The Story of the Bevin Boys

National Coal Mining Museum

November 2018

Breakthru Horbury performed their original drama piece, ‘The Story of the Bevin Boys’, during Armstice Day commemorations at the Museum on 11th November 2018. The performance depicted the history of the Bevin Boys and their contribution to the war effort during World War II. To create the piece, Breakthru Horbury members interviewed and recorded an oral history of former Bevin Boy Harry Parkes’s story. The final performance was a creative response to these conversations. It was performed in the Museum’s exhibition space for the public.

You can watch a recording of their performance here.


  • Acting and performing
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Script-writing
  • Character development
  • Story telling
  • Interpreting heritage
  • Interviewing
  • Recording oral histories
  • Creative writing
  • Presenting
  • Public speaking
  • Working under pressure