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Stage Editorial

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The brilliant Teesside folk trio The Young’uns are celebrating northern working class activism with ‘The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff’, which is coming to Northern Stage in February.

Multiple winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (including Best Group and Best Album) The Young’uns are certainly Regional Treasures and, dare I say it, well on their way to becoming National Treasures, too. They’ve always had a social conscious and that really came to the fore with last year’s ‘The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff’ album. It detailed the true story of one man’s journey from poverty and unemployment in Stockton, 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. A touching and often hilarious musical adventure, this new work – directed by Lorne Campbell – will see the band perform songs from the album alongside new material and stunning animation. A timely piece about those who choose not to look the other way.

The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff, 4 February-22 February, Stage 2, Northern Stage, Newcastle, 7.45pm (mats 8 & 15 February 2pm; 13 February 6pm), £10. northernstage.co.uk