Northern Stage


Text and music by The Young'uns 

Directed by Lorne Campbell 


Northern Stage

The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff

Text and music by The Young'uns 

Directed by Lorne Campbell 

This show has been affected by our closure during the coronavirus outbreak. We are working with the company to reschedule their visit and will be in touch with bookers as soon as possible. 

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“When the world’s on fire, you mustn’t tire, something must be done”

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.

Photography credit: Pamela Raith Photography 


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‘an extraordinary portrait of a working-class hero’

The Observer

‘moving, rousing, triumphant’

The Stage

‘a hugely entertaining, powerful and moving piece of theatre’


‘everything good storytelling should be...’

North West End

‘There is seamless interplay throughout between the music and Scott Turnbull’s evocative animation’

The Times

‘the astonishing true story of a working-class hero’

The Guardian