As part of the research and development process, Constella OperaBallet have been working with children and ex-miners in Kent and Barnsely.
A miner with a canary.
The Canary Boys is due to be premiered in summer 2017 by Constella OperaBallet, directed by Ella Marchment with choreography by Erico Montes.
Based on real stories, The Canary Boys follows struggle of acceptance of a family who have walked from Scotland to the South of England to work in the pits. Upon their arrival, the local community rejects the miners, treating them as lower class citizens. The father, Ted and sons, Howard and Tom, work in the mines, and both boys fall in love with Sarah, leading to fight and Tom leaving the community. Time passes and Tom returns to the mining community, having lived in isolation and poverty. Howard on the other hand has been working hard to support the community, and helping to establish schools and the welfare club. Ted is sick and on his deathbed, at which point the brothers make peace, and the community welcomes Howard back.
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