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The Pitmen Painters

Lee Hall

1930s in one small mining town in England. A few men take night classes organized for workers by an educational association. After a long day at work they listen to educational lectures about evolution and other things. At one time they start talking about art history and from there on they switch theory for practice – they start painting themselves. “Learn by practice,” says the art historian who instructs them. The subject of their paintings is their everyday life – work, mines, local people, and neighbourhood. This is how a little group of artists known by the name of Ashington came to life and within a few years their work made its way into exhibitions, galleries and respectable collections. But the artist/miners still spent 10 hours every day working underground in the coalmine.

The play is based on real events and as it sometimes happens in life, these events are unbelievably funny. At the same time the story touches upon very important topics: class boundaries, socialism, possibilities and constraints of an individual, guardianship as/and/or exploitation, the value of art and its elevating effect… Did the miners really become artists? Was their art taken seriously or was it looked upon as an exotic oddity? After all, we all are our own descent, environment and mentality. Can we escape the self that our childhood events and environment have shaped us into and how much can one special experience change us?

Lavastaja ja muusikaline kujundaja Priit Pedajas
Kunstnik Riina Degtjarenko
Tõlkinud Krista Kaer

Osades: Guido Kangur, Taavi Teplenkov, Ivo Uukkivi, Tõnu Oja, Raimo Pass, Britta Vahur või Piret Krumm, Laine Mägi, Pääru Oja.

Dates Start time Kirjeldus Stage