Tynemouth station celebrates the north east's first music hall star

18 May 2017
David Gibson

Tynemouth Metro station is hosting a fascinating exhibition about the North East’s first ever music hall star Ned Corvan.

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.

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 in the display area on the foot bridge at Tynemouth station.

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!

“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.”