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Geordie Plays (Volume 1)

Playwright Ed Waugh's new book of plays is out soon!

Published by Tyne Bridge publishing, Geordie Plays (Volume 1) comprises Carrying David, Hadaway Harry and The Great Joe Wilson

Official Launch
The official launch of Geordie Plays (Volume 1) will be a canny show once the pandemic is over (hopefully by September). Tickets will be limited and are already in high demand. If you'd like to attend the launch at Newcastle City Library, leave your contact details here and well get back to you nearer the time with arrangements.

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Preserved for Future Generations

We are delighted that Newcastle Cathedral have included a copy of Geordie Plays (Volume One) in the time capsule they buried in June 2021.

Exciting new developments are happening at the Cathedral in Mosley Street (at the bottom of the Bigg Market), including the creation of a performance space in the wonderful building that has been at the heart of the city of Newcastle for more than 900 years.

As part of the cathedral's National Lottery Heritage Fund project, Common Ground in Sacred Space, the team buried the capsule so Geordies of the future will learn about our wonderful city’s past - from the last five minutes to the past 2000 years. 

Stories, images, poems and other memorabilia were included in the capsule that was buried under the site of a new dedication stone in the Cathedral on  June 11, 2021.

Rachael Rickwood, Newcastle Cathedral Learning and Activities officer, said: "The response was tremendous and we had loads of really varied and exciting responses. Unfortunately, we could only put a small number of items in the capsule, and we picked a selection including works by locally based artists, plans from our builders HPR and Geordie Plays (Volume One) . 

"We selected Geordie Plays (Volume One) because it encapsulates the Geordie spirit."

The capsule will be opened in 2121.

But don't wait until 2121 to read it. Geordie Plays (Volume One) can be ordered from www.tiny.cc/TyneBooks

Geordie Plays (Volume 1) will be on sale soon in shops, Newcastle City Library and via the Tyne Bridge website and right here on Wisecrack Productions. 

From one Geordie to another

AC/DC's Brian Johnson, a Dunston-born lad (the same as Harry Clasper) and keen historian, sent a message of support to Ed.

 

"I can’t wait to read the Geordie Plays. I think it's important that we remember these great characters. My personal favourite name is Hadaway Harry. "

"While the songs Joe Wilson wrote are still loved by us older Geordies today, I hope the young can learn from these past Tyneside heroes of music, comedy and sport and carry on our proud traditions."

 

"Many congratulations on the book and much success."

 

Brian