Saturday 27th April 4pm & 7.30pm / Main House


The Donkey, The Whippet and the Giant Leek is a 90 minute entertainment starring Graeme Danby and Valerie Reid celebrating the music of North East composer Eric Boswell.

The show features more than a dozen songs ranging from comic favourites The Whippet and The Great Longbenton Leek to gorgeous ballads such as The Summer of Last Year and Katie Was There from the musical he wrote with Catherine Cookson.

Many of his songs have been recorded by Graeme Danby and Valerie Reid. Some of his best numbers were written especially for them – including Maybe This Is Love which he wrote for their wedding.

Boswell died in 2009 and the show explores his work as a chronicler of the fast-changing life and landscape of the North East. Co-writers and producers Tom Kelly and Graeme Thompson are putting together a short tour in late March/April and early May of 2024 to fit with Graeme Danby’s international performing schedule.

Performance Dates and Times

Saturday 27th April 4pm & 7.30pm

£18 Standard Ticket

Running Time: Approx. 90minutes

Your Visit

We look forward to your visit!

Parking is located to the rear of the Playhouse in the public car parks. Parking discs are required to be displayed until 6pm and are available from the Visitor Information Centre located within the Playhouse building. Please check individual car park signs for any time restrictions.

Grab a bite to eat at the Playhouse Kitchen or why not relax and enjoy a drink in our Playhouse Bar? The bar serves an extensive range of drinks including draught and local bottled beers, wines, and gins.