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Caroline Radcliffe

Caroline Radcliffe is a theatre maker and musician. While researching Dan Leno, the famous nineteenth century comedian, she discovered he had also been Champion Clog Dancer of Wigan. This inspired Caroline to learn how to clog dance herself. Learning with Pat Tracey and Camden Clog, she discovered clog's rich industrial history - and this led her to approach Sarah Angliss to explore the connection between dance and repetitive labour in the Lancashire cotton mills. Seeking to create a theatre piece that connected with a contemporary audience, Caroline and Sarah mixed clog steps with found sound and images from Quarry Bank Mill in Lancashire to create the piece they’re performing at Modern Ritual. This dance is of personal significance to Caroline and Sarah - both had ancestors who worked in the cotton mills and coal mines of the industrial revolution.