A musical celebration of northern working class activism...

A Northern Stage, The Young’uns and Harbourfront Centre Toronto co-production

Text and Music by The Young’uns
Directed by Lorne Campell

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Featuring songs from the original album alongside new material and stunning animation, Teesside folk trio The Young’uns perform a new, theatrical version of The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff.

This is 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.

In a 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 momentous events of the 1930s.

Directed by Lorne Campbell, Northern Stage presents a musical celebration of northern working class activism, following the smash-hit success of The Last Ship.

Cast – The Young ‘Uns


Director – Lorne Campbell

Designer (Set, Costumes, AV & Lighting) – Kai Fischer

Animation Designer – Scott Turnbull

Animators – Aaron Brady & Emily Howells 

Sound Designer – Mariam Rezaei

Sound Engineer - Tom Stanier

Live Sound Consultant– Andy Bell

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The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff on Tour

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Thu 27 - Sat 29 Feb
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Hull Truck Theatre
Tue 21 - Fri 24 Apr
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Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
Thu 14 - Sat 16 May
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Behind the scenes

Audience reactions - Von Fox Promotions

Show images - Pamela Raith Photography

The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff - show images

Behind the scenes film - Von Fox Promotions

Rehearsal images - Pamela Raith Photography

The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff - rehearsals

Listen to the album


Captioned Performance logo Captioned performance Thu 6 Feb, 7.45pm (Philip Armstrong)
Touch Tour logoAudio Description logo Touch Tour & Audio Described performance Sat 8 Feb, 2pm (Louise Armstrong) 
(Touch tours are usually 1hr30 mins before the performance start time)
Relaxed Performance logo Relaxed Performance  Wed 19 Feb, 7.45pm
BSL Signed Performance logo BSL signed performance Thu 20 Feb, 7.45pm (Caroline Ryan) 

Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available. To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.