The Pitmen Painters
by Lee Hall
29th January - 6th February 2016
~ Directed by Andy Lee ~

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The Pitmen Painters' tells the true story of the Ashington group, a collection of Northumbria miners - and one dental mechanic - who, in 1934, under the auspices of the Workers' Educational Association, employed a tutor from the local art school to teach them 'art appreciation'. Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practice the pitmen begin to paint - prolifically. Within a few years avant-garde artists become their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collectors; but every day they continued to work, as before, down the mine.

The 'Pitman Painters' is highly amusing, deeply moving and always entertaining as it examines the lives of a group of ordinary men who did extraordinary things.

Cast
Andy KirtleyGeorge Brown
Andy HowellOliver Kilbourn
Paul MortonJimmy Floyd
Callum BairdYoung Lad
Stuart HandysidesHarry Wilson
Chris JanesRobert Lyon
Emma MuirSusan Parks
Jan Palmer SayerHelen Sutherland
Mark HaumannBen Nicholson
Crew
Claudia McKelveyStage Manager
Ken Allford & Madeleine LeeLighting Design
Andy PatersonSound & Video Design
Angela ReissWardrobe
Julia Lee & Jenny AllfordProps
Peter ReissRehearsal Prompt

Photos by Steve Beeston Photography
Review by Cliff Greely