Shipwright Sessions: “Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story” by Beau Dixon
July 10 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm ADTFree
This one-man 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. The show recalls the events of seven miners trapped one mile beneath a small mining town, the effect it had on their rural Canadian community and the racial tension that surfaced as a result.
Beau Dixon is a multi-award winning playwright, actor, composer and sound designer. As a playwright he has been commissioned by Arbor Theatre; Heritage Pavilion; Canadian Citizenship of Immigration and the Prince of Wales Public School. Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story won him two Dora awards (Best New Play and Best Performance/ TYA Division), the Calgary Critics Award (Best Individual Performance), Calgary Critics nomination (Best Touring Play), and a Betty Mitchell nomination (Best Male Performance). In 2016 he was a KM Hunter Award finalist and was also inducted into Peterborough’s Pathway of Fame for his leadership in the dramatic arts.
Ship’s Company Theatre debut the brand new Shipwright Sessions this summer. From published award-winning plays to still-in-development musicals, the Shipwright Sessions give you the opportunity to hear excerpts of these works from the playwright themselves combined with a close-up look of the writer through mini-interviews led by Ship’s artistic director Richie Wilcox.
This session is part of the PlayConnect program.