Performance & Dance

The Young'uns: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff

Come on a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure with Teesside folk trio The Young'uns in a show telling the story of a working class hero.

The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff follows in the footsteps of one man who witnessed some of the momentous events of the 1930s, from begging on the streets in the North of England to fighting against fascism in the Spanish Civil War, taking in the Hunger Marches and the Battle of Cable Street.

With their trademark harmony, honesty and humour, three-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners The Young'uns bring together 16 specially composed songs, spoken word, striking imagery and the real recorded voice of Johnny Longstaff himself to tell a remarkable human story oozing with modern relevance.

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? *****
Glorious... celebrating the uncelebrated with warmth, vigour and passion ****
a magic combination of lusty acapella singing, memorable tunes and heart-on-sleeve storytelling ****

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Purcell Room


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
Under-16s should be accompanied by an adult.