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.