Cut from similar cloth
This play has particular resonance for me. My grandfather left school at 10 years old and my father left at 13. They were both highly intelligent men with a rich inner life which was hardly explored during their early lives. They were voracious readers and found cultural fulfilment through sport and the theatre.
The pitmen in the play are cut from similar cloth and their release from a harsh back breaking environment comes via art. I find the exploration of their awakening inspirational and, as is said late in the piece, they stand for all the ordinary people who never got the opportunity to find their inner selves.
During the run of the play I shall remember my much loved Dad and Grandad and hope I do them justice.
(P.S. At a time when Arts subjects are being removed from school syllabuses perhaps the play has unexpected contemporary significance.)
‘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.
Ian Perks, Nov 7, 2018