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Joan Littlewood was an inspirational theatre director who devoted her life to community and political theatre. We are putting together a play about her life.

Joan and Jimmy

“I really do believe in the community,” said theatre director Joan Littlewood.

And so do we.

So we decided to put together a full length play about the life of this fascinating woman entitled ‘Joan and Jimmy’.

Known as the ‘Mother of Modern Theatre’, Littlewood’s work was inspirational – especially for organisations like ours.

She devoted her life to community and political theatre and made it her mission to make theatre more accessible to the people of the north in the 1950’s and 60’s.

Littlewood is famously quoted as saying: “I really do believe in the genius in every person. And I’ve heard that greatness come out of them, that great thing which is in people.”

So you can see why we admire her so much…..

Our production, will tell the story of her life and that of her one time husband and partner Ewan MacColl (aka Jimmy Miller) covering the early days of Theatre Workshop; from Kendal in 1945 to Stratford East in 1952.

The play will be written by Jim Woodland and directed by Mike Bettison.

The show will appear at the following dates and venues;


  • 28th February         Bowes Village Hall. Bowes, Barnard Castle DL12 9LG
  • 1st March                  Village Hall. Goostrey, Crewe CW4 8PE
  • 2nd March                 Lion Salt Works. Marston, Northwich CW9 6ES
  • 8th March                 Halton Mill, Halton, Lancaster. LA2 6ND
  • 9th March                 Mellor Brook Village Hall, Mellor Brook, Blackburn BB2 7PR
  • 10th March               Longton VM, Longton, Preston PR4 5DL
  • 14th March               Assembly Rooms, Barton upon Humber, DN18 6AH
  • 17th March               Swanland Village Hall, Swanland, HU14 3QR
  • 21st March                Allendale VH, Allendale, NE47 9PR
  • 22nd March               Wingates Village Institute, Wingates NE65 8RW
  • 23rd March               Wreay Village Hall, Wreay, Carlisle CA4 0RG
  • 24th March               Crosby Ravensworth Village Hall, Penrith CA10 3HY




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