A fundraising musical production about the transatlantic tale of ‘Bongo’ Eddie Folk, world-renowned percussionist with the likes of Al Green, James Brown, and Kid Creole and the Coconuts, and patron of Liverpool charity Genie In The Gutter.

Co-produced and co-performed by theatre veterans and Genie In The Gutter’s service users, the production hopes to raise money to help some of Merseyside’s most vulnerable people into recovery through creative arts.

Written by Carolyn Edwards, and directed by award-winning director and producer Jen Heyes.

“His extreme sense of humour soon became a tonic for me, and for the other band members. He was the life of the party.” – August Darnell ‘Kid’ on Eddie.


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The Story

One Man’s Story tells the transatlantic tale of ‘Bongo’ Eddie Folk, a world-renowned musician who grew up in New York and performed with the likes of Al Green and James Brown, before finding love and settling in Liverpool. Born in Brooklyn in 1949, Eddie faced a difficult upbringing in 1950s America, where racial segregation and discrimination were rife. One […]

The Production

The Production

One Man’s Story is written by Carolyn Edwards, partner of ‘Bongo’ Eddie Folk and founder of Liverpool-based recovery through creative arts charity Genie In The Gutter. The inspiration for the production was borne out of Carolyn’s grief following Eddie’s death, as well as her desire to celebrate the achievements of the charity’s ten years in operation. Jen Heyes is serving as the production’s […]

The Charity

The Charity

Genie In The Gutter is celebrating its tenth anniversary by taking over the Philharmonic Hall on Friday September 7th 2018, as for one night only they produce and star in One Man’s Story, their first ever fundraising musical production.   The charity, which helps people suffering from addiction, mental health problems and homelessness into recovery through the creative arts, will be employing service users as […]

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