Tales could become a piece of theatre

Under us all theatre show at Newbiggin Maritime Centre.
Under us all theatre show at Newbiggin Maritime Centre.

A genealogy project will take another step forward next month when it looks to involve local people in turning their own family stories into pieces of theatre.

Newbiggin Genealogy Project has begun working in partnership with Tyneside-based theatre company Cap-a-Pie.

And on Wednesday, November 6, Cap-a-Pie will be presenting a new one man show Under Us All, which uses interviews undertaken by Newcastle University researcher Michael Richardson to tell the stories of three generations of a Hebburn family.

Michael, who will be joining the workshop at Newbiggin, always knew he wanted to share his research as widely as possible, and jumped at the chance to work with Cap-a-Pie and play a part in the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2013.

The tour is also supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The performance will take place at Newbiggin Maritime Centre and will be preceded by a workshop undertaken by both the project and theatre company.

Project chairman Hilton Dawson said: “Everyone is welcome to take part and we are asking people to come along with a family photo that they would be willing to talk about with others.

“The aim will be to see how Cap-a-Pie could work with us to create new pieces of theatre for the future, particularly as the project’s work gets fully under way during 2014.

“There are going to be some wonderful opportunities to develop publications, events, displays and theatre.

“It is great to be working with the excellent people from Cap-a-Pie at this relatively early stage.

“I hope that the dozens of people who turn up to our regular events will give this special evening a go.”

Tickets to the event at the Maritime Centre are free and are available by calling (01670) 811951.