• Paperboy

    Produced by Youth Music Theatre UK

    26 - 29 July



PAPERBOY - featuring music by platinum-selling Belfast artist Duke Special and the sounds of the Bay City Rollers!

It’s 1975 and 12-year-old Tony dutifully goes about his paper round. Belfast in the seventies is like the newspapers he delivers: everything is black and white, albeit Orange and Green. There are bombings on the evening news, but Paperboy is more interested in Doctor Who, the Bay City Rollers and outer space, and of course, Sharon Burgess.

Paperboy is a heart-warming, coming-of-age, new musical drama that bubbles with humour; set against the gritty backdrop of 1970s Belfast on the Upper Shankill Road. Based on the much-loved memoir by Irish writer and peace builder Tony Macaulay, and adapted for musical stage, with music from platinum-selling Belfast artist Duke Special and writing by stand-up comedian Andrew Doyle.

Platinum-selling, singer-songwriter (Songs from the Deep) and performer Duke Special has composed music for a huge variety of projects including Deborah Warner’s critically acclaimed Mother Courage and her Children (Brecht) at The National Theatre, and a series of commissioned songs for the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, and for YMT, Gulliver’s Travels.

Paperboy is produced in partnership with the Belfast Telegraph.

Please note this performance contains strobe lighting. 

Andrew Doyle - Book & Lyrics

Duke Special - Composer

Steven Dexter & Dean Johnson - Directors

Jennifer Rooney - Choreographer

Shane McVicker - Musical Director