Tyneside Story, 1944. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016 and North East Film Archive

Tyneside Story, 1944. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016 and North East Film Archive

Tyneside Story, 1944. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016 and North East Film Archive

Tyneside Story, film still, 1944. © North East Film Archive

Tyneside Story, film still, 1944. © North East Film Archive

Tyneside Story, film still, 1944. © North East Film Archive

Tyneside Story, film still, 1944. © North East Film Archive

Tyneside Story, film still, 1944. © North East Film Archive

Tyneside Story, film still, 1944. © North East Film Archive

Tyneside Story, film still, 1944. © North East Film Archive

Tyneside Story, film still, 1944. © North East Film Archive

This propaganda film about the re-opening of the Tyneside shipyards during World War Two was made for the Ministry of Information in 1944, with a script written by Jack Common and a cast drawn from the progressive People’s Theatre in Newcastle.

Common was a Newcastle-born socialist, essayist and novelist, considered by Orwell to be ‘the authentic voice of the ordinary working man’. He was active in the 1930s Left on Tyneside being a vigorous speaker at The Socialist Café, and worked as assistant editor of The Adelphi a socialist-pacifist publication of the time. Sculptor Lawrence Bradshaw used Common’s brow as a model for the bust of Marx in Highgate Cemetery.

Courtesy of North East Film Archive.

Please note that in addition to the weekly opening times this installation is closed 10 – 11 March. 

Tyneside Story
Jack Common

FREE

Preview: Fri 26 Feb, 7–10pm

27 February – 27 March 2016

Opening Times
Tue – Sun 12–6pm, closed Mon
Closed 10 and 11 March

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