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The Great Joe Wilson at Sage Gateshead

The Great Joe Wilson is a co-production between Darlington Hippodrome and Wisecrack Productions about (arguably) the greatest-ever North East singer/songwriter.

This must-see comedy drama about The Bard of Tyneside has been written by top North East playwright Ed Waugh whose acclaimed plays Mr Corvan’s Music Hall and Hadaway Harry last year wowed London and Tyneside audiences. He is also the co-writer (with Trevor Wood) of Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather, West End hit Maggie’s End and international hits Dirty Dusting and Waiting For Gateaux.

Using Joe’s tremendous music, which covers everything from lost love through to hard-hitting songs condemning domestic violence and supporting striking workers, Waugh delivers a must-see show steeped in poignance, pathos and his trademark humour.

Joe Wilson died in 1875, aged only 33, but wrote 360 songs, many of which are still popular today: The Unthanks recorded Gallowgate Lad in 2011, Keep Your Feet Still, Geordie Hinny has been covered dozens of times and Sally Wheatley, a staple throughout UK folk clubs, was an integral part of The Dubliner’ set.

From the moment he made his professional debut at the famous Balmbra’s in Newcastle’s Bigg Market December 1864, Wilson became a North East superstar and topped the bill at every major concert hall in the region, all with a capacity of over 1,000, some of them with capacities of between 2,000 and 4,000.

Based on Dave Harker’s new book The Gallowgate Lad, The Great Joe Wilson features Joe’s words put to tunes by Pete Scott and Alex Glasgow.

Starring top North East actors Micky Cochrane, Sarah Boulter, the multi-award winning Jamie Brown and musician Jordan Miller, who has just finished a European tour with top North East band The Lake Poets.

Book tickets to see The Great Joe Wilson at Sage Gateshead on Wed 12 Sept, 3pm & 8pm

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