Theatre show based on pitman’s poem

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A NEW piece of theatre will be coming to North Shields next week.

Arctic Convoy, created by Pink Lane Productions and first performed at the Jazz Café in Newcastle in November last year, comes to the Low Lights Tavern in North Shields at 8pm on Thursday, January 19.

The show is based on a narrative poem of the same name written by stoker Kenneth Greenwell during the outward voyage on a convoy taking weapons and ammunition to Russia at the end of 1942.

Greenwell, a pitman from a mining family in Sacriston, County Durham, had given a copy of his poem to the commander of the convoy, Rear Admiral Boddam-Whetham, when they arrived in Archangel and he was so moved by it that he arranged for it to be published.

Pink Lane director Jessica Johnson was given a copy in 2011 and immediately saw its potential as a piece of drama and, working with actor Robbie Lee Hurst and artistic director Peter Lathan, created the piece which was first performed on Remembrance Sunday.

For tickets or more information contact the Low Lights Tavern on (0191) 257 6038.