In summer 2017, a once-in-a-lifetime event took place in the heart of Batley, an event which brought a revolutionary experience to the young people of the town, and showed the rest of the world that this town really is, in the words of the late Jo Cox MP, “No Nonsense and Proud”.
Hear The People Sing was created to celebrate Jo’s passion for togetherness, collaboration, comradeship and theatre. Award-winning director Nick Evans led 100 young people from this diverse West Yorkshire community over 3 weeks of residential teaching and rehearsals to professionally stage Jo’s favourite musical, LES MISÉRABLES, and a new piece called More in Common, devised by the young cast to celebrate her values. In addition to the shows, the local community had the chance to work with West End creative and production teams as part of a production skills training scheme.
Performances took place at The Jo Cox Theatre, a pop-up theatre built at Oxfam’s textile sorting house, Wastesaver, a venue that Jo visited as an MP and a charity that she worked for early in her career.
Thanks to all of those who are generously supported these performances, especially Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who has granted the rights to perform LES MISÉRABLES School Edition along with practical and financial support and to Oxfam for the pop-up venue.
Thanks to all of those who generously supported these performances, especially Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who granted the rights to perform LES MISÉRABLES School Edition along with practical and financial support and to Oxfam for the pop-up venue.
Kim Leadbeater, Jo Cox’s sister
Director Nick Evans has worked on some of the biggest shows of the decade – including Billy Elliot the Musical, the Jesus Christ Superstar stadium tour and the current international tour of Mary Poppins.
Executive Producer and arts management consultant Donna Munday has worked on such stellar shows as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith, and Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
Tracy Brabin was elected as the Labour Co-operative MP for Batley & Spen in October 2016 following the murder of Jo Cox. A respected politician, actress and television writer, Tracy is best known for her role in Coronation Street.