Exclusive: Halo Jones stage play at the Lass O’Gowrie

Ballad of Halo Jones Stage Play Poster - 2012


Manchester’s Lass O’Gowrie pub – already famed for its comics and Doctor Who-related events – is staging Alan Moore and Ian Gibson’s The Ballad of Halo Jones as a fringe play in January next year.

“It’s an adaptation of the first two books using the ground floor or the pub as the set,” landlord Gareth Kavangah tells us. “Rebellion have approved it and Alan Moore has given it his blessing too, which is lovely.

“We cast a week today and costumes will be provided by the students from Manchester Metropolitan University.”

The play is being staged as part of the pub’s inaugural Midwinter Lassfest fringe festival. Other treats to be staged include an adaptation of Russell T Davies’ Midnight, beer tasting with Neil Morrissey and live episodes of Coronation Street from 1968, staged in the pub as part of a Jack Rosenthal season.


The cover of In The Red Theatre Company's 1987 Ballad of Halo Jones stage play programme, designed by John Freeman

The cover of In The Red Theatre Company’s 1987 Ballad of Halo Jones stage play programme, designed by John Freeman


First published in 2000AD, The Ballad of Halo Jones has been brought to the stage before. In fact, the first stage play was directed by my partner back in the 1980s, Clare Walters and I did all the PR materials for it based on imagery from the original comic.

This first adaptation – more info on this web site – was first performed by In The Red Theatre Company at the Edinburgh Festival in 1987, and then taken on a UK tour.

• More info on the Lass, as ever can be found at http://www.thelass.co.uk/ and Lassfest at the (soon to be updated) http://www.lassfest.co.uk/

More on the first adaptation

YouTube – Night Network feature Part 1
YouTube – Night Network feature Part 2

More on the Liverpool adaptation

Script for the 2001 adaptation by Andrew Ness

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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