It looks unpromising on paper: an it's-grim-up-north story of family tribulations in a dying Teesside shipbuilding town. However, Gordon Steel and his Stockton Youth Theatre cast tackle the subject with straightforward commitment, largely escaping the perils of formula joys'n' tears, and quickly establishing a rapport with their audience despite the bad misjudgement of writing interior monologues in doggerel verse.
Written for The Independent.
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