Paul Hodsons play Meeting Joe Strummer on BBC Suffolk

bbc-suffolkA play looking at The Clash, punk and ‘selling out’ is coming to Suffolk.

Meeting Joe Strummer, at Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre, looks at two fans’ relationship with the band they adore.

As they grow older they try and stay true to their youthful ideals in the face of getting jobs and holding down relationships.

“The value The Clash gave to me was about trusting your own instincts and doing it yourself,” said playwright Paul Hodson.

The Future Is Unwritten production is touring the UK and should find some takers, maybe from some who attended The Clash’s gigs in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich – more of which later.

The play centres on characters Nick and Steve and their friendship over 25 years – after meeting at the legendary Rock Against Racism gig in London’s Victoria Park in 1978.

Nick went to a public school and rejects his middle class career path – as did Joe Strummer who was a diplomat’s son. Steve is from a more working class background and is also searching for his place in the grand scheme of things.

[read full feature by Andrew Woodger]

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