After months of trying to fit it around music and work commitments I finally got to see Townsend Productions latest play ‘Dare Devil Rides To Jarama’ about the life and death of Clem Beckett.
Beckett was a speedway star and wall-of-death pioneer who helped unionize the sport to save lives and travelled Europe demonstrating the incredible bravery and skills which had him dubbed ‘Dare Devil Beckett’.
An active Communist he volunteered to fight the fascists in Spain and was killed alongside his friend, the poet Christopher Caudwell, at Suicide Hill in the Jarama Valley on 12th February 1937. The pair had held on to the last bullet covering the retreat of their comrades behind, and their actions helped save countless lives. Neil Gore’s amazing play has finally helped me keep a promise to ASLEF President Tosh McDonald who asked me to write a song about Beckett some months ago.
I would heartily recommend you catch the play before the tour ends.The remaining dates are here:
6th Clyde Bank Town Hall
8th. Durham Miners Hall, Redhills, Durham
9th The Freedom Centre, Hull
10th Tyneside Irish Centre, 43 Gallowgate Street, Newcastle
12th MAC, Birmingham
13th Applecart Arts London
14th Applecart Arts London
15th The Red and green Club, Huddersfield
16th The Met, Bury
17th Theatre, Colwyn
26th The Players Theatre, Thame
For more info on Clem Beckett, click here:
…..and to hear my new song ‘Adelante (The Ballad of Clem Beckett)’ click here: