Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story by Beau Dixon
This fifty 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 - African Canadian - was awarded "Citizen of the Year" for saving the lives of his fellow workers. Created and performed by Beau Dixon, with lyrics and music by Rob Fortin and Susan Newman, this award winning one man 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. This is an educational story filled with tragedy, drama and comical - yet conflicting moments of hope and bravery.
Suitable for School Performances: Students age 10+
Year Printed: 2015
First produced in 2015 at Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary, AB
Running Time: 52 minutes
Male Cast: 1
Music and Lyrics: Susan Newman and Rob Fortin