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
Dates & Times
60 mins. No intermission.