Bringing the benefactress to life
Hi everyone. I am Lorraine Reynolds and will be playing the role of Helen Sutherland in this production of the Pitman Painters. This is a very different part from the previous tomfoolery assigned to me via the Farndale Murder Mystery, and the Bronte spoof which both took place at the Millgate earlier this year.
Helen Sutherland, who was a real person, heiress to the P&O shipping line, has more money than she knows what to do with, and spends her time as a benefactress to the Arts, which is her passion.
Despite this rather grand pedigree, Helen is a complex character who is introduced to the Pitmen and does her best to support and encourage them in their artistic endeavours.
Playing alongside this talented group of men has been great fun and it has been interesting to watch them collapse into giggles more often than I expected. The story of the Pitman Painters is both touching and heartwarming and I hope you will enjoy this production as much as I have enjoyed being a part of it.
‘The Pitmen Painters’ will be performed by the Saddleworth Players at the Millgate Arts Centre, Delph, from 24 November until 1 December. Tickets £9 (£5 students) from our online booking site.
Lorraine Reynolds, Nov 7, 2018