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Top North East playwright Ed Waugh will be giving a public talk on Thursday, May 4, at Sunderland Museum in support of his forthcoming play about forgotten regional superstar, Ned Corvan.

The talk, which is public and free, will take place in the Pottery Gallery, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens in Burdon Road (SR1 1PP) at 2pm on Thursday, May 4.

Ed, a Sunderland polytechnic graduate and former Vaux Breweries worker whose recent stage success was Hadaway Harry at Newcastle Theatre Royal and Putney, London, explained: “A virtuoso violinist and comedian, Ned was the region’s first music hall superstar. He lived in Sunderland on two occasions and topped the bill at a number of Sunderland venues, including the Theatre Royal in Bedford Street, the Lyceum Theatre in Lambton Street and the 4,000-capacityWear Music Hall in Drury Lane.

Mr Corvan’s Music Hall, a play containing the music of Corvan, the first professional North East singer/songwriter, is touring the region in May and June. The show premieres at Durham Gala theatre from May 25 to 27 before touring the region and will be performed at Sunderland Minster (1 High Street West, SR1 3ET)  for three shows on Thursday, June 1 (7.30pm) and Friday, June 2 (2.30pm & 7.30pm).

Tickets for the Mr Corvan’s Music Hall cost £15 from (0191) 424 7788. For regional dates and more information visit: