28 November 2009

The Pitmen Painters

The Ashington Group, otherwise known as the Pitmen Painters, miners from the North East, set up an art group in the 1930s.
Viv and Carol  came across this when a magazine article appeared about the group, in which there was a fabulous painting of a Bedlington, created by one of the painters, and Carol did some further research.

William_Moore's_Bedlington_2The Pitmen Painters play, came to Norwich, so they went. They weren’t disappointed – the whole play was brilliant, and they were delighted when the Bedlington painting was the focus of almost an entire scene. 

Thanks to Viv for sending the photo of the painting. What luck to have the play come to Norwich. Unfortunately the tour ends today in Bath. Click on the link to view the trailer.

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7 comments:

DEREK LEWIS said...

Wonder what price it would go for on eBay.

The Makem

carol said...

The Bedlington was painted by William Scott,at 75 years old it was his only Ashington Group painting.The Ashington pit is in the background, on the left is a row of miners cottages.It took him a fortnight to paint,for their second Newcastle Exhibition held at the Laing Art Gallery in March 1938

tony waller said...

Melvyn Bragg payed tribute to the painters on the South Bank Show a couple of years ago, that was the first time that i saw the Bedlington painting.

enid said...

This play came to Cardiff the week that our pup was due so we were not able to go. I've just watched the video (thanks Carol and Viv) and I hope it gets made into a film or TV play so that it can be seen by a wider audience.

carol said...

It was on Radio 4 a while back, and I think there is talk about a TV production. In my view the actor who played Oliver Kilburn (Christopher Connell)was magnificent and will forever be Oliver Kilburn! The entire cast was brilliant, but he was exceptional.

Sarah and Tony said...

South bank show featured the play on 18th October - excellent interviews with Lee Hall and Bill Feaver ( I can't work out whether you can see it again as a pod-cast. This video is pretty similar. I thought about seeing the play when I was in London 2 weeks ago, and went to War Horse instead, as I assumed that it would be coming back up-north on tour. It's still on at the National Theatre until 7th Feb - perhaps a good excuse for a trip to London in the new year?

Madeline said...

I saw the play at the National - it was tremendous. And the accompanying exhibition of paintings by the group was very moving.