In association with the IBMT, Harrogate Theatre, The Place, Bedford, Unite the Union.
  DARE DEVIL RIDES TO JARAMA a new play by Neil Gore (Interview with Neil Gore Click Here)

        “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.

Following the success of 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


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24 The Place Bedford (Box office: www.theplacebedford.org.uk; 01234 354321)
26 -30 Harrogate Theatre (boxoffice@harrogatetheatre.co.uk; 01423502116) 
1 Harrogate Theatre (boxoffice@harrogatetheatre.co.uk;01423502116)
4 Loganlea Miners Welfare (Box office: 07833496436   The Pitstop: 01501-763354)
5 North Edinburgh Arts  (Box office: 0131 315 2151; northedinburgharts.co.uk)         
6 -7 Lowry Salford (Box office: 0843 208 6000; Groups Line: 0843 208 6003) 
8 Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury  (Box office: 08448717607; www.atgtickets.com/shows/aylesbury)
10 The Library, Stepney Watney Market Idea Store, 260 Commercial Road,
London E1 2FB, London (80th anniversary of the battle of cable street)
11 Guildhall Derby (boxoffice@derby.gov.uk; 01332 255800)
12-15 Oldham Coliseum (Box office: 01616242829; www.coliseum.org.uk)                                                                               
18 Quorn Grange Hotel, Quorn, Leicestershire (Box office: 01509 412167)
19 St John the Baptist Church,Church Street,Peterborough (Box Office::Peterboroughtuc@gmail.com 07752468003)
20 Chilwell Arts Centre Beeston (Box office:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dare-devil-rides-to-jarama-tickets-26670380827?aff=eac2)
21 The Lansdown Hall Stroud (Box office: www.trybooking.co.uk/531)
22 The Seagull, Lowestoft  (Box office: 01502 589726; www.theseagull.co.uk)
24 The Bussey Building Peckham 07949635910 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dare-devil-rides-to-jarama-a-new-play-by-neil-gore-tickets-26220522288)
25 (Press Night) The Bussey Building, Peckham (07949635910 http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dare-devil-rides-jarama-tickets-27953633069 
29 The Bussey Building, Peckham (Box Office: 07949635910 http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dare-devil-rides-to-jarama-tickets
30 The Marx Memorial Library London [extracts & songs (Box office:02072531485; www.marxmemoriallibrary.org.uk)
1 Hertford Theatre (Box office: 01992 531500; www.hertfordtheatre.com)
2 Wedgwood Rooms, Southsea (Box office: Wedgewood Rooms 02392863911 Kings Theatre 02392828282)
3 The Plough Arts Centre, Gt Torrington (Box office: 01805624624 www.theploughartscentre.org.uk)
4 Dorchester Arts Centre (Box office: 01305 266926; www.dorchesterarts.org.uk) 
5 Bridport Arts Centre (Box office: www.bridport-arts.com; 01308 424204 
7 Theatre Royal Margate (boxoffice@margatewintergarden.co.uk 01843 292795)
10 The Civic, Barnsley  (Box office: 01226 327000; enquirie@barnsleycivic.co.uk
11 Witham Hall, Barnard Castle (Box-office: 01833 631107)
12 Cast Doncaster (Box office: 01302 303 959; castindoncaster.com)
13 Severn Theatre Shrewsbury (Box office: 01743 281281; www.theatresevern.co.uk)
14 -19 Lantern Theatre Sheffield (Box office: 0114 255 1776; www.lanterntheatre.org.uk
22 -23 St Michaels Irish Centre, Liverpool (Box office: Box Office: 0151 263 1808 / www.stmichaelsirishcentre.org )

25  Barton, Assembly Rooms DN18 5QP (Box office: 01652637568/ info@champltd.org )

26  Swanland Village Hall (Box office: 01482 634863/ E mail yd@swanlandvillagehall.info)

29 Lighthouse Poole (Box office: 0844 406 8666; www.lighthouse poole.co.uk) (MOVED TO THE SPRING TOUR)
30 The Place Bedford (Box office: www.theplacebedford.org.uk; 01234718112)
1 Square Chapel Halifax (Box office: 01422349422; www.squarechapel.co.uk
2 The Hat Factory Luton (Box office: 01582 878100; http://www.lutonculture.com/hat-factory)
 3 Ruskin College Oxford (Box office: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/publish?crumb=b9a30d1c8017a7&eid=28507993175)

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