Theatre group to visit rural communities

The Snowbear.
The Snowbear.

A community touring scheme will be heading to south east Northumberland this spring with a host of unique shows.

Highlights has announced its spring season that will be touring to village venues across the county until May.

Working in partnership with the scheme, a network of community promoters will be bringing some of the best small-scale touring productions from national and international companies into their community – offering local audiences a ‘good night out on their doorstep’.

Highlights is aiming to build on the success of its autumn 2014 season which saw a 20 per cent increase in audience attendance. This season, 27 performances will be hosted in 17 village halls, churches and community venues throughout Northumberland including Ashington Children’s Centre, Seaton Delaval Arts Centre, Bedlington Community Centre and Hepscott Village Hall in the south east of the county.

The Snow Bear is a new, winter’s storytelling show for children, inspired by Scandinavian folk tales. It tells the story of a polar bear who is taken away from his Arctic home and of his adventures with mischievous elves, goblins and a friendly Tomten who helps him find his way back.

The show, which will be at Bedlington Salvation Army on Saturday, January 17, at 2pm, and Ashington Children’s Centre on Wednesday, January 21, at 4pm, features songs, live music, puppets and a miniature theatre packed full of delights. Perfect for four to seven-year-olds and families, tickets are priced from £3 and available by calling (01670) 829356 or (01670) 819988 respectively. In New Rope String Band – Give’em Enough Rope, The Farewell Tour, audiences can expect fish tanks, boiled eggs, fiddles, banjos, cardboard guitars, explosions, interactive films, drainpipes, mermaids, thrills, spills, tears and hilarity.

The show will be at Seaton Delaval Arts Centre on Sunday, February 15, at 7pm, and tickets priced at £8 for adults and £7 for children are available by calling (0191) 237 5460.

Taking string quartet performance to a whole new dimension, comedic musicians, Bowjangles perform a night of superb, multidimensional entertainment with their TV parody On the Box at Bedlington Community Centre on Thursday, February 19, at 8pm.

Combining virtuoso string performance with hilarious comedy, classy vocals and four part harmonies, Bowjangles offer a night of ‘action packed, gold medal fun’ for all ages.

Tickets are £10 from (01670) 824141.

And Hepscott Parish Hall is not getting left out this spring, as it will welcome Norsesome on Saturday, May 2, at 8pm.

Randy gods, psychotic giants and murderous elves face off in the show to end all shows – with the end of the world guaranteed.

From the adventures of Thor to the outrageous pranks of Loki, every story from Norse mythology is packed into one unforgettable hour.

Mixing comedy, music, electric drama and an unhealthy amount of cross-dressing, Noresome is Valhalla-va show from awarding-winning Temple Theatre.

Tickets are priced at £10 including a buffet, and are available by telephoning (01670) 514031.

For a full list of the shows touring the region this year, visit the website www.highlightsnorth.co.uk