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Poole's Cavern underground theatre show inspired by Chilean mining accident

TRAPPED was inspired by the true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped miles underground for 69 days in 2010.
TRAPPED was inspired by the true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped miles underground for 69 days in 2010.

Buxton's Poole's Cavern is the venue for a thrilling physical theatre show inspired by the true story of the 33 Chilean miners who became trapped miles underground.

TRAPPED is performed entirely underground by Experiential Dance Company at caverns and mines around the UK.

As part of this year's Buxton Festival Fringe, it will be performed at Poole's Cavern three times a day from Wednesday July 18 until Saturday July 21.

TRAPPED was inspired by the true story of the miners who were trapped for 69 days in 2010 when the San Jose copper goldmine in northern Chile collapsed on top of them. A massive international rescue operation was watched on TV by millions of people around the world as the miners were eventually winched to safety.

Artistic Director Rachel Johnson said: “In addition to the breathtaking TV coverage, I read the book ‘Deep Down Dark’ by the Pulitzer prize winning journalist Hector Tobar.

"It captures this unique drama so vividly; from the conflicts and the emotions that enveloped the men during their first fortnight underground when death by starvation loomed, to the subsequent weeks when they managed to make contact with the outside world.

“We’ve designed miniature lighting rigs which sit on the front of the hard hats worn by each member of the audience; they go on a journey with the performers, imagining a tiny shred of what it must have been like for the San Jose miners.”

TRAPPED will be performed each day at 6pm, 7.15pm and 8.30pm. Tickets, priced £14 (children and concessions £12), are available at www.buxtonfringe.org.uk.