THE BALLAD OF JOHNNY LONGSTAFF

COMES TO YORK THEATRE ROYAL

THE BALLAD OF JOHNNY LONGSTAFF

Teesside folk trio The Young’uns perform a new theatrical version of The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff at York Theatre Royal from 28 to 30 October. The show features songs from the original album alongside new material and stunning animation.

In this timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure, follow the footsteps of a working class hero who chose not to look the other way when the world needed his help, and took part in some of the most momentous events of the 1930s.

It’s the true story of one man’s journey from poverty and unemployment in Stockton on Tees through the Hunger Marches of the 1930s, the mass trespass movement and the Battle of Cable Street, to fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War.

Teesside folk trio The Young ‘Uns had just finished a gig in Somerset when Duncan Longstaff came up to them with two pieces of paper. One was a black and white picture of a man. Duncan said “This is my dad”. The other was a list of achievements that read like some of the defining moments of working class struggle in the early 20th century. Duncan said, “This is what he did”.

Duncan gave those pieces of paper to the band in the hope that they would write a song about his father. The band ended up writing 17 songs and creating a show about the incredible Johnny Longstaff.

Loren Campbell directs this musical celebration of Northern working class activism.

(Picture Pamela Raith)

To book: Box office 01904 623568 | yorktheatreroyal

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