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About the play:
Hadaway is a play specially commissioned by Cloud Nine for the Tom Hadaway Festival, which took place throughout Tyneside in October 2003, a celebration of the North-East's most acclaimed living dramatist.
Valerie Laws' work is about the making of a writer, and looks at the formative years of Tom Hadaway's life, his adoption, his harsh experiences both on and off the North Shields fish quay, the influence of his two brothers, and his often colourful, at times violent relatives.
Comic, dramatic, sometimes harsh, and always revealing, the play is fired by a curiosity about how, from such severe and deprived conditions, and with such lack of formal education, evolved a writer of such lyrical intensity whose plays speak powerfully for people ignored by most dramatists.
About the author:
Valerie Laws lives in Whitley Bay, and this is her second full-length play, following Collingwood and the Tars of the Tyne for the 2002 Tynemouth Pageant.
Her first full-length poetry collection, Moonbathing was published by Peterloo Poets in 2002, and her Quantum Sheep project which involved writing poems on live sheep, hit the headlines worldwide.
Published in January 2003
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