THE GREAT JOE WILSON
@ Darlington HippodromeBook Now
07 September 2018 - 08 September 2018
From the co-writer of Dirty Dusting, Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham, comes another brilliant play (with music) by top north-east playwright Ed Waugh.
Like Bob Dylan, singer/songwriter Joe Wilson was able to encapsulate an epic story in a song. His subject matter ranged from love, death and moving house to supporting workers on strike. In addition, he wasn’t afraid to tackle the horrors of domestic violence or drunkenness. His prose – a vibrant record of working class life in Victorian north-east England – is as relevant today as 150 years ago.
In April 1867, Joe performed at Darlington Theatre Royal Music Hall and The Era noted that: ‘Wilson introduced popular concert hall entertainment to the Darlington public for the first time…the house has been crowded’.
Joe made his professional debut at Balmbras, Newcastle, in December 1864, and within a year, aged only 24, was the undisputed north-east concert hall superstar.
Sadly, he died of TB in February 1875. Joe was only 33 years old but left behind a legacy of 360 brilliant songs, including the classic ‘Keep Your Feet Still, Geordie, Hinny’.
Starring Micky Cochrane (Catherine Cookson’s Fifteen Streets), Sarah Boulter and Jamie Brown (The Lake Poets), this must-see funny, tragic and informative play is based on the new book Gallowgate Lad: Joe Wilson’s Life & Songs by Dave Harker, and features Joe’s words put to music by internationally renowned singer/songwriter Pete Scott.