At the Currier

Theatre KAPOW does reading of 'Pitmen Painters'

January 05. 2017 11:27AM
Wayne Asbury, Carey Cahoon, Peter Josephson and Gina Carballo in a performance in Theatre KAPOW's ARTiculate Playreading Series at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester. (Matthew Lomanno)

MANCHESTER — Theatre KAPOW continues the ARTiculate Playreading Series with a reading of Lee Hall’s “The Pitmen Painters” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St.

Heralded in London and on Broadway, this play was written by the Tony Award-winning writer of “Billy Elliot,” which became a musical smash. “The Pitmen Painters” is based on a triumphant true story about miners in Northern England taking an art appreciation class. They start experimenting with painting and soon build an astonishing body of work that makes them the unlikeliest of art world sensations. An arresting and hilarious salute to the power of individual expression and the collective spirit, “The Pitmen Painters” is a timely look at art, class and politics.

For this Queen City reading, Hall’s play will be read by Wayne Asbury, Gina Carballo, Katie Collins, Rich Hurley, Peter Josephson, Mark Marshall, Walter Maroney and Jimmy Stewart under the direction of Carey Cahoon. T

The reading also features images of works created by the original Ashington Group and many works of art in the collections of the Tate Gallery and the National Gallery in London. Landis K. Magnuson, professor of theater at St. Anselm College, will lead a discussion.

The program is part of museum admission fees of $15 for adults, $13 for senior citizens and $10 for students. For more information, visit

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