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T.A.O.D.S. Present:

The Pitmen Painters
by Lee Hall

To be presented 21st to 24th June 2017


Our Summer play this year will be The Pitmen Painters written by Lee Hall          (probably best known for Billy Elliot).  Based on a true story, it is a funny and moving tale of a group of ordinary men who achieved extra-ordinary fame.


The Ashington Group were Northumberland miners in the 1930s.  As part of an educational program, they engaged Robert Lyon (Master of painting at Kings College, Newcastle) to teach a series of evening classes on Art Appreciation – although none of them knew what Art Appreciation was.  Once Lyon got to know the men, and realised his usual teaching methods were never going to reach them, he decided to teach them appreciation through creation by developing the men’s own talent as artists – with amazing results.


The Pitmen Painters is a story of the hopes, dreams, determination and the camaraderie of these miners. It is a play about class struggle and the ownership of art and it is a tale about friends, who accidentally became a working class phenomenon and found themselves on the brink of a whole new world.


The play will be directed by Shaun Vause and Claire Walker

The co-ordinator is Chloe McNeill