This Heritage Lottery funded commission came from the North Staffordshire Miners’ Wives Action Group and Women Against Pit Closures.

In the writing of the play – Digging In – Deborah interviewed local people who were children of mining families, and created the piece directly from their first hand experiences. Although centred around a fictional family, everything that happens in the play really happened and much of the script was verbatim.

The primary objective of the commission was to educate children about the social history of their community, and to inform them about events 30 years ago. Digging In was performed in schools situated in former mining communities across the North Staffordshire coalfield, and carried an accompanying education and resource pack for teachers.

The play received one public gala performance at a packed Mitchell Arts Centre in June 2015 and was a huge success.