From Pithead to Art Gallery; THE Highly Acclaimed
Byline: ANGELA BROOKS
THE highly acclaimed play Pitmen Painters, a true story that shows a group of miners who fall in love with painting, is coming to Clwyd Theatr Cymru. The play is inspired by the book by William Feaver and is about a group of working class miners in the 1930s who chose to take up an art appreciation class then picked up their brushes and began painting.
Their art exhibitions became incredibly successful and their work was seen all over the world.
Joy Brook (from the BBC's Doctors and Hotel Babylon) plays Helen Sunderland, an heiress and one of the richest women in England, who becomes captivated by the miners and falls unexpectedly in love with one of them.
She said: "In the play, which is fictional, my character offers one of the miners a stipend to leave the mines and become an artist full time. It's a little bit of a love story."
Joy explained that the miners paved the way for the working classes in Britain to look at careers in the arts and opened doors for them.
She said: "If it wasn't for men like that I probably wouldn't have gone to drama college. I am very working class and when I suggested to my parents I wanted to go to acting college they suggested I work in a bank.
"So actions like those of the miners was an opening for high art in the working classes."
The play will make its first appearance in Wales on Theatr Clwyd's stage in Mold.
Joy said: "It's one side of the country that we haven't done before so hopefully there will be an audience there who haven't seen it. …