Beth Steel
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The Midlands, 1984. Two young lads are about to learn what it is to be a miner, to be accepted into the close camaraderie and initiated into a unique workplace where sweat, toil, collapsing roofs and explosions are all to be met with bawdy humour.

London, 1984. A conflicted Tory MP, a brash American CEO and an eccentric maverick are the face of a radical Conservative government preparing to do battle with the most powerful workforce, the miners.

As the two sides clash, the miners fight for their livelihoods and families, and the government for its vision of a free Britain. Together they change the fabric of the nation forever.

Wonderland by Beth Steel premiered at the Hampstead Theatre, London, in June 2014.

Beth Steel received the Evening Standard Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright 2014.

Critic Reviews

Exceptionally involving and emotionally devastating... This very moving play is timely in more ways than one.

Critic Reviews

Beth Steel's ambitious, sprawling, impassioned play transports its audience down into the half-light and infernal heat of a Nottinghamshire pit among men who for generations risked their lives in backbreaking toil.

The Times
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An eloquent reminder of the year's [Miners' Strike 30th anniversary] importance

Evening Standard

Beth Steel’s first play Ditch premiered at the HighTide Festival before transferring to the Old Vic Tunnels. Ditch was shortlisted for the John Whiting Award. Wonderland her second play was performed at Hampstead Theatre in and won her the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. Her third play, Labyrinth opened at the Hampstead Theatre in 2016.

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