The Canary Boys

A travelling celebration of UK mining heritage through opera-ballet

A unique, collaborative project between Constella OperaBallet, Mill Hill & Betteshanger CIC, Studio Evans Lane, and Media Trust, combining:

• A cutting edge travelling installation designed by leading architects StudioEvans Lane,

• a unique venue through which to voice the UK’s rich mining heritage.

• The mining story told through a specially commissioned immersive collaboration of music, dance, design and film from Constella OperaBallet and Media Trust,

• beginning with a virtual reality descent into a mine prior to the installation performance.

• A full scale opera-ballet production by Constella touring in parallel to the installation, created from

• Creative, cross-generational workshops with young people in ex-mining communities, to preserve their stories for future generations.

• A global reach digital platform for performance recordings, photographs, film and education.

With the closure of the last mine in Kellingley, it is vital that we capture the wonderful stories and memories of the coal mining industry before it is too late. The Canary Boys will provide a really accessible way of connecting communities to mining heritage, bringing people together on an intergenerational basis to share memories, and create new ones.”

Mike Benson

Museum Director, National Mining Museum for England

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