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Pitmen Painters
Pitmen Painters

by Lee Hall
Directed by Sue Higginson

11th to 18th November 2017

Auditions: Sunday 2nd July 3pm

Director: Sue Higginson   Home: 020 8309 5067 Mobile: 07740 699287

suehig2012@hotmail.co.uk

An inspiring, important new play…A play that’s both deliciously comic and grave’ Observer

‘A play about the importance not just of feeding your stomach and your brain, but about feeding your soul’ Guardian

Written by Lee Hall (who also wrote Billy Elliot), The Pitmen Painters was first performed in Newcastle in 2007. Almost instantly it was snapped up by the National Theatre, achieving sell out audiences in London, touring the UK and also transferring to Broadway. It is currently listed as a set text in the comedy section for Edexcel English Literature at A and AS Level. It is most definitely a great play to watch, study and perform!

The Pitmen Painters is a true story. The action takes place between 1934 & 1947. A group of miners from Ashington, Northumberland, attend evening classes after work. Ideally they had wanted to learn about economics but the only teacher available turns out to be an art historian who isn’t even a professor!

The miners are cynical and the teacher struggles to find a way to engage his audience. Until, that is, the teacher sets them homework…”Do it yourselves…..Paint.”

CHARACTERS: 7 men, 2 women

 

George Brown* –   (40s+) miner, Union Rep, Young Lad’s uncle

Oliver Kilbourn* – (20s/30s) miner, talent spotted by Helen Sutherland, slightly younger

Jimmy Floyd* –      miner (40s+), wiry physique (?)

Young Lad* –          (20s) unemployed, signs up in Act 2, George Brown is his uncle

Harry Wilson* –      (40s+) dentist, gassed in First World War

Robert Lyon –         (35+) teacher, artist & academic. Not a Geordie. Gets professorship at Edinburgh at the end of the play.

Ben Nicholson –    (20s) aristocratic, privileged artist (part could be doubled with Young Lad)

 

Susan Parks(*) –    (20s) introduced to the group as a model, needs to appear nude on p51, not local (but based in Newcastle), paying her way through art school

Helen Sutherland – (50?) Art Collector, non-Geordie, aristocratic but approachable, well connected

 

* Geordie accents at audition are very much encouraged…but don’t be deterred if they ‘need work’!!!

 

Audition Pieces 

p14 Oliver “I think you’re getting confused..” to p16 Lyon “Do it yourselves! That’s it. You do it”- Oliver, Jimmy, Lyon, Harry, George, Young Lad

p53 Helen “I see you’re admiring my Henry Moore…..” to p55 Helen “Two hundred pounds” – Helen, Lyon, George, Jimmy, Oliver

p38 Lyon ”Look, I’m terribly sorry…” to p40 Susan “It’s quite good money, actually.”– Susan, Lyon, George, Young Lad, Harry, Jimmy, Oliver

p88 Ben “Hello…p89 Ben “I was properly impressed. We all were” – Ben, Oliver

Monologue chunks:

George p15               )

Jimmy p58                 ) Choose just 1 of these if auditioning for any older miner

Harry p81                  )

Lyon p83 “What is remarkable…” to “given them a paintbrush”

Oliver p27 “I started after the foreshift…” to “I was me own boss”

 

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