Cast: Joy Brook, Trevor Fox, Michael Hodgson, Viktoria Kay, David Leonard, Brian Lonsdale, Deka Walmsley, David Whitaker.
Writer: Lee Hall
Running Time: 120 minutes
Theatre: The Leeds Grand Theatre
After a sell-out season on Broadway and continuing a tour with The National Theatre, Lee hall's Pitmen Painters arrives at The Grand Theatre with high expectations.
Inspired by the book by William Feaver, Pitmen Painters is the story of a group of Northumberland miners who have founded The Ashington Group – a society dedicated to intellectual discussion. Deciding to learn more about art, the group recruits tutor Robert Lyon, who suggests that the miners paint to gain a deeper understanding of the medium. Surprised by the quality of the group’s output, they host an exhibition in Newcastle which soon gives the miners a celebrated notoriety within the art world, promising to change their lives forever. However, as the shadow of the Second World War descends, a near future of any kind seems wholly uncertain indeed.
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