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Dominic Clarke, Luke Walden, Ross Holland, Michael Martin & Paul Harris and John Turnbull in Pitmen Painters

Dominic Clarke in Pitmen Painters

Alice Higginson in Pitmen Painters

Dominic Clarke and John Turnbull in Pitmen Painters

Dominic Clarke, Michael Martin & Ross Holland and John Turnbull in Pitmen Painters

The Set in Pitmen Painters

Luke Walden, Dominic Clarke, Ross Holland & John Turnbull and Michael Martin in Pitmen Painters

John Turnbull in Pitmen Painters

Paul Harris & Luke Walden and Cath Bateman in Pitmen Painters

John Turnbull, Ross Holland & Michael Martin and Dominic Clarke in Pitmen Painters

Dominic Clarke, Michael Martin, Luke Walden & John Turnbull and Ross Holland in Pitmen Painters

Paul Harris in Pitmen Painters

Glen Chute in Pitmen Painters

Dominic Clarke & Alice Higginson and Ross Holland in Pitmen Painters

Ross Holland in Pitmen Painters

John Turnbull, Michael Martin, Dominic Clarke & Luke Walden and Ross Holland in Pitmen Painters

Luke Walden, Dominic Clarke, Michael Martin, Ross Holland & Alice Higginson and John Turnbull in Pitmen Painters

Michael Martin in Pitmen Painters

Dominic Clarke in Pitmen Painters

Paul Harris in Pitmen Painters

Luke Walden in Pitmen Painters

John Turnbull in Pitmen Painters

Michael Martin in Pitmen Painters

John Turnbull, Dominic Clarke, Michael Martin, Cath Bateman, Ross Holland, Luke Walden & Paul Harris in Pitmen Painters

Cath Bateman in Pitmen Painters

Pitmen Painters

by Lee Hall

11th to 18th November 2017



An inspiring, important new play…A play that’s both deliciously comic and grave’ Observer

‘A play about the importance not just of feeding your stomach and your brain, but about feeding your soul’ Guardian

Written by Lee Hall (who also wrote Billy Elliot), The Pitmen Painters was first performed in Newcastle in 2007. Almost instantly it was snapped up by the National Theatre, achieving sell out audiences in London, touring the UK and also transferring to Broadway. It is currently listed as a set text in the comedy section for Edexcel English Literature at A and AS Level. It is most definitely a great play to watch, study and perform!

The Pitmen Painters is a true story. The action takes place between 1934 & 1947. A group of miners from Ashington, Northumberland, attend evening classes after work. Ideally they had wanted to learn about economics but the only teacher available turns out to be an art historian who isn’t even a professor!

The miners are cynical and the teacher struggles to find a way to engage his audience. Until, that is, the teacher sets them homework…”Do it yourselves…..Paint.”