Audition Notice for THE PITMEN PAINTERS


Audition Date: MON, APRIL 15 at 6:30pm

CoRK East, 2689 Rosselle Street
(signs will lead you to Al Letson’s office)




by Lee Hall

This wonderful play, fresh from an acclaimed run in London and on Broadway, tells the true story of a group of Newcastle (UK) miners whose lives were changed when they found themselves taking an art class by mistake in the 1930’s. They went on to gain worldwide attention as artists known as the Ashington Group. Like Hall’s acclaimed film and musical Billy Elliot, this script tells another inspiring story of what happens when working class laborers (or any disenfranchised group) are exposed to the arts and have the opportunity to realize their potential. The action of the play takes place between 1934 and 1947.



PRESENTED BY The 5 & Dime and The Cummer Museum

DIRECTOR: Lee Hamby and Staci Grant

AUDITION DATE & TIME: Monday, April 15 at 6:30pm

AUDITION LOCATION: CoRK East, 2689 Rosselle Street
(signs will lead you to Al Letson’s office) MAP

PERFORMANCE DATES: July 26 thru August 4, 2013 at The Cummer Museum

REHEARSAL DATES: Rehearsals will begin in May.




The 5 & Dime is committed to casting considerations which reflect the diversity of the people of Jacksonville, while recognizing that a specific gender, ethnicity and age is often a crucial aspect of a particular role or of the piece as a whole. We will include gender, ethnicity and age in the breakdown, where needed, and encourage all actors to audition where none is stated.

Needed: 7 MEN / 2 WOMEN | All characters are caucasian and British. Most of the characters are based on real people and age through the piece. Note: The miners must all have GEORDIE ACCENTS. We will work with dialect in rehearsals, but actors are encouraged to take a “stab” at the accents in the readings.

GEORGE BROWN: M, 40-60’s. The oldest & leader of the group, a stickler on details, bossy labor representative.

OLIVER KILBOURN: M, mid 30-40’s. Thoughtful, becomes the most famous and accomplished of the miner/artists.

JIMMY FLOYD: M, 40-60’s. A regular hard-working bloke, timid, curious, always surprised by life.

YOUNG LAD: M, 20’s. Youthful, eager to find regular work in the mines, to find out where he fits in.

HARRY WILSON: M, 45-60. Not able to work as miner since being gassed in WWI, a dental engineer, a Marxist.

ROBERT LYON: M, 40-55. British painter and Art professor, upper class, unintentionally self-involved & elitist.

SUSAN PARKS: F, 20’s. An earnest young art student and life model, later in her 30’s. (very brief nudity)

HELEN SUTHERLAND: F, 40-50. Wealthy, cultured, and influential patron of the arts, posh, beautiful, well-meaning.

BEN NICHOLSON: M, 30-40. (1 nice scene) a famous young British artist, helped found arts colony at St. Ives.



Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Sides will be available for downloading. Please fill out form below and you will be emailed a download link as soon as the sides become available.


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