The Pitmen Painters
05/11/18 - 10/11/18
By Lee Hall
“Based on a true story, The Pitmen Painters is a funny play that also addresses serious issues about a group of ordinary men, who went on to achieve extraordinary things”.
A group of miners from Ashington, who were determined to better themselves, employ Robert Lyon, a Master of Painting at Kings College Newcastle, to teach them art appreciation. With the evening classes getting off to a shaky start, due to neither side being able to understand each other, the Mr Lyon encourages the miners to make art themselves, beginning with linocuts and moving on to paintings drawing on life in their own community. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends, their work was taken for prestigious collections and they were celebrated throughout the British art world; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine.
Directed by Vicki Lockey and Jo Cosgrove