A couple of weekends ago I saw The Pitmen Painters, which is currently playing as part of MTC's current season at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Playwright Lee Hall tells the true and inspiring story of six miners, The Ashington Group, in northern England whose lives are changed when they enroll in an art history class.
The script is great and I was never tempted to check the time. Performances are outstanding all around. Special mention must be made for Christopher Connel who portrays Oliver Kilbourn, the uneducated miner with a talent for painting who’s offered the chance to leave the mines behind for a stipend to paint daily for a wealthy English socialite.
Copies of paintings by the actual miners are on display downstairs and are pretty cool to see. Pitmen is a reminder of easily art can change a persons life, which is certainly something that I can empathize with.