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Salon Reading of “Bump” – commemorating 60 years since the Springhill Mine DisasterOctober 23, 2018
Salon Reading of the Play “Bump” Marks 60th Anniversary of Springhill Mine Disaster – October 23rd
On Thursday, October 23, 1958 at 8:06pm, a series of shock waves thundered through the Number 2 Colliery of the Springhill Coal Mine, creating an intense, localized earthquake that was felt 23 kilometres away. One hundred seventy-four miners were trapped or crushed as floors smashed into ceilings and walls came crashing down. It was the biggest bump in North American mining history. A bump occurs when coal has been dug out of a layer of rock or earth and the surrounding bedrock is not able to withstand the resulting stresses, causing it to collapse.
On October 23, the 60th anniversary of the bump, Live Bait Theatre invites you to a Salon Reading of Richard Merrill’s play BUMP. It chronicles eight days in the lives of three trapped Springhill miners, and the life of one of their wives as she waits on the surface for news of her husband. Through these four characters, BUMP mines the anatomy of hope and its kin, courage, love, desperation and despair. “The play itself is such a human story,” says Live Bait President Cynthia Spurles. “It’s about relatively average people who have to do extraordinary things because of the circumstances they’re put in. I think in that way everybody can relate to it because we’re all in situations in our lives where there’s the possibility something unexpected might happen to us and we always wonder how we’ll deal with it.”
The Salon Reading of “Bump” will take place at the Marshlands Inn on Tuesday, October 23 at 7:30 pm. Admission is by donation. For more information contact Live Bait Theatre at 536-2248 or www.livebaittheatre.com