Carrying David - what to expect from the latest play by Ed Waugh

This play, written by South Shields’ own Ed Waugh, tells the heartbreaking true story of two brothers, one fighting for boxing glory, the other fighting for his life!

Glenn McCrory
 Picture by Jane Coltman
Glenn McCrory Picture by Jane Coltman

David McCrory was 17 months younger than brother Glenn and suffered from a degenerative muscle wasting disease called Friedreich Ataxia, which meant he struggled to breathe and walk and Glenn often carried him on his back, hence the play’s title.

The rollercoaster story climaxes with Glenn defeating Patrick Susumba for the IBF World Championship Cruiserweight Title, with David in attendance.

After a standing ovation, the brilliant actor Mickey Cochrane called McCrory on to the stage and presented him with a beautiful bouquet.

The tearful McCrory then climbed up into the audience and gave the bouquet to his mother Gloria, proving that after 30 years, he is still a champion.

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    That completed this remarkable fairy story.


    Tour Dates

    Thursday, June 6 – Playhouse, Whitley Bay;


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    Friday, June 7 – Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre;

    Saturday, June 8 – Westovian Theatre, South Shields (2.30pm and 7.30pm)

    Sunday, June 9 – Georgian Theatre, Richmond.