The Young'uns: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff

‘The Ballad Of Johnny Longstaff’ is a timely tale of a boy who walked out of poverty, a teenager who stood up to racism, a soldier who fought fascism and an old man who inspired a new generation, all brought to life by the haunting sounds of The Young'uns.

Three time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners, The Young'uns, present a new and unique piece of modern folk theatre. 

The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff is the story of one man's adventure from begging on the streets in the north of England to fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War, taking in the Hunger Marches and the Battle of Cable Street.  It's a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure following the footsteps of one working-class hero who witnessed some of the momentous events of the 1930s. 

With their trademark harmony, honesty and humour, the Teeside trio bring together 16 specially-composed songs, spoken word, striking imagery, and the real recorded voice of Johnny himself to tell a remarkable human story oozing with modern relevance.


“The harmonies are glorious, the wit is waspish. The songs are powerful, the banter is relentless and the audience is happy. What’s not to like?

★★★★★ The Guardian

Glorious....celebrating the uncelebrated with warmth, vigour and passion”

★★★★ MOJO

A heartfelt secular hymnary for these troubled times and a rallying call for humanity.”

★★★★ The Scotsman

Running time approx. 1 hour 50 minutes, including interval.

As part of a special double-bill Festival evening at the theatre, audiences can also purchase tickets for 'Eleanor's Story: An American Girl in Hitler's Germany', which precedes 'The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff' from 18:45 - 19:45pm in the Joan Knight Studio Theatre.