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Photo by Andrew Jackson

We are delighted that actor Dave Johns will be joining us for this event.

Dave is one of the most respected and best loved stand up comics working on the British comedy circuit. A multi-award winning film actor, 

accomplished stage actor and improvisor who has appeared on the West End stage and is best known for his breakthrough role in Ken Loach's critically acclaimed film 'I, Daniel Blake' which won the coveted Palme D'Or Award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Dave has also written for stage and radio.

Dave Johns’ stage adaptation of I Daniel Blake is currently touring the UK.


introduced by award winning actor Dave Johns at (the former JOBCENTRE PLUS) Whitley bay Big Local Hub - Community Hub and Food Pantry, Whitley Road


I Daniel Blake is written by Paul Laverty and directed by Ken Loach. The film stars Dave Johns as Daniel Blake.


Daniel Blake, 59, who has worked as a joiner  most of his life in the North East of England needs help from the State for the first time ever following an illness. He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one roomed homeless hostel in London is to accept a flat some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy now played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain.


When: Monday 25th September

Doors open: 7.00pm

Event starts: 7.30pm


Where: Whitley Bay Big Local Hub

158 Whitley Rd, Whitley Bay 

NE26 2LY

Refreshments will be available.

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Thanks to Whitley Bay Big Local Hub for hosting this event.



As part of this event we will also be screening the short film the COST OF LIVING - A timely archive film with an uncanny sense of déjà vu.

York St John University partners with Yorkshire and North East Film Archives to highlight social issues of the past that feel uncomfortably contemporary. Archivists looked at over 200 source films, mainly from the Archive's regional television news and documentary programming from the 60s, 70s and 80s. The pressing social issues of the day are documented across a wide area of Northern England. The film was commissioned by York St John University's Cinema and Social Justice Project, funded by the Screen Industries Growth Network and made by the Yorkshire and North East Film Archives.

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