All Together like the Folks of Shields

All Together like the Folks of Shields

The play centres around two families living next door to each other in typical Tyneside flats. Des and Betty Charlton have the latest furniture – bright and possibly rather vulgar. George and Alvera Armstrong are down on their luck and live in faded fifties drab.

Taken together they represent two explanations of the title of the play. Des defines it as representing a town where everyone is supportive, caring and out to have a good time. George, however, sees the phrase as describing a close ...

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