The organiser of two celebrations of the Bradford born writer J.B.Priestley’s birthday has declared them to be the best ever.

Bradford based poet and showman Glyn Watkins has been doing a ‘Pie and Priestley Show since 1998, celebrating J.B.Priestley’s birthday and a Bradford meat and potato pie that defied Hitler, that Priestley made world famous in a World War Two broadcast). This year he did a show at the Jacobs Well pub on Sunday, and led a walk around Bradford on Monday 13th September, Priestley’s, and his, birthday. Of the Sunday show Glyn said:

“Everyone in the audience said they enjoyed it. Local film maker Jim Walker told me it was brilliant, and someone else told me they did not know what to expect, but when I pulled a Maggie Thatcher head out of a bucket and did a ventriloquist version of ‘When We Are Married’ he was startled, but it were the bit he enjoyed the most!

The walk went really well too. We were lucky with the weather and not only did everyone enjoy my readings from Priestley but a lot of the people know more than I did about some of the places we passed. local historian Janet Senior especially taught me a lot. 

Probably the best part of the walk and show were the pies made by Chris Hall of Jacobs Well, which were universally praised. He put a candle in mine for my birthday, which was nice.”

Glyn and his home made version of
Roberts’ steaming pie.
Glyn doing his ventriloquist version
of ‘When We Are Married.’
Glyn’s birthday pie at Jacobs Well,

made by Chris Hall.

Pies & Priestley

By Glyn Watkins

An entertaining celebration of the writer J.B.P Priestley and a meat meat & potato pie that defied Hitler.

Sunday 12th September 12.00 – 14.00.

Jacobs Well pub

Kent St

Bradford BD1 5RL

TICKETS £10 from Jacobs Well or on-line from eventbrite.

Ticket includes meat & potato (or vegetarian) pie and peas, first drink and illustrated show about the life and work of Bradford born writer J.B.Priestley

Bradford Woolly Heritage

It is sunny now, and has been for parts of the last few days, but there has been a chill of autumn in some of the breezes, especially this morning.

Bev danced out at the Airedale Heifer last night with Rainbow Morris. It was another practise, and a new, relaxing occasion, with the pub providing free chip butties.

The Pie, Priestley & Playhouse Show (Celebrating a Meat & Potato Pie that defied Hitler, J.B.Priestley and a Theatre that Defies the Odds) for 13th Sept. at Bradford Playhouse is getting sorted. While it is still not confirmed I am already contributing to the rebuilding of the Playhouse as a venue and members organization by providing the history that the self seeking bureaucratic Darleks that last ran it tried to wipe out.

Look at the Playhouse website as it now stands and it mentions nothing before 2009. I once started a history of the Playhouse. It did not get beyond research and rough outline; but I have bits left, including a press review of the first Playhouse production in Bradford from 1929! (It was a medieval play called Everyman put on at St. John’s Church, Little Horton Lane).

Does anyone know a tune from the about a century ago called In the Shadows

As I had posted, I am producing a J.B.Priestley show (Pie, Priestley & Playhouse, 13th Sept. Bradford Playhouse).

I want to use some music, especially pieces Priestley wrote about enjoying. In the Shadows is one that I cannot find.

In Margin Released Priestley wrote that in his youth (1910-14) he, and many others, listened to brass bands at Lister Park, Bradford. In the Shadows was one tune that stayed with him. The quote is below:

‘…catchy light pieces of the time. One of these last, always being played then, In the Shadows, still dances in my head, and I wish I had a recording of it, performed by a military band. Nothing would bring back so quickly and truly the time, the scene, moods of my youth, then the sounds of In the Shadows.’