20 January 2012
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Russell Senior behind plans to bring 1980s miners' strike to the Sheffield stage as musical

Words Helen Lawson

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Pulp’s Russell Senior is behind plans to bring the story and songs of the miners’ strikes to the Sheffield stage, and we’re not referring to attempts to get the performing licence for Billy Elliot the Musical.

Two Tribes, scripted by Senior and fellow Sheffield resident Ralph Palmer – better known to the city’s nightlife as perma-hatted DJ Ralph Razor – has gone into production, with the pair seeking a local cast, crew, and financial backing through their website.

“The strikes were such a dramatic time, and the human story behind them – the destruction of entire communities – is something that demands to be retold,” Senior told the Sheffield Star.

They hope to debut scenes from the show, which will include scenes at the Battle of Orgreave and feature pop songs from the 1980s, at this summer’s Tramlines festival.

According to Senior, the pair won’t be turning the picket lines into chorus lines: “The music will come in where there would be music in reality – such as at a fundraising disco.”

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