Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story


A Firebrand Theatre Production
Written and performed by Beau Dixon
Directed by Linda Kash
Music and lyrics written by Rob Fortin 
and Susan Newman
Co-Presented with the 29th Annual High Performance Rodeo

Beneath Springhill is the incredible story of Maurice Ruddick, “the singing miner”, an African-Canadian who survived nine days underground during the historic Springhill mine disaster of 1958. He was awarded “Citizen of the Year” for saving the lives of his fellow workers by keeping their spirits up through his music.

This one-man show recalls the events during the Springhill mine disaster, the effect it had on the rural Canadian community and the racial tension that grew from it. The play is celebration of hope, courage and community.

* High Performance Rodeo pricing will be in effect for Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story. PlayPasses are not valid for this production, but PlayPass holders can contact the Box Office for special pricing.


Cast List

Maurice Ruddick and other characters – Beau Dixon

Production Team

Playwright – Beau Dixon
Director – Linda Kash
Music and Lyrics – Rob Fortin & Susan Newman
Set Design - Gabe Robinson
Lighting Design – Rob McInnis and Anton de Groot
Stage Manager – Emma Brager