Thursday, October 27, 2011

MidWeek Mention - The Pitmen Painters

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.)


  1. I'm originally from Ashington, Toni - So glad that you have brought more focus to this important part of the town's history...

    I sooo want to see the play! Will hope to catch up with you next time you're 'in town'! Fhi x

  2. It is the best play ever presented. I have now seen several different productions a total of nine times so far!


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