by Lee Hall
Directed by Jack Paterson
Jan 24 – Feb 16 at the Jericho Arts Centre
In 1934, a group of Ashington miners and a dental mechanic hired a professor from Newcastle University to teach an Art Appreciation evening class. Unable to understand each other, they embarked on one of the most unusual experiments in British art as the pitmen learned to become painters. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends, their work was chosen for prestigious collections and they were celebrated throughout the British art world; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine. A true story made into a heartwarming play.
“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 patronizing, stupid, boring, or using the dreaded word ‘inclusive’.”
– The Guardian
The Pitmen Painters stars Stephanie Dyck, James Gill, Keith Martin Gordey, Paul Herbert, Kurtis Maguire, Alexis Quednau, John Prowse, and Michael Wild. It is directed by John Jack Paterson, with set design by Jessica Oostergo, lighting design by Graham Ockley, costumes by Lisa Sadler, sound design by Jeff Tymochuk, technical direction by Krysten Neeson, stage management by Andy Sandberg, and is produced by Vera Gammert.
Jericho Arts Centre
1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver, BC V6R 4K5