In 2003 Middlesbrough was officially 150 years old. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the town’s Charter of Incorporation, Andy Croft was commissioned to write an historical pageant telling the history of the town. The result is Smoke! Part play, part poem, part musical, part history-lesson, Smoke! tells the story of the wild-west frontier-town that became Gladstone’s Infant Hercules. It’s a story about Industry and Nature, Men and Women, Change and Continuity, the Past and the Future. And a lot of smoke.
About Andy Croft
Andy Croft lives in Middlesbrough. Among his books are Red Letter Days, Out of the Old Earth, Selected Poems of Randall Swingler, A Weapon in the Struggle, Comrade Heart, Holme and Away and thirty-seven books for teenagers, mostly about football. His books of poetry include Nowhere Special, Gaps Between Hills (with Mark Robinson), Headland, Just as Blue, Great North and Comrade Laughter. He has edited four anthologies of poetry, Speaking English, Red Sky at Night (with Adrian Mitchell), North by North East (with Cynthia Fuller) and Not Just a Game (with Sue Dymoke). He writes a monthly poetry column in the Morning Star and runs Smokestack Books.