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Published on December 8th, 2015 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Ed’s bid is to put Ned to bed

A North East playwright is appealing for family members or fans of a Victorian music hall star to come forward with information on him. Former Vaux Brewery press officer Ed Waugh is keen to document the life and times of Ned Corvan, the first professional North East singer/songwriter – and present the story on stage.

Cheers56EdWaughEd, pictured left, says music hall had a close affinity to pubs with performers honing their talents in front of the fiercest audiences – and not a lot has changed.

He says: “Ned Corvan, who was born in 1827 and died of tuberculosis in 1865, performed and wrote songs about the North East as a whole. Anti-establisment to the end, he wrote songs that had resonance with working-class people that are still relevant today, such as Rise In Small Coals – about energy companies putting up their prices to increase profits – and Sword Dancers Lament, about the depressed economy. Ed’s previous play Hadaway Harry transfers to Newcastle Theatre Royal in February 2017.

Ed Waugh: 0191 455 0608 or 07960 066 377.


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