‘Dare Devil Rides To Jarama’ by Neil Gore coming to The Pound Arts, Corsham on the 10th February 2017. This play has been sponsored by trade unions, including GMB.
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The show is about 1930’s famous speedway and wall of death star, Clem ‘Dare Devil’ Beckett. He fought for better wages in his sport and joined the International Brigade to help the people of Spain fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War.
Compelling and humorous, Dare Devil Rides To Jarama focuses on the contrasting lives of Clem Beckett, born in Oldham and famous star of the speedway track around Manchester and the North, and Christopher Caudwell, a renowned writer, poet and philosopher. Both men were killed together at Jarama in February 1937, having become friends as members of the British Battalion’s machine-gun company.
Through stirring song, poetry and compelling movement and dance, Dare Devil Rides To Jarama captures the raw passions and emotions of the time. Musical direction is from acclaimed folk singer and squeeze box player John Kirkpatrick. The play has a particular resonance in our current climate as it examines how the economic pressures in the 1930s contributed to the rise of xenophobic tendencies throughout Europe and the failure of a unified left to join together to successfully challenge these forces. Dare Devil Rides To Jaramaaims to bring the full story of the compelling dispute to life in this powerful and thought-provoking new play. This production follows Townsend Productions’ critically acclaimed United We Stand, The Ragged Trousered
The show has been commissioned by the IBMT and sponsored by all the Trade Unions it marks the 80th anniversary of the International Brigades and The Spanish Civil War. The play has had amazing reviews and audience response. It has been highlighted as one of the top shows in London for 2016 by London Theatre 1 and Blog of Theatre Things.