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Mining image from Mandy Norman

Mining image from Mandy Norman

A Community Changed

My grandfather was killed in the William Pit disaster of 1947 ...

What's your story about?

The community I came from was a coal-mining community. As the pits were closed, the community changed. Great losses were felt for a long time.
In Newcastle I found a way to express myself - theatre. I became an actress/theatre worker.
I now work in Whitehaven, teaching children about history through drama.

Why did you choose to tell this story?

It has a major impact on my life, and my background was coal-mining. All my relations worked in the pits and my Granda was killed in the last big disaster of Whitehaven that affected the community.

Please tell us about yourself.

I work as a performing artist / tutor and have just set up a new heritage drama/community theatre company. I regularly do heritage/historical workshops in schools and worth with a cross section of community groups. I also like drama as a therapy and am studying further in this field at the moment.

What was the experience of making your digital story like?

Great - interesting, fun and exciting.

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