A Lee Hall play presented by The 5 & Dime, A Theatre Company and The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.
July 26, 2013 – August 4, 2013
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens – Terry Gallery
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and The 5 & Dime, A Theatre Company are collaborating to present The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall. The Pitmen Painters comes to Jacksonville fresh from an acclaimed run in London and on Broadway. This earthy, honest examination of art in ordinary life retells the true story of a group of Newcastle (UK) miners in the 1930′s whose lives change when they mistakenly enroll in an Art class. They went on to gain worldwide attention as artists known as the Ashington Group. Like Hall’s acclaimed film and musical Billy Elliot, this script tells another inspiring story of what happens when working class laborers (or any disenfranchised group) are exposed to the arts and have the opportunity to realize their potential.
It is always exciting when two local cultural organizations can partner to create something unique and special. When Lee Hamby of The Five and Dime approached The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens with the idea of hosting the play, we knew we had to do it. What better place than The Cummer to showcase a play about a group of men who had never been exposed to art on any level and yet were challenged to think about, question, and create art. The questions brought up in this play are relevant today and we are thrilled to be a part of the conversation!
July 26, August 2, & August 3 at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
July 28, August 3, & August 4 at 1 p.m.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and include Museum Admission an hour before show times. Tickets are ONLY available online or at the door – they are NOT being sold through the Museum.