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by sean burn

performed in English and BSL

'It’s an epic, rebellious rollercoaster of a story that takes us out on the town squealing John Peel banshee, howling under every star.' Disability Arts Online

New Wolsey Theatre Testing Ground Commission, produced by gobscure in association with Greyscale

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joey is a new play by sean burn touring in June 2019

1981 and a hard right government makes savage cuts. tories wear hang nelson mandela badges. urban wastelands, poverty increases. tebbit tells the rocketing unemployed to ‘get on their bike’. riots, racist attacks, police fitting up black youth. labour party split. hunger strikes & terrorist attacks. royal wedding. yorkshire ripper caught. aids reaches uk.


overnight playground chants ov spaz change to joey because joey deacon who lived with cerebral palsy appears on blue peter.

​friend in same year / no-care home, played stiff little fingers loud, drew anarchist signs on walls, wore dm’s with red laces, fought to do cookery at school & the day after joey became a derogatory term declared they were now called joey, still a breath-taking act ov reclamation playing on my mind still even tho they did a runner that day.


joey is a slippery fucker, a high octane monologue about multiple possibilities for survival, theyve travelled far & wide, joeys traveling still


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touring dates


at Queens Arts Hall


at PULSE Festival - New Wolsey


at ARC Stockton


at Northern Stage

QUEENS HALL HEXHAM - 6th June 2019, 7:30pm

Box Office: 01434 652477,

Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS

PULSE Festival Ipswich - 7th June 2019, 6:30pm

Box Office:  01473 295900,

The New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS

ARC Stockton - 12th June 2019, 7pm

Box Office: 01642 525199,

ARC, Stockton Arts Centre, Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1LL

Northern Stage - 13th/14th/15th June 2019, 8pm

Box Office: 0191 230 5151,

Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RH

The doors will open 15 minutes before the performance and someone from the creative team will be at the venue to welcome you and show you around the space.

If there are certain themes that you know would cause you distress and you would like to discuss it, please email Chloe on

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