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 In association with the IBMT, Harrogate Theatre 
& Unite the Union
                             DARE DEVIL RIDES TO JARAMA a new play by Neil Gore 
        “To you we speak, you numberless Englishmen,
       To remind you of the greatness still among you
       Created by these men who go from your towns
         To fight for peace, for liberty and for you.” 

Clem Beckett and Christopher Caudwell were such men. Moved by most Spaniards’ determination to defend themselves against Franco’s rising fascist army, they crossed the Pyrenees, like so many other volunteers that recognised the defence of Spanish democracy against fascism was their fight too.

Clem ‘Dare Devil’ Beckett, the rugged Speedway star, and Caudwell, literary critic, poet and aeronautical expert, were considered unlikely friends; but a common cause brought them together and they died at their machine gun post covering their battalion’s retreat at the Battle of Jarama in February 1937.

Commissioned by The International Brigades Memorial Trust,“Dare Devil Rides To Jarama” is a new play by Neil Gore that tells the story of the British and Irish volunteers at the beginning of the brutal Civil War in Spain, and captures the raw passions and emotions of idealism and despair, hope and anger, determination and fear,   through powerful storytelling, stirring songs, poetry and puppetry.

26 The Carriage Works, Leeds (Box office: 0113 3760318 http://www.leeds.gov.uk/carriageworks/Pages/Whats-on.aspx)

1 Lighthouse, Poole (Box office: 01202 280000 https://www.lighthousepoole.co.uk/whats-on
3 Doug's Shed, Buckerell, Devon (Box office: avenhayes@btinternet.com 07966 439208    
Address: Avenhayes, Buckerell, Devon, EX14 3EH)

4 Burton Bradstock Village Hall, DT6 4QS (Box Office: 01308 897421 www.artsreach.co.uk) 

5 Cadeleigh Parish Hall, Devon (Box office: 01884 855311) 

7 The Swan Theatre,Worcester(Box office: 01905 611 427 http://www.worcesterlive.co.uk/events_review.asp?eid=453059663 

9 Diss Corn Hall On Tour (Box office: 01379 652241 http://www.disscornhall.co.uk)
10 Pound Arts (Box office: 01249 701628/712618 http://www.poundarts.org.uk/pound/liveevents.aspx

11 Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis (Box Office: 01297 442138 http://www.marinetheatre.com/dare-devil-rides-to-jarama-saturday-11th-february/)

13 Belfast 

15 Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (Box office: 01473 295900 

16 Old Fire Station, Oxford (Box office: 01865 263990 http://www.oldfirestation.org.uk/event/dare-devil-rides-to-jarama/)

17 Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford (Box office: 01245 606505 http://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/event-type/theatre)

23 Penarth Serviceman's Club (Box office: 07772 620279 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dare-devil-rides-to-jarama-tickets-31022046777)

24 The Hen and Chicken, Bristol (Box office: 01749 870078)


1 Wortley Hall (Box office: 07974531211 PoliticalSecretary@wortleyhall.org.uk

2 Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (Box Office: 01723 370541) https://www.sjt.uk.com)

3 The Maltings Theatre, Berwick- On –Tweed (Box office: 01289 330 999 https://www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

4. Blantyre Miners’ Welfare, South Lanarkshire (Box office:01698 454690 /unison@southlanarkshire.gov.uk

5 Eden Court, Inverness (Box office:01463 2334234 https://www.eden-court.co.uk)

6 Clyde Bank Town Hall  (Box office: tam_morrison@yahoo.co.uk) Sponsored by West Dunbartonshire Branches of Unison, Unite, EIS, GMB & Clydebank Trade Union Council. 

7 Arthurstone Branch Library, Dundee (Box Office:07951 443656 dundeetuc@gmail.com  

8. Durham Miners Hall, Redhills, Durham (Box office: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dare-devil-rides-to-jarama-tickets-29609528898/ Call: 07949635910

9. The Freedom Centre,,Hull (Box office: 01482 710100) 

10.   Tyneside Irish Centre, 43 Gallowgate Street, Newcastle, NE14SG (Box office:  0191 281 2385 /mobile 07538961257) A Jesmond  Library Event.

12. MAC, Birmingham -(Tel: 0121 446 3232 https://macbirmingham.co.uk)

13 Applecart Arts London E13, OSE (Box office:0203 475 4280)

Eventbrite Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dare-devil-rides-to-jarama-tickets-31713445770  APPLECARTFRIEND for £8 tickets.

14 Applecart Arts London E13, OSE (Box Office: 0203 4754280)

Eventbrite Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dare-devil-rides-to-jarama-tickets-31713445770 APPLECARTFRIEND for £8 tickets.

15 The Red and green Club, Huddersfield (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dare-devil-rides-to-jarama-tickets-30551845392 )

16. The Met (Box office: Bury 0161 761 2216 http://themet.biz/next)   

17. Theatre Colwyn (Box Office: 01492 872000http://www.theatrcolwyn.co.uk)   

26. The Players Theatre, Nelson, Street Thame  available from Spear Travels, 01844 217228 or  online from www.thameplayers.co.uk 


Twitter Timeline

★★★★★ 'Dare Devil Rides to Jarama is quite simply the best political theatre produced for a long, long time.' MORNING STAR


★★★★★'Dare Devil Rides To Jarama is outstanding entertainment' LONDON THEATRE1


★★★★ 'An ingenius production by Louise Townsend' Reviews Hub http://www.thereviewshub.com/dare-devil-rides-to-jarama-st…

★★★★ 'Another excellent two hander from Townsend Productions' The Good Review http://thegoodreview.co.uk/2016/10/x-dare-devil-rides-to-jarama-oldham-coliseum/

★★★★ ‘Informative and inspiring. Loved it.’ London city Nights http://www.londoncitynights.com/2016/10/review-dare-devil-rides-to-jarama-at.html

★★★★"Dare Devil Rides to Jarama" wonderful piece of theatre! Theatre Reviews http://theatrereviews.design/dare-devil-rides-to-jarama-4-stars

'This is a thoughtful, lively production'  British Theatre Guide    http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/dare-devil-ride-the-bussey-buil-13644

Moving, funny and inspiring tribute to working class heroism' Socialist Party http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/23793/19-10-2016/moving-funny-and-inspiring-tribute-to-working-class-heroism 

Neil Gore’s script brings together a delicious mixture of poetry, prose and music. Theatre Things


 Dare Devil Rides to Jarama at @Busseybuilding 'history with heaps   of heart'  The Bardette  http://thebardette.co.uk/dare-devil-rides-jarama-bussey-bu…/ …

'Go see"Dare Devil rides to Jarama".Be entertained,be wiser,laugh 
& be angry. Fascism's not yet dead.' Rodney Bickerstaffe


 Townsend Productions’ previous tour                                

THE RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTHROPISTS”,                                

WE WILL BE FREE! - Tolpuddle Martyrs,



A striking piece of work’ THE OBSERVER 
★★★★★ 'UNMISSABLE' Everything Theatre 

★★★★  'SPECTACULAR’ London Theatre 1

★★★★★ EXCELLENT’ The Morning Star