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Urban and the Shed Crew: Riveting and Available to Stream

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Urban and the Shed Crew is a powerful, moving story packed with memorable, searing performances, including a terrific ensemble of young actors.

Beautifully done, all, esp. Richard Armitage (Chop), Anna Friel (Greta) and Fraser Kelly (Urban). Unforgettable.

The film garnered the People’s Award at the Newcastle Film Festival, and Richard Armitage, as Chop, captured the Best Actor award.

Rent it now.

Some Urban and the Shed Crew scenes…

 

Thank you, Candida Brady, for this wonderful film, and thank you, Bernard Hare, for writing something – as Urban says in the film – that means something.

Urban and the Shed Crew to Premiere at Newcastle International Film Festival

 

7-7-15 photo

Photo by Alistair Morrison.

Based on Bernard Hare’s memoir Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew, the film adaptation Urban and the Shed Crew, directed by Candida Brady and starring Richard Armitage, Anna Friel, with Fraser Kelly as Urban, will screen at the Newcastle Film Festival Saturday, March 31, at 7 PM.

The screening will include a reception, the film, and an “In Conversation’ panel featuring Fraser Kelly, Richard Armitage, Candida Brady, Titus Oglivy and more. It will be held at The Biscuit Factory (16 Stoddart Street) in Newcastle. Tickets are £32.93, and are available now.

For more information on the screening and to reserve your tickets, check out the Urban and the Shed Crew Newcastle Film Festival site.

The film also stars an astonishingly talented young cast as the ‘Crew’, including Charlie Heaton (Frank), Jonathan Payne (Skeeter), Liam Ainsworth (Sparky), Olivia Downie Hullah (Molly), Olivia Tomlinson (Kara), Oscar Rogers (Sam), Nadine Rose Mulkerrin (Amber), Ellie Rooney-West (TLS), and Max as Tyson. The film also stars Neil Morrissey as Doc and Kathryn Drysdale as Madge.

The Crew

The Crew

For more information on the film, watch the trailer here, and follow Urban on Twitter and Facebook.

Urban poster

Poster by Graham Humphreys.

 

 

 

 

Remembering Urban and the Shed Crew’s Urban – Lee Kirton – on the Anniversary of the Film’s World Premiere

Author Bernie Hare and Lee Kirton (Urban) enjoy a match of speed chess.

On November 7, 2015, at Chapel FM – in the Leeds neighborhood where Chop, Greta, Urban and his Shed Crew lived – a  feature film based on these lives made its world premiere to packed houses. In light of these two compelling, sold-out screenings, The Leeds International Film Festival added an extra screening of the film – directed by Candida Brady and based on Bernard Hare’s memoir – the next day, at a larger venue, the historic Hyde Park Picture House. Most of the cast, and many of the actual – now adult – Crew attended, including Lee Kirton, Urban himself.

But the journey of the members of the Shed Crew was never an easy one. And in June, Lee/Urban himself lost his nearly life-long battle with addiction. It happened as playwright Kevin Fegan finished his verse version of The Crew’s story, and staging was being prepped in Leeds.

Don’t mourn him too much. (Lee) did what he had to do and now he’s gone. “Deal with it,” to quote Kev. “We did.”‘ says Hare, who officially adopted Lee, and unofficially adopted the Crew and their families. ‘We’ve had to do a bit of speed-grieving around here because of the strange and unique circumstances. Still, I’ll never get used to losing my right arm.’

So the show – as it must – went on, and proved to be a powerful and emotional experience for all who knew, and who knew about, The Crew. With the permission of the playwright, here are his cathartic and striking Prologue and his final scene.

 

EXCERPTED FROM “THE SHED CREW” BY KEVIN FEGAN.

PROLOGUE

  1. A WAREHOUSE IN LEEDS. THE AUDIENCE ARE BROUGHT INTO A HOLDING BAY. URBAN IS ON HIGH. CHOP IS DOWN BELOW WITH THE AUDIENCE.

URBAN

Hey, Chop, it’s great up here –

come and see the sights.

CHOP

You know I’m feared of heights.

Who’s is this warehouse?

URBAN

Since when did we care?

We’re two infamous outlaws, us.

CHOP

Urban, come down will you, one last time?

URBAN

Why, what did you have in mind?

CHOP

Good place to tell our story?

I know it’s 2017

and things have changed –

URBAN

Never be the same again.

CHOP

I know what you mean.

URBAN

Who’s gunna start, me or you?

CHOP

You kick off, while we wait

for the rest of the Shed Crew.

URBAN

When we first met Chop, he became

some kind of fat bastard spirit guide:

some of us were ten, some of us were fifteen,

some of us were mental, some of us were mean;

we were walking on the wild side,

feral,

not like mowgli in the jungle

befriended by kindly animals,

more like Lord of the Flies,

abandoned on some desert island

in the inner city of Leeds.

We were totally off the lead,

we took care of our own needs

and we grew like rampant weeds

in the financial flower-bed of the North.

Yes, we were Thatcher’s illegitimate bastards

but we didn’t need saving,

we were children of the rave scene

and we knew how to party

in the graveyard of Leeds.

CHOP

They’re all my family.

URBAN

Yeah, dysfunctional.

CHOP

Especially Urban, who I adopted from day one.

URBAN

Why did you do that, Chop,

when I’ve been in and out of prison

since the day I was born?

CHOP

You’ve been like a son to me.

URBAN

Shut up, you nonce, you’re embarrassing me.

CHOP

Listen to me for once.

There’s something about you, Urban,

I knew it from the start.

URBAN

Told you before, Chop, you’re all heart,

it’ll get you nowhere.

CHOP

You were twelve years old in 1995,

a cheeky little gobshite,

who couldn’t read nor write –

THE SHUTTERS OPEN TO THE WAREHOUSE AND
CHOP LEADS THE AUDIENCE INTO THE MAIN SPACE.

One thing you should know

about the downtrodden and the poor:

in every slum, there’s a natural

conspiracy against law and order.

There’s give for those who can give

and there’s take for those who take.

You see, when the stakes are high

some people would rather turn to crime

than live with the leftovers of life.

As for me, I see every little crime as a dead rat

in the Tories’ water tank;

some of us are just waiting for a chance

to smash and grab, pillage and burn,

turn society upside down

and shake the coins from its pockets,

put a rocket under its arse

and shoot it to the moon

to the thumping beat of an old-school choon.

DANCE MUSIC.


SCENE 14 (Final Scene)

THEY ARRIVE AT THE LAKE DISTRICT IN THEIR STOLEN

CAR AND MAKE CAMP.

SHED CREW

They park up at Lake Windermere

and recky the lie of the land.

They camp in the woods nearby

and sit around a warm fire making plans.

The pitch has good voodoo.

CHOP

Right, you all know what we have to do.

THEY PUT ON BALACLAVAS AND GLOVES. URBAN

CARRIES EXCALIBUR, CHOP CARRIES THE

BOLT-CROPPERS, SAM A PETROL CAN AND PIXIE AN OLD

RAG AND MATCHES.

SHED CREW

At midnight, they return to the lake.

CHOP

Me and Urb will nick a rowing boat;

you guys be quick torching the car.

SAM POURS PETROL OVER THE CAR AND PIXIE LIGHTS

THE RAG AND THROWS IT IN. THERE IS A WHOOSH AS IT

CATCHES FIRE. CHOP CUTS THE CHAIN TO A ROWING

BOAT AND JUMPS IN WITH URBAN.

URBAN

Let’s row to the island

and watch the fire engines.

THEY ROW.

CHOP

It’s time, Urban: throw Excalibur

into the lake while the flames burn.

THE BOAT WOBBLES AS URBAN STANDS UP.

It’s a real shame, Urbie,

I was hoping you’d change the world for me.

URBAN THROWS THE MACHETE INTO THE WATER.

URBAN

Chop, man, that’s your job;

you’re the only one can read and write properly;

you’re the teacher, not me.

CHOP

What exactly have I showed you?

How to get locked-up and knocked-up?

How to get twatted on drugs?

Stuff like that?

URBAN

Yeah. And how to be decent

with each other, and kind;

how to chill out and not be

fucking lunatics all the time.

You have to tell our story:

get in touch with that Fergal Keane,

tell him how it is for real.

CHOP

Maybe I will; what the fuck,

maybe I’ll write him a letter,

maybe I’ll write him a book.

REST OF THE SHED CREW JOIN THEM.

SHED CREW

We lived it, we couldn’t care less;

most of us are still here to tell the tale:

some of us are addicts

and some run our own business,

some of us are in jail

and some are as straight as a vicar’s dick

and some are completely off the rails.

But look at us: we’re all in a book.

Deal with it, we did; this is for real.

A STORM BREAKS. THUNDER AND LIGHTNING.

URBAN

What about me, Chop? What became of me?

CHOP

What can I say? It’s 2017, Urbie,

you’ve left the scene.

URBAN

But we’ll always have our story.

CHOP

Some things can’t be undone;

I’m gunna miss you, son.

URBAN STARTS TO LEAVE.

All that energy has to go somewhere:

you’ll always be in the “ch’i” –

the energy blazing through every living thing.

I’ll not mourn;

but instead, when it thunders and lightning

and kicks up a storm,

I’ll think of you, Urban, kickin’-off up there

without a care in the world.

URBAN HAS GONE.

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Director Candida Brady is hoping to release her film of Urban and the Shed Crew globally online. At this point, nothing official has been announced. For updates, please check Ms. Brady’s Twitter account, as well as the Twitter and Facebook accounts for the film.

Chop (Richard Armitage) and Urban (Fraser Kelly) on the last day of filming 'Urban and the Shed Crew'.

Chop (Richard Armitage) and Urban (Fraser Kelly) on the last day of filming ‘Urban and the Shed Crew’.

 

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