STAGE REVIEW: Carrying David @ Gala Theatre, Durham (16.09.21) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Tales of the working class North East often feel forgotten; our stories and contribution to Great Britain sometimes being washed over in favour of more aristocratic narratives that fit with ulterior motives.

Whilst a one-man play about a former world boxing champion from the region can only do so much to address this issue, it can certainly come out swinging on behalf of the people of the North East and their identity. Showcasing two important themes about the North East; that achievements from this region aren’t remembered perhaps as heroically as they should be, and that the region’s central personality is often one of overcoming adversity whilst maintaining a sense of humour, the joy of Carrying David lies in its ability to connect two family battles together into a story that supersedes Glen McRory’s Rocky Balboa fairy-tale sporting legacy and instead draws out insights into the importance of family, overcoming adversity and developing resilience.

Well written and produced, with a hell of a central acting performance from Micky Cochrane, Carrying David is an incredibly important allegory about the identity of the North East and about what we stand for.

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