‘Dust’, the story of June Hancock’s fight opens to critical acclaim

September 1, 2009

‘Dust’ opened to critical acclaim at the ‘I love Leeds’ Festival on 11 July, transferring to the West Yorkshire Playhouse the following week.

Drawn from trial transcripts, interviews and letters, and performed by a cast including residents of Armley and its surrounds, Dust is the story of June Hancock’s fight against the company that was to cause her premature death. Personal accounts of those whose lives were blighted by asbestos were displayed in the foyer of the Playhouse for everyone to see. The impact of Dust on those who took part in the production, and on the spectators, was incredible.

We would like to pay tribute not only to Ken Yates for writing the play, but also to the cast and crew, who were so giving of their time, and to the vision and commitment of director Alex Chisholm. A total of £1,987.26 was raised from donations collected at each performance.