The story of the fortunes of a fugitive caught between the prejudice of adults and the innocence of youth is being brought to the stage in Blyth.
Based on the novel by Mary Hayley Bell and subsequent Richard Attenborough-produced film, Whistle Down the Wind is coming to the Phoenix Theatre this month.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman, together with Patricia Knop and Gale Edwards reset the original story in Louisiana in 1959.
Whistle Down the Wind revolves around the time and place where the word teenager was invented.
Swallow, a 15 year-old-girl growing up in America’s deep South in the fifties, discovers a mysterious man hiding out in a barn.
When she asks who he is and the first words he utters are “Jesus Christ”, it’s as if all her prayers have been answered.
Swallow and the town’s other children vow to protect the stranger from the world that waits outside – the townspeople who are determined to catch a fugitive hiding it their midst.
As fantasy and reality collide, Swallow is torn between the two and begins to discover who she is and where she is going.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s emotive score combines hauntingly beautiful love songs and explosive rock music with lyrics by acclaimed rock’n’roll songwriter Jim Steinman.
The score contrasts the relentless influence of the modern world, with the traditional values of the old days – which is something that the community at the heart of Whistle Down the Wind yearns to return to.
Whistle Down The Wind is being presented at the theatre by The Phoenix Theatre Company.
Whistle Down The Wind will be at the Phoenix Theatre in Blyth, from Tuesday, June 18, to Saturday, June 22, at 7.30pm.
Tickets priced at £12.50 or £11.50 for concessions are available by calling the box office on (01670) 367228 or online at www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk