If you're from the North East of England, you're probably familiar with the tale of the Pitmen Painters; a group of miners from Ashington Colliery in Northumberland.
A permanent exhibition of the miners' work can be seen at Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland, if you're up that way. Toni visited this summer and although it's a small museum, it's well worth a visit. A book and a play have been produced about the Pitmen Painters, and after a fantastic run at Newcastle's Live Theatre and elsewhere, it's now playing at the Duchess Theatre in London's West End till January. Here's a review of the play in London. Mike has seen it and recommends it.
For Americans, it's also playing at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City and (oh joy) at the Timeline Theatre in Chicago.
Here's one more link to Robson Greene talking about the making of the Pitmen Painters. (Readers in the USA may not be able to view it.)