Dates and Times
Fri 15 - Sat 16 Dec at 9pm
Part of our Autumn 2017 programme. Browse the full season here. Take advantage of our double bill ticket offer, and book two different shows on the same night for just £16! Simply add the tickets into your basket and we’ll do the rest.
Presented by Unfinished Productions
Mr Mineshaft explores the extraordinary life and work of forgotten black composer Julius Eastman, articulating his fall from the heights of the American avant grade to the depths of drug addiction, vagrancy, and worse.
Eastman is a lost genius – a virtuoso musician, classical composer, vocalist, dancer, and gay rights activist lost to posterity. At the height of his career, he toured Europe and played with eminent artists like John Cage, Arthur Russell, and Meredith Monk, whilst embracing the heady New York gay scene, sometimes arriving for rehearsals in army boots, a military jacket and vest, and holding a bottle of scotch.
But increasingly dependent on alcohol and drugs, and frustrated with the lack of artistic opportunities for black and gay men, his life fell apart. Having failed to gain a promised lectureship at Cornell University, he eventually became a vagrant in Tompkins Square Park – precipitating an even more severe decline in his physical and emotional health.
“A truly fascinating piece of theatre” ★★★★ – LondonTheatre1.com
Take a look at their blog post where they discuss Mr Mineshaft in more details.
About the company
Ben Miller is a performance writer from Oxford, especially interested in the possibilities of the monologue form. He has had a number of plays performed in London recently, including site-specific work – most notably Bound (Wandsworth Arts Festival), Mesopotamia (Battersea Arts Centre), and Coming Back (Theatre N16).