Thursday, April 24, 2008

Seen a play


I had a nice weekend (I can't believe it's already Thursday!).
We went to see a play, Pitman Painters by Lee Hall, who also did Billy Elliot. It's about a group of coal miners from Ashington (not far from Newcastle) in the 1930s-40s when coal miners had very little formal education and largely started in the coal mines at age 11. A group of them started off with an art appreciation course and end up as painters.

The acting as so-so, but I thought they did a great job with the accents.

The theatre was very interesting, it's tiny, about 150 people, 50 in the balcony, 100 downstairs, with the first 50 seats placed around tables so that people can have a drink while they watch the play.

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