2015 Dora Mavor Moore Award Best New Play. Beneath Springhill chronicles the life of Maurice Ruddick, an African Canadian who survived the historic mining disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia in 1958. Ruddick, an 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 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. Originally a live theatre production, in 2020, with support from the Canadian Council for the Arts, Beneath Springhill was filmed for digital release. In 2021, the print version was published by Scirocco Drama Books.