From Grimethorpe With Love, a new saucy stage comedy which is enjoying it’s world premiere opening in South Yorkshire, has already been dubbed 50 Shades of Coal.
And that’s by the writer and director, Jack Land Noble.
With a hint of Brassed Off meets The Full Monty he deals with the serious impact of pit closure job losses through the eyes of a middle-aged redundant ex-miner - who turns his hand to writing erotic fiction.
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Tickets, not surprisingly, are selling briskly for From Grimethorpe With Love, which runs at The Lamproom Theatre, Westgate, Barnsley, until Saturday, July 19.
“I think people have a thirst for filth. I really do,” laughs Jack, aged 25, of Stairfoot, Barnsley.
“Basically, the play is about pride, passion and pit helmets. It’s 50 Shades Of Coal.
“As I was researching it the 50 Shades Of Grey phenomenon had just swept the world, a seemingly thirst for sexual re-awakening. It got me thinking what would happen if a miner turned his hand to writing erotic fiction. That’s how the play came about really.
“It’s not a farce but it’s farcical and absurd in parts, it’s very Milliganesque - it is an adult comedy, aimed at 16-plus. “There’s very little strong language in it. Nudity, yes. Not full frontal, we don’t want to send people away with upset stomachs.”
It stars Will Bisby, Irene Jones, Ruth Burbidge, Adrian Smith and Sandra Haigh.
Jack, says he who took some staging inspiration from Mrs Brown’s Boys, including characters talking direct to the audience, explained: “The play chronicles one man’s journey.
“He’s in a loveless marriage. He’s been married 30-years to his beloved wife.But there’s no spark anymore. There’s nothing there’s It’s dead.
“But she has dreams, aspirations to go on this unbridled bender of bountiful, you know what.
“They take to this adventure if you like, this carnal adventure to rediscover themselves.
“It looks at the Grimethorpe community and how their resilience in the face of the pit closure was an unbelievable thing.
“It’s 21 years since Grimethorpe pit closed. It’s 30 years since the miner’s strike and so many great pieces of theatre have been staged to celebrate such moments in history. Brassed Off is one such example.
“But I wanted to take the elements of the pit closure and the miners strike and just add a different twist to the story.”
Full time playwright and producer Jack, who graduated with a First Class Honours degree in drama from the University of Hull in 2012, is fast becoming known as Mr Lamproom - at the little charity run theatre, where award winning ex Coronation Street and Mr Selfridge star Katherine Kelly and her family are heavily involved.
Artistic Director of The Yorkshireman Company, Jack also wrote, acted in and staged at the Lamproom the world’s first wrestling musical, Grappling. He’s already working on a 2015 summer world premiere for next offeing, The Codfather, a fish and chop shop comedy, about sex, lies and mushy peas.
Before then he’s directing Being Tommy Cooper at the Lamproom in September and will take the spotlight as his country and western alter-ego The Coalfield Cowboy, in December.