Shipyards show is back on dry land

MEN OF THE TYNE ... writer Tom Kelly, right, with band members Ron Smith, Ted Cuskin and Ian Ravenscroft.
MEN OF THE TYNE ... writer Tom Kelly, right, with band members Ron Smith, Ted Cuskin and Ian Ravenscroft.

A MUSICAL celebration of the region’s shipyards is returning to dry land in South Tyneside.

Men of the Tyne was originally performed to a “floating” audience on the Shields Ferry.

But to mark the release of a CD of the show, Tom Kelly, Ian Ravenscroft and Ted Cuskin are returning to the The Studio at the Customs House, in South Shields, to perform their songs and stories on Thursday, March 26, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Copies of the album will be available at the performances for a special launch price.

Men of the Tyne is a heart-warming show that captures the stories of men who worked in the Tyne shipyards from the 1950s to the 1980s.

The show includes new Tyneside songs, stories and a film inspired by the river and its workforce.

Jarrow-born Mr Kelly wrote and performs the stories in the show, and the songs – which he co-wrote with guitarist and back-up vocalist Ian Ravenscroft – are sung by folk artist Mr Cuskin.

Tickets cost £10/£8 and there’s a two-course meal deal for £22.

Call 454 1234 to book.