Liskeard Unlocked; The Children’s Strike

Liskeard Unlocked: The Children’s Strike

In the summer of 2019 we were asked, as part of the Liskeard Unlocked Heritage Open days to produce a  film and record a Promenade Play performed by the Wham Bam Dram Club.

The play focused on the 1872 Children Miners Strike that took part in the town.

The short film  gives a glimpse of the lives of Victorian children working in local mines juxtaposed against the lives of the modern day children performing the promenade play and taking part in the Global School Strike for Climate Change that was happening in 2019.

Many of today’s children their lives and experiences compared to 1872 are very different but there are parallels in children’s activism.

The footage was shot around the town of Liskeard and at Minions.

Narrator and Pianist: Natalie Stephens,
Cast: The Wham Ban Drama Club
News Readers: Emma Jenkins, Stella Medlin & Asa Pennell

Production Assistant: Shanna Besford Foster
Research: Brian Oldham
Camera: Jon Puckey & Matt Thornhill

Aerial Photography by Streetzips
Stock Footage provided by Videvo ( and

Editing: Small Barn Studios
Audio Enginee:r Dean Moore (recorded at Pipewell Studios, Liskeard)

Play written and directed by Nina Hills
Short film written by Matt Thornhill, associate writer Tim Norman

Directed by Matt Thornhill

A Small Barn Studios Production

Funded by Liskeard Town Council, Cornwall Heritage Trust and Cornwall County Councillor Sally Hawken through her Community Chest Fund