Mike McGrother presents An Ordinary Man
In 2016 Mike ‘The Wild Rover’ McGrother walked to Witton Park in County Durham from Carrickmacross in Ireland. He wanted to discover and experience the plight of his ancestors’ immigrant journey and settlement in the 1850’s. Mike went to share it in his highly acclaimed Pub Opera ‘Of Rogues and Honest Men’ in Stockton’s ARC. But the tale wasn’t quite finished.
Using songs, recordings and his natural gift as a table top storyteller, Mike and his Infant Hercules choir bring us bang up to date by sharing the story of the McGrothers’eventual arrival and the trials of an uneasy settlement in Teesside, It also marks the start of the end of Mike’s searchfor his beloved Grandad Jimmy – an Ordinary Man with an extraordinary gift born right here in Middlesbrough.
This is a story of just one family – but practically everyTeessider will recognise strands of their own history and influences within it.
‘And so condemned I stand – but just an ordinary man’
Wednesday 23 October 2019
£4.00 +booking fee