32% Funded


Target: £3000


£970 Raised

not funded

13 Funders

Josef Locke, A Grand Adventure

By The Playhouse Derry Londonderry


Born in 1917 in Derry, Josef Locke sung as a child in local churches, added two years to his age to enlist in the Irish Guards at just 16, and gatecrashed an audition at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre (wearing his RUC uniform) in the 1940's.

Known as The Singing Bobby, Locke established himself as a star of Britain and Ireland's variety halls, becoming one of the highest paid and most popular singers of the 1940's and 50's.

Josef died in 1999, prompting the New York Times to write the headline "JOSEF LOCKE, 82, Irish Tenor Who Inspired Tears, Is Dead."

Esteemed singer Karl Mc Guckin will join local musicians for an affectionate look at Locke's life, music... and his tax affairs.

After a spectacular run in The Playhouse in 2014 we now hope to take Josef on the road and share his song with audiences across Northern Ireland.

We are looking to develop this wonderful piece of work and take it on the road to Lyric Theatre Belfast as well as 2 spectacular nights in Derry’s Millennium Forum. In order to do this, we need you. We are aiming to raise £3,000 to develop the script further and get our cast & show ready for the tour.

Josef Locke: Karl Mc Guckin
‘Reflective Joseph’: Peter E Davidson

Felicity McCall - Playwright
Kieran Griffiths - Producer and Director

“An absolutely wonderful show... I absolutely loved it...a show you just have to go to"
Nuala McAllister Hart on BBC Radio Ulster's Pure Culture

"a night of unashamed nostalgia” Audience Member

23 & 24 October 2015
Millennium Forum, Derry

13-15 November 2015
Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Based in Artillery Street, Derry, The Award Winning Playhouse is one of Ireland’s leading Award Winning multi-disciplinary Theatre and Community Art Centres. We are the only Theatre in Northern Ireland, outside Belfast, that regularly commissions produces and tours new theatre, and we raise money on a show by show basis to achieve this. Our work has been seen in Northern Ireland, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Netherlands, Belgium and USA to widespread critical acclaim. The Playhouse creates theatre which ignites the imagination, lifts the spirit of and engages the local community by serving it with theatre of the highest quality.




WIN tickets to the show & join us for a very special event!

We're offering all those who 'Fund it' the chance to WIN two tickets to see the show at The Millennium Forum on Friday 23 October at 8pm! Please join us for our Josef Locke Story Sharing Social event. Do you have a story about Josef Locke? What's your favourite Locke memory?? The City Hotel Derry, Wednesday 1st July, 2pm Share your favourite Josef Locke memories with writer of 'Josef Locke- A Grand Adventure', Felicity McCall

Josef Locke Breakfast

A big thanks to all those who attended our Josef Locke breakfast here in The Playhouse green room this morning. Bacon baps and the stunning sounds of Josef's music, what better way to start the day!

Thanks to our funders so far!!

Thanks to all those who have funded so far! Be sure to share with your friends and get them to join us for this grand adventure! Check our our Facebook for some gorgeous production shots and get to know the cast better! https://www.facebook.com/playhousederry/photos/a.198806303488526.41525.195858457116644/873536119348871/?type=1&theater; #joseflockesings

funders (13)

There are 10 public funders of this project

There are 3 anonymous funders of this project