Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story

Derngate, Northampton


With what seemed to be a choice between the disgusting Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton I was sad and frustrated in equal measure as America went to the polls this week.

I needed cheering up and luckily my local theatre, the Derngate in Northampton had just the thing. A rip-roaring Rock ‘n Roll spectacular in the shape of Buddy, The Buddy Holly story.


Holly who died in a plane crash at just 22 inspired a generation of musicians from Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and a whole wider movement who changed popular music forever.

Buddy may have born in Lubbock Texas – the buckle of the Bible belt where he learnt piano, violin and banjo playing good old white gospel but at 17 he picked up an electric guitar and started to play black influenced rock.

In the late 1950’s segregation applied to music venues just as it did to all other aspects of life. Buddy Holly and the Crickets were one of the first white bands to play to black audiences in black clubs.

Much against his Christian family and home town opinion he married a Latino girl. Donald Trump eat your heart out.

By the age of 22 he was dead. Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died with him when their small plane crashed in a snowy gale homebound from a gig.

He left a score or more of what are still rock and roll classics and changed music and the USA forever.


The all British cast including Glen Joseph who played Buddy brought the house down and drove all thoughts of the US election from my mind for an hour or two and for that I am eternally grateful.

Continues until Saturday 12 November and then tours.




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