The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff

Scottish Premiere | A Northern Stage, The Young’uns and Harbourfront Centre Toronto co-production By The Young’uns
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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.

Directed by Lorne Campbell, Northern Stage presents a musical celebration of northern working-class activism.

This show is taking part in our £1 Tickets project.

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'An extraordinary portrait of a working-class hero.' ★★★★★ The Guardian

'A rousing, uplifting mix of song and storytelling.' ★★★★★ The Stage

'A magnificent musical odyssey...hugely entertaining, powerful and moving.' ★★★★★ ReviewsHub

'A paean to youthful idealism.' ★★★★ The Times


  • DirectorLorne Campbell
  • Writers & ComposersThe Young’uns
  • Set, Costume, AV & Lighting DesignerKai Fischer
  • Animation DesignerScott Turnbull
  • AnimatorAaron Brady
  • Sound DesignerMariam Rezaei
  • Sound EngineerAndy Bell

    Behind the Scenes

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