KEN Loach’s feature film I, Daniel Blake caught the imagination of the nation as it portrayed how the bureaucracy of the UK employment system can sometimes have tragic consequences.

The film follows the title character, a joiner from Newcastle who grows increasingly frustrated in his pursuit of claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance as he is deemed fit for work after a heart attack, despite doctors adamantly begging to differ.

The man who portrayed the character so superbly, Dave Johns, will address audiences across the UK about the film, his career and life in his one man show, From Byker to BAFTAS.

The native North-Easterner will include Hexham on his travels, heading to the town’s Queen’s Hall on Friday, October 18 at 8pm.

Mr Johns has been a stand-up comic for close to 30 years, visiting venues across the world with his routines.

On top of his comedy work, he is a multi-award winning start of film and an accomplished stage actor.

Undoubtedly, his role as Daniel Blake was his biggest success to date and his performance resulted in individual acting awards, as well as contributing to the film winning a BAFTA and Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.

While visiting illustrious places across the globe in recent years, Mr Johns said he was just as excited to perform his comedy show in smaller, lesser known, places such as Hexham.

He said: “Science says that laugher releases millions of endorphins that produce a feeling of euphoria.

Laughing can also make you wee yourself. I can’t wait to make you laugh and wee yourself on my new UK tour.”