Mr Corvan’s Music Hall, a play with songs by the first professional Geordie singer/songwriter, has taken pride of place with an exhibition on the bridge at Tynemouth Metro Station.
Stage and costume designer David Gibson, who was responsible for the costumes at the recent success of Hadaway Harry at London and Newcastle Theatre Royal, has given the display a Victorian look and included tributes to other North East entertainment greats Billy Purvis and Joe Wilson and world champion rower Harry Clasper.
Ewan Waugh has supplied the writing for the exhibition that is free and on display until June 10.
Supported by the Friends of Tynemouth Museum and Nexus, the exhibition has been created to publicise the forthcoming North East tour of Mr Corvan’s Music Hall which is a full length play about the life, times and music of early music hall superstar Ned Corvan.
Written by Ed Waugh, who penned Hadaway Harry, the show will open at Gala Theatre on May 25, 26 and 27 before a regional tour that includes Playhouse Whitley Bay on Saturday, June 3, and Sage Gateshead on June 9 and 10.
David Gibson said: “When I saw the wonderful space on the Bridge I was amazed by its size. It became obvious to re-create a stage with the characters playing their role in a show.”
Ylana First, artistic director of the Friends of Tynemouth Museum, said: “We have had many good exhibitions on the Metro bridge but this is one of the best ever. It’s wonderful!”
She continued: “People are constantly stopping to look at David’s work and read the information about these hugely interesting but largely forgotten characters who were entertainment and sporting giants throughout the region in the Victorian era.”
Mr Corvan’s Music Hall is supported by Arts Council England. For further tour details visit https://www.mrcorvansmusichall.co.uk