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On June 3rd 1989, 24 year old Glenn McCrory defied the odds to become the first ever boxing world champion from the North-East. A play about this amazing feat, described as one of the North-East’s greatest sporting achievements, has its world premiere before touring the region.

Carrying David is written by award winning playwright Ed Waugh (Mr Corvan’s Music Hall and The Great Joe Wilson) and is a love story about Glenn McCrory and his adopted brother David, one striving to be a world champion boxer and the other terminally ill and fighting to stay alive. The title of the play refers to the fact that Glenn would carry his brother on his back due to having Friedreich’s Ataxia, a degenerative muscle wasting disease. 

“Glenn saw Hadaway Harry, about world champion Geordie rower Harry Clasper, in 2015 that asked me to adapt his autobiography Carrying David for the stage. Carrying David is the most dramatic thing I’ve ever written. It’s very funny but also very emotional. I was in tears writing it”, Explains Ed.

Carrying David can be seen at the following venues:
31st May – 1st June – Tyneside Irish Centre,  Newcastle
3rd – 4th June – Alun Armstrong Theatre, Stanley
6th June  – Playhouse, Whitley Bay
7th June  – Town Hall Theatre, Hartlepool
8th June  – Westovian Theatre, South Shields
9th June – The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

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