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The Pitmen Poets

EAST RIDING THEATRE, 10 Lord Roberts Road, Beverley, HU17 9BE

2 Jun 2024

19.30

£26.50

The industrial and coal mining heritage of the North East of England will be celebrated in song, storytelling and humour when four legends of the folk music scene play at East Riding Theatre in June 2024.

The Pitmen Poets features ex Lindisfarne singer Billy Mitchell, award winning songwriter Jez Lowe, distinguished singer and instrumentalist Bob Fox who played the Song Man in the West End and world tour production of War Horse and Tyneside song connoisseur, Benny Graham.
All four members of the group were brought up in the shadow of the colliery with their fathers and grandfathers working long days and nights at the coalface. Not surprisingly, their experiences and memories are represented in their songs, stories, and poetry including “The Pitman’s Dream,” “These Coal Town Days” and “Black Diamonds.”

With every member coming from coal mining stock, they represent the first generation of their families not to take up the tradition of working down the pit. As Billy Mitchell explains:

“Our parents all said ‘you’re not going down the pit, get a good education and do something worthwhile with your lives’….so now we sing songs and tell stories…. about coal mining. It’s quite ironic really but it’s very important to keep the stories we all heard growing up in the form of songs for the next generation.

“Life working in the pit was tough and to reflect that, our songs aren’t all happy tunes as we look at the terrible tragedies that affected whole villages when disaster struck. But there’s also humour too in great doses in our songs as that’s how families got through the bad times.

Venue Details

EAST RIDING THEATRE,
10 Lord Roberts Road,
Beverley,
HU17 9BE

01482 874050

boxoffice@eastridingtheatre.co.uk

http://www.eastridingtheatre.co.uk

The ERT Team: We have a committed Board, comprising of professional theatre-makers and business experts. Patrons: Dame Judi Dench and Sir Mark Rylance Ambassadors: John Godber & Richard Bean Associated Artists: Mark Addy, Berwick Kaler, William Houston, Anna Maxwell-Martin, David Bradley Directors of the Board: Adrian Rawlins – Artistic Director Vincent Regan – Creative Director Chris Wade – Music and Comedy Programming Anne Cooper – Planning and Funding Sue Kirkman – Manager John Merrylees – Technical Production Tom Wilders – Finance

Facilities

Accessible Toilets

Baby Changing

Level Access

Wheelchair Access

Opening Times

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10am-4pm
Wednesday
10am-4pm
Thursday
10am-4pm
Friday
10am-4pm
Saturday
10am-4pm
Sunday
Closed