The Pitmen Painters (2015)

Nobody told us to paint, nobody paid us! This is us - our lives!

Mar 21st to 28th 2015

Written by Lee Hall

Directed by Pete Bagley

In 1934, a group of Ashington miners and a dental mechanic hired a professor from Newcastle University to teach an Art Appreciation evening class. Unable to understand each other, they embarked on one of the most unusual experiments in British art as the pitmen learned to become painters. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends, their work was taken for prestigious collections and they were celebrated throughout the British art world; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine. The Pitmen Painters premiered at Live Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, before transferring to the National Theatre in 2008. The rights have only just been released for Amateurs.