Josef Locke at Playhouse this autumn!

Karl McGuckin will star as Josef Locke in drama exploring singer's life.
Karl McGuckin will star as Josef Locke in drama exploring singer's life.

The story of Josef Locke, new plays by Dave Duggan and Padraig Coyle, and the lives of Woodie Guthrie, James Joyce and Flann O’Brien are all at Derry’s Playhouse this Autumn.

Baritone Karl McGuckin has announced details of the new programme in the role of Josef Locke at the city’s commemorative statue to the singer outside the City Hotel.

Karl will star in a brand new Playhouse commission exploring Locke’s life, music and legacy, along with fellow cast members Peter Davidson as ‘old Josef’ and Brenn Doherty as ‘young Josef’.

One of three Playhouse productions staged for the season, ‘Josef Locke’ A Grand Adventure’, by Felicity McCall, will bring the life of Josef Locke to the stage in the unique piece of music theatre in October.

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

The production is part of a packed Playhouse programme which includes Irish-American funnyman Des Bishop, singer-songwriter Damian Dempsey, Dave Duggan’s new multi lingual science fiction play, ‘Makaronik’, and performances about the life and times of Flann O’Brien, James Joyce, Edward Lear and Woody Guthrie.

The Playhouse Big Tickle comedy festival is also back in September with another side splitting line up, including Micky Bartlett and a comedy production about ‘nonsense poet’ Edward Lear.

For more information, contact The Playhouse on Tel: (028)71268027 or download a copy of the programme at