Tale of Ale,
a compilation of songs, sayings, and playlets on the theme of beer, was written
and produced in the early 70s by Vic Gammon. (available on CD). I modified
the script a bit and produced it on Tyneside and at various northern folk
festivals, with Ray Fisher, Jim Sharp, Alan Fitzsimmons, and Mike Douglas.
At Whitby Folk Week 2001, I ran it as a daily series of workshops for volunteers,
culminating in a "show" on the Friday.
songs, quotes, and recitations on the Napoleonic Wars with emphasis on Tyneside,
was written by me and first produced in 1977 at the Newcastle Playhouse with
Jez Lowe, Jed Foley, and Jean and Andy Seagroatt. At Whitby Folk Week, 2000,
I ran it as a daily series of workshops for volunteers, culminating in a "show"
on the Friday.
Peter Bellamy's magnificent ballad opera. I produced this on Tyneside in 1988,
with Kim Bibby, Dory Dixon, Martin Dunn, Robin Dunn, Alan Fitzsimmons, Benny
Graham, Johnny Handle, and Jim Mageean.
a ballad opera version of Moby Dick, written by Jonty and Colin Walker for
the Tall Ships' Race in Newcastle in 1993, featured many Tyneside musicians
and singers, including myself in character as the malevolent Captain Ahab.
& Their Doxies,
Song, anecdote, & pictures about Sailor Jack's liaisons with the fairer
sex. Sometimes ashore, sometimes on board, and sometimes in hospital! But
also about Jack in love. With The Keelers, Louis Killen, and Dave Webber &
Anni Fentiman. Done at Lancaster Maritime Festival, Easter 2004, as a participation
show at Whitby in 2004, and at the Sage Gateshead in July 2005 for the Tall
Nelson-The Fiery Admiral,
the life of
Nelson in traditional song, music, anecdote and narrative and visual illustrations.
Written and produced by me, with musical arrangement by maestro fiddler Stewart
Hardy. The Keelers, Benny Graham, Emily Portman, Penny Callow, and Amy Thatcher
in the cast. Performed at the Caedmon Hall Gateshead, October 2005, financed
by Gateshead Council.