Ellie's Miners memorial blog.
So on Sunday 8th of October Yew Tree took off to Selby Abbey to perform in yet another miners memorial service. So in the weeks leading up to it we rehearsed very intensely to get the piece perfect to ensure we knew what our lines meant as well as just knowing the lines, this added a deeper meaning to the cast about the piece and made us emphasise with the audience, who were all family members of the miners who lost their jobs at the Selby pit.
In our first rehearsal Sarah introduced us to the lovely Cheryl, who very kindly wrote and composed a song to interweave with the piece, using only our script for inspiration. If you’d like to see a snippet of the song I’m sure it’s on Yew Tree’s page. After the first rehearsal we didn’t get Cheryl back until the show, where she showed up as a surprise for us, but we continued to press on with the song and place the individual verses in appropriate places throughout the script.
Performing in the miners memorial service for me is a great honour and it allows me to feel as though I’m giving a little back to the community as we are helping those who had friends or relatives that worked in the mines remember them for the better.