Thursday, December 8, 2022

Two miles underground: live with the company of Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story

Neptune Theatre presents this Nova Scotian story about the resilience of the human spirit at Fountain Hall until March 20.

Following pandemic delays, Neptune Theatre re-opens Act Two of its 2021-2022 season with Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story, the incredible story of Maurice Ruddick, the singing miner, an African-Canadian who survived underground during the historic Springhill, Nova Scotia mining disaster of 1958.

Ruddick used music to keep the morale up long enough for the men to be rescued from two miles beneath the ground after nine days. For his heroism, Ruddick was named citizen of the year.

This multi-award-winning one-person show recalls the events during the disaster, its effect on the rural Canadian community, and the racial tension that grew from it.

In a homecoming of sorts, Cherrybrook’s Jeremiah Sparks returns to Halifax in Beau Dixon’s one-person show about the resilience of the human spirit.

Halifax Presents contributing editor Mark Robins was live at Neptune Theatre as Sparks prepared for opening night. In this Facebook Live event, he chats with Sparks and director Bobby Garcia to find out more.

Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story continues at Neptune Theatre’s Fountain Hall (1593 Argyle St, Halifax) until March 20. Visit neptunetheatre.com for tickets and information.

https://www.facebook.com/HalifaxPresents/videos/906115070054947/

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