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BPAC Presents


Beau Dixon

This sixty minute chamber musical chronicles the life of Maurice Ruddick, an African Canadian who survived the historic mining disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia in 1958. Ruddick – an African Canadian – was awarded “Citizen of the Year” for saving the lives of his fellow workers.

This one man show will recall the events of seven miners trapped two miles beneath a small mining town, the effect it had on their rural Canadian community and the racial tension that surfaced as a result.

Actor Beau Dixon portrays 10 characters: Maurice; the six miners whose lives he was credited with saving; a news reporter; Valerie, one of Ruddick’s 13 children; and Ruddick’s wife, Norma.

Beneath Springhill is a story filled with tragedy, drama and comical – yet conflicting moments of hope and bravery.

“A spellbinding solo show” – Calgary Herald

Show Length

60 mins. No intermission.