July 10, 2020 to July 10, 2020

Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story by Beau Dixon

EVENT TYPE: Livestream   MEMBER TYPE: Professional

Ship’s Company will 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 at the writer through mini-interviews led by Ship’s artistic director Richie Wilcox. The Shipwright Sessions, which are free to the public and available through Ship’s Company social media, debuts with Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story by Beau Dixon.

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.


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