Play about North-East boxing champion heads to Hartlepool

Published Thursday, 23rd May 2019

An emotionally-charged theatre show based on the real-life story of a North-East world champion boxer is coming to Hartlepool.

Carrying David – which has the support of Arts Council England – will be staged by Wisecrack Productions at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre on Friday June 7th from 7.30pm.

It tells the story of Glenn McCrory who made boxing history by becoming the Cruiserweight Champion of the World in Stanley, County Durham, on June 3rd 1989, beating his opponent Patrick Lumumba.

The play will follow Glenn’s journey from ordinary North-East lad and boxing circuit underdog to world champion.

Carrying David starring Micky Cochrane

Carrying David starring Micky Cochrane

The one-man performance will reflect the highs and many lows of Glenn's unrelenting drive and incredible sacrifice to become the very first world boxing champion from the North-East.

The title of the play comes from the fact that Glenn always felt inspired by his terminally ill younger brother David. David had Fridriech’s Ataxia, a brain condition that impairs mobility, co-ordination and balance.

Adam Strickland, Duty Officer at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre, said. “We are delighted that the remarkable story of this local man who defeated the odds, gave the fight of his life and went on to make sporting history is being brought to the stage in Hartlepool.”

Tickets cost £16/£15 concessions and are available from or Hartlepool Box Office on (01429) 890000 (Tuesdays-Fridays, 10am – 4.30pm, Saturdays 10am – 4pm).