A musical celebration of northern working class activism...

A Northern Stage, The Young’uns and Harbourfront Centre Toronto co-production
With thanks to the Imperial War Museum

Book, music and lyrics 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.

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Creative Team


The Young ‘Uns: Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Jack Rutter (for Michael Hughes)


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


"An extraordinary portrait of a working class hero." ★★★★★ The Observer 

"moving, rousing, triumphant" ★★★★★ The Stage

"a paean to youthful idealism" ★★★★ The Times

"Folk stars The Young'uns captivate Newcastle audience." Evening Chronicle

“the harmonies are glorious, the wit is waspish. The songs are powerful, the banter is relentless and the audience is happy. What’s not to like?” ★★★★★ The Guardian

Behind the scenes

Show images from 2020 performance - Pamela Raith Photography

The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff - show images

Rehearsal images from 2020 - Pamela Raith Photography

The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff - rehearsals

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Socially Distanced

Wed 8 Sep, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Wed 15 Sep, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Captioned Performance logo Captioned performance Fri 17 Sep, 7.30pm
Audio Description logo Audio Described performance Sat 11 Sep, 2.30pm 
Relaxed Performance logo Relaxed Performance  Sat 18 Sep, 2.30pm
BSL Signed Performance logo BSL signed performance Tue 14 Sep, 7.30pm 

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