one of the top London Shows in 2016 from London theatre1 & Blog of Theatre Things

 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. 

TOUR DATES - This show has toured extensively throughout Autumn 2016 - Spring 2017 


MAY Tuesday 2 -  Friday 5  TARA THEATRE, Earlsfield, London 

Tickets: https://www.tara-arts.com/whats-on/dare-devil-rides-to-jarama


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