Lee Hall who wrote Billy Elliot got the idea after reading an article in the Guardian and then buying the book "Pitmen Painters: The Ashington Group 1934-1984" by William Feaver .
Of course the play uses quite a bit of artistic licence, reducing the number in the group and creating a (female) patron who offers the most talented of the miners a way out but the play was well realised and a strong message came through of the power of art and working class solidarity.
(Note: Nice performance by the Understudy Jennifer Gabriele in the role of Helen Sutherland on Saturday 10th August)
Big Idea 187 is The Baroque
|Conversion of St Paul Santa Maria del Popolo,|
From around 1600 to 1750 the was the Baroque epoch in European visual arts, encompassing architecture such as the Palace of Versailles and the art of artists like Caravaggio whose Conversion of St Paul Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome (1601) is such a fine example of the genre.
|Palace of Versailles (near Paris)|