Pitmen Painters

Lee Hall

Pitmen Painters

In 1934, a group of Ashington miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practice, the pitmen began to paint. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collections; but every day they  worked, as before, down the mine. 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
Pitmen Painters

Omniscore:

Location The National
Venue Lyttelton Theatre
Director Max Roberts
Cast Michael Hodgson, Ian Kelly, Brian Lonsdale, Lisa McGrillis Christopher Connel
From
Until February 2010
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In 1934, a group of Ashington miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practice, the pitmen began to paint. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collections; but every day they  worked, as before, down the mine.

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Reviews

The Evening Standard

Nicholas de Jongh

... it is at once amusing, tragic and revelatory, drawing class, politics and art into combative relationship.

05/03/2011

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The Observer

Rachel Cooke

The Pitmen Painters is extraordinary for all sorts of reasons, but chief among them is the fact that it manages to be both a great night out and gravely serious. It is a funny play that asks big questions about education, culture and the working classes without ever being patronising, stupid, boring or using the dread word 'inclusive'.

08/02/2009

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The Times

Benedict Nightingale

Lee Hall’s fine play, based on real-life events, involves Geordie miners who discover both longings and talents for art.

24/01/2009

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The Financial Times

Sarah Hemming

both a stirring political and touchingly humane piece of theatre

07/02/2009

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