Ticket offer to ex-miners for play ends soon

Ed Waugh, writer of Mr Corvans Music Hall.
Ed Waugh, writer of Mr Corvans Music Hall.

Time is running out on a free ticket offer available to former miners and their wives in Northumberland for a new play about Ned Corvan.

Mr Corvan’s Music Hall is the latest play from the pen of Tyneside writer Ed Waugh. It is a tribute to the first professional Geordie singer/songwriter, who was born in 1827.

He left a legacy of about 120 songs – including a much-loved composition to remember the 204 men and boys killed in the Hartley mining disaster of 1862.

Thanks to a donation from the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation, up to 100 free tickets were offered to ex-miners and their wives in March for the performance at New Hartley Memorial Hall on Monday, May 29, which will start at 7.30pm.

There are 27 left and Mr Waugh is reminding those eligible that the cut-off date is Friday, May 12. They can be obtained by calling him on 079600 66377.

He said: “A virtuoso violinist, singer/songwriter, comedian and artist, Ned’s story is funny and tragic, and inspirational.”

All complimentary ticket holders will be asked to pay £3 for a programme. Entry will be strictly by ticket only.

For more information about the play, visit www.mrcorvansmusichall.co.uk