Powerful portrayal of mining protests

A scene from the miners' strike. Picture by Keith Pattison.
A scene from the miners' strike. Picture by Keith Pattison.

A powerful and evocative mixed-media performance marking the 30th anniversary of the 1984/85 miners’ strike is set to tour Britain next year.

No Redemption is a film and music project between photographer Keith Pattison, songwriter Brenda Heslop and the band Ribbon Road.

A scene from the miners' strike. Picture by Keith Pattison.

A scene from the miners' strike. Picture by Keith Pattison.

During 1984/85, Pattison documented the strike at Easington Colliery through an in-depth series of black and white photographs which form the basis of the 50-minute documentary film, No Redemption.

Using songs and narration as the soundtrack, this compelling film follows the striking miners and their families through the optimism of August, through the deepening pessimism of winter, to the final vote to return to work.

After meeting Keith during 2013, Northumberland-based songwriter Brenda Heslop wrote a 12-piece song cycle, No Redemption Songs, inspired by the photographs and recent visits to Easington Colliery.

Reflecting on the continuing aftermath of the strike in the 21st Century, this forms the basis of a richly evocative live music performance by Brenda and her band Ribbon Road.

No Redemption is an absorbing performance which marks the 30th anniversary of the strike, showcasing both the film and the songs.

The CD of the songs has just been released and the mixed media show featuring the songs and film has been released on DVD and premiered at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year to a sell-out audience.

The show will tour Britain in spring 2015.