent miners during the Miners’ Strike in the 1980s. The story has been uncovered in the Trades Union archive collection, held by Brent Museum and Archives, and will be told on stage for the first time this autumn.   

1984 - the Miners Strike was in full swing and a group of Kent Miners, desperate in their struggle against Thatcher's Pit Closures, marched from Kent to Nottingham. Arriving in Willesden, they were heralded by a group of Queens Park Community School (then Aylestone School) Dinner Ladies, given a standing ovation and served a slap up meal in the Dining Hall. Coal, Dole and Dinner Ladies takes us back to 1984 and tells the story of a community supporting the Miners at their darkest hour. Tea and jam roly poly at the refectory included

Performances held at The North London Tavern, 375 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7QB

  • Saturday 18 September 2021 – 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm
  • Sunday 19 September 2021 – 3pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm
  • Sunday 26 September 2021 – 3pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm
  • Saturday 2 October 2021 – 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm

Fully accessible performances held in the Performance Space at The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, London NW10 2SF

  •        Sunday 3 October 2021 – 2pm and 3pm


Tickets are by donation, with the money going to Mutual Aid Food Willesden. We will also be collecting food donations on the days of the productions (we will send out more information about what to bring by email).

Each performance includes refreshments


Coal, Dole and Dinner Ladies is part ofBeing Brent – Heritage for Health and Wellbeing, a project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and delivered by Brent Museum and Archives.  


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