Gary Clark Company & Eldon Street HSHAZ

Photographer James Mulkeen teamed up with renowned local choreographer Gary Clarke to celebrate the architecture and heritage of Eldon Street through movement and dance. This was part of the Wasteland Town Trails, a collaboration between Barnsley Council, Barnsley Museums, The Eldon High Street Heritage Action Zone, Barnsley Civic, and Gary Clarke Company – a professional dance theatre company led by celebrated Grimethorpe-based choreographer Gary Clarke.

The trails included live performances in Barnsley town centre ahead of two sell-out shows at Barnsley Civic, where Gary Clarke Company performed WASTELAND, the thrilling sequel to their highly-acclaimed COAL.

Empire Palace of Varieties

Gary Clarke used the amazing stories of 62 Eldon Street as the inspiration for an exciting new performance piece ‘Empire Palace of Varieties’. This was funded by the South Yorkshire Combined Mayoral Authority as part of the Shared Prosperity funding, and was premiered at the Parkway Cinema over two days in September 2023. The performance explored the different threads of the site’s story – including Benjamin Walker’s fight to save his theatre, Miss Juliette’s performing sealions and the Empire Theatre fire – through movement and dance, with a bespoke soundtrack and film backdrop. The response to the performance was incredible and at times very emotional. An amazing way to celebrate this hugely important but previously unknown piece of Barnsley’s history. Read our blog about 62 Eldon Street