Strike by Name brings memories of the 1984 Miner's Strike to the Scarborough Fringe

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Jen Strike was only 12 years old when her dad Norman went out on strike in 1984 . Now she is bringing her stand up show to the Scarborough Fair to retell some of her dad's and her own stories.

She recalls that it was a very difficult time for the family and those in the local community with her dad being away increasingly often as he became a flying picket. He was even at the famous Battle of Orgreave.

"My dad, Norman Strike( real name), kept a diary throughout the strike so that he could explain to my sister and I exactly why we had gone without and why he was away so often. With it being the 40th anniversary of the strike, it seemed the perfect time to tell our stories."

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Jen also explained that she was particularly interested in performing the show in the north, as it would resonate particularly strongly with those that had family members who were directly involved.

Jen Strike on stageJen Strike on stage
Jen Strike on stage

She added, "The strike was not a funny time, but my show mixes up my slightly more humorous pre- teen memories and parody 80s songs with the words of my dad directly from his actual diary."

The show will be performed for one evening only at the Mandy Apple Art and Event Space on Saturday 29th June at 6pm.

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