Thanks for making Hadaway Harry such a big success

Ed Waugh, front, at the launch of his touring play Hadaway Harry.
Ed Waugh, front, at the launch of his touring play Hadaway Harry.

Thank you to everyone who came along to see Hadaway Harry at the North East Maritime Trust boathouse in South Shields last week.

The team at the boathouse were brilliant and the theatrical experience, from going into the building and seeing the lifeboat they are restoring to the individual tools of the trade, was just magnificent.

The fact that the bar had Harry Clasper ale from Jarrow Brewery and the boathouse possesses wonderful views of the Tyne meant the ambience was unforgettable.

Theatre is about an experience: everyone entering the boathouse was greeted by happy people and not kettled out of a near-empty building after the show because the bar was shut.

Indeed, given the full houses, standing ovations and enthusiasm that greeted Hadaway Harry at the boathouse, many people stayed behind to discuss with people associated with the show - especially Jamie Brown, who was tremendous as Harry Clasper.

The most important factor was that hundreds more people know who Harry Clasper was: a Geordie champion, a Geordie hero. The world-beating rower the Blaydon Races was written for.

Also a massive thank you to the Shields Gazette, South Tyneside Council and Arts Council, who have given this brilliant project fantastic support.

Ed Waugh,

writer and producer,

Hadaway Harry.