Barnsley On Film: Heart of The Wood

Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Mining Communities

Free screenings take place in the Learning Lab throughout the day with no need to book. The 1 hour 15 minute video plays on a loop from from 10am

A teenage girl and her younger brother go on an epic and magical underground quest to fight for the life of their grandfather.

The Big Reveal in conjunction with Barnsley Council, The Dearne Playhouse and the schools and community of the Dearne Valley created a spectacular of dance, music, song and drama. Culminating in three performances at the iconic Dearne Playhouse in December 2023, the project developed over the previous 19 months.

The performance and the accompanying book were created by:

  • Over 200 primary school children
  • Four newly created school choirs
  • One brass band
  • One male voice choir
  • One community ladies’ choir
  • Ten young contemporary dancers
  • Two local amateur actors
  • Two regional professional actors
  • Four local young actors

The production at The Dearne Playhouse starred four young actors from Goldthorpe – Joe Easton, Quinn Plews, Maisie Boyd and Kira Powell - in the leading roles of brother and sister Jake and Megan. The sell-out show saw Megan and Jake embarking on an adventure into the underground world where their grandad had been a miner.


More details about this project can be found here