London's Community Theatre 246a Lower Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 8SJ

Network Theatre Company presents:

The Pitmen Painters

By Lee Hall, directed by Moira Cane

‘Twelve months ago I had no particular interest in Art. Today, Art Appreciation is an essential thrill of my life.’ – Harry Wilson, Ashington Group member, 1936.

In 1934 the miners of the Ashington Colliery were determined to better themselves, so they hired a professor to teach them Art Appreciation.  They were a wonderfully argumentative bunch but when the posh academic arrives to teach them, they were united in not understanding a word he said.  Seeing their confusion he wisely sets them to making art themselves.

What they produced was exceptional.  They captured every aspect of life in and around their communities, from ordinary domestic scenes to the dangerous and dirty world of the coal face.  The art world embraced their achievements and the academic world adopted the inspired teaching approach of their ‘professor’.

A amateur production in arrangement with Samuel French


Barry ClarkeGeorge Brown
Matthew TolsonOliver Kilbourn
Steve ElliottJimmy Floyd
Fred JohnsonHarry Wilson
Freddie GriggsYoung Lad
Alexander CraggsRobert Lyon
Paul DurganBen Nicholson
Clare WilliamsHelen Sutherland
Jocelyn WilliamsSusan Parks


Judith DenwoodAssistant Director
Alex FarrellProduction Manager
David HarveyStage Manager
Eshani WeeresingheAssistant Stage Manager
Paul LunnonSet Designer, Constructor and Painter
Kay MurrayWardrobe Manager
Emma ByrneLighting/Sound Designer and Operator
Mike WyerSound/Lighting Designer and Operator
Steve ElliotVoice Coach
Jenny PriceArt Coach