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The Pitmen Painters

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  2f, 6m

Inspired by a book by William Feaver

In 1934, a group of Ashington miners and a dental mechanic hired a professor from Newcastle University to teach an Art Appreciation evening class.

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    Cast Size
    2f, 6m
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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
  • Mandatory Music/Media Fee: £10 per performance

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Summary
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 taken for prestigious collections and they were celebrated throughout the British art world; but every day they worked, as before,down the mine.
History
The Pitmen Painters premiered at Live Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in September 2007, before transferring to the National Theatre in 2008.
Cast Attributes
  • Time Period 1930s
  • Features Period Costumes

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Lee Hall

Lee Hall was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1966 and studied English Literature at Cambridge University. He has worked as a writer in theatre, TV, radio and film. He has been writer in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Live Theatre, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

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