Murchison and the miners, synopsis

The year is sometime in the 1850s.

Tommy Jukes is a Dudley miner who loves fossils almost as much as he likes his beer. The play imagines what might have happened when Tommy, his strong-willed wife Susan, and friend and land agent James Gillespie meet the eminent Victorian geologist Sir Roderick Impey Murchison.

The Jukes and James Gillespie are imaginary, but Murchison was definitely real and a famous figure in his day.

Murchison and the miners

Tommy Jukes, miner: Vincent Fox
James Gillespie, land-agent to the Earl of Dudley: Phil Hemming
Susan Jukes, Tommy’s wife: Katie O’Malley
Sir Roderick Murchison, famous Victorian Geologist: Chris Barltrop

Director: Jonathan Collings
Writer / Producer: Jefny Ashcroft

Murchison and the miners

The play was featured in a report on Midlands Today on 9th November, available on their Facebook page.

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