I, Daniel Blake for Northern Stage

Published: 20 November 2022
Reporter: David Upton

I, Daniel Blake

A first stage adaptation of Ken Loach’s film I, Daniel Blake, adapted by Dave Johns, is to première at Northern Stage next year before touring.

Artistic director Natalie Ibu will also direct the première of Hannah Lavery's Protest in the venue’s new season offerings.

I, Daniel Blake will première May 26—June 10 before touring.

Actor and comedian Dave Johns won Best Actor award at the British Independent Film Awards and Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards for his role in the film. Ken Loach said, “who better to put it on stage?”

Director Mark Calvert added, “we knew we needed to honour the film while giving audiences a fresh perspective on the ramifications of the last 12 years of government on people's lives. This is one of the most extraordinary moments in the history of the country and I, Daniel Blake frames the working-class experience in modern Britain.”

I, Daniel Blake is a co-production between Northern Stage, Birmingham Rep, Oldham Coliseum, English Touring Theatre and Tiny Dragon Productions in association with Cardboard Citizens.

A new play by award-winning poet and playwright Hannah Lavery, Protest, explores what it takes to make a difference, the power of friendship and the importance of believing in your own voice. Three girls prepare to stand up for what they believe in, determined to make a change despite the prejudices they face and the looming environmental crisis.

It will première April 27 to May 6 before touring.

    Related listings

  • Protest - Hannah Lavery (Fuel, Imaginate and Northern Stage in association with National Theatre of Scotland)
  • I, Daniel Blake - Adapted by Dave Johns from the film written by Paul Laverty