Striking response to Test Dept DS30
On Thursday we began our Closing Weekend event, Test Dept at Dunston Staiths, aka Test Dept DS30. The response has been overwhelming, as audiences experience this dramatic intervention at the monumental Staiths on the 30th anniversary of the Miners' strike. Here's just some of the thoughts and feelings that have been shared so far.
Annie Lambert, via email:
A boat trip up the river Tyne; a light show reminiscent of the search lights of the war; a documentary of work, of productivity, contribution, betrayal and death of communities. A soundtrack as raw and bleak as the events depicted and the realisation that nothing has changed much. We talk about resilience in the face of desolation; empty words – there is only desolation and no alternative was offered. The beat of pick against rock like the heart of a community stopped and so did time. If those of us who nightly watched the endless screenings to the end of an industry had really understood, really empathised we would have all risen up and stood against this oppression, but we didn’t. We were brainwashed by the media and became apathetic, part of the problem, aligned with the oppressor, guilty as charged. Tonight I have seen something so powerful and compelling, it will remain with me for a very long time.
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