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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;


Performance Listings


Thu Feb 28, 7.30pm,

Bowes & Gilmonby Parish Hall, DL12 9HU

Tele – 01833 628343 Bowes, Barnard Castle, Co Durham


Fri Mar 1, 8.00pm,

Goostrey Village Hall, Main Road, Goostrey, Crewe, CW4 8PE

Tele – 01477544467/  (online tickets –


Sat  Mar 2, 7.30pm,

Lion Salt Works, Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6ES

Tele – 01606 275066/

(online tickets


Fri Mar 8, 7.30pm

Halton Mill, Mill Lane, Halton, Lancashire, LA2 6ND

Tele -07582 789406/


Sat Mar 9, 8.00pm

Mellor Brook Community Centre, 7 Whalley Road, Mellor Brook, Blackburn BB2 7PR Tele- 07377 788716/


Sun Mar 10, 7.30pm

Longton Victory Memorial Club, PR4 5DL Tele – 01772 616800/ School Lane, Longton, Preston


Thu Mar 14, 7.30pm

Assembly Rooms, Queen Street, Barton-on-Humber ,DN18 5QP

Tele – 01652 637568 / /


Sun Mar 17,  7.30pm

Swanland Village Hall, Main Street, Swanland HU14 3QR

Tele – 01482 634863/


Wed Mar 20,     7.30pm

Central Hall, Alice St, Keighley BD21 3JD

Tele – 01535 670717


Thu Mar 21, 7.30pm

Allendale Village Hall, Leadgate, Allendale, Northumberland,  NE47 9PR

Tickets – 07854 982721


Fri Mar 22, 7.30pm      

Wingates Village Institute, Wingates, Northumberland, NE65 8RW

Tele – 01669 620512


Sat Mar 23, 7.30pm      

Wreay Village Hall, Chapel Hill, Wreay, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4 0RL

Tele – 01697 475309


Sun, Mar 24,  7.30pm  

Crosby Ravensworth Village Hall, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3HY

Tele -07584 251352





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