Highlights Rural Touring Scheme returns

Published: 25 September 2021
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Twisted Tales for Terrible Children Credit: Mark Lycett
Antigone Interrupted
Hefted

The Highlights Rural Touring Scheme returns to the North East this autumn with a season of 10 shows touring to 22 rural village halls and community venues from October to December.

The Shows

  • Gav Cross – Twisted Tales for Terrible Children
    Childhood stories and rhymes are given a hilarious twist in this storytelling show from performer and storyteller Gav Cross which is jam-packed full of fables and morbid songs.
  • Scottish Dance Theatre - Antigone Interrupted
    All the drama, passion and big ideas of a Greek tragedy into a one-woman show, created specifically for village halls. Mixing dance with storytelling and sprinkled with a dash of humour.
  • Carol W Productions – Haddock and Chips
    Set in a busy chip shop, this funny and heart-warming new play by Janet Plater tells the timely tale of a North East community pulling together through a crisis.
  • Multi Story Theatre - Hefted
    A powerful tale about the rural experience and the ties that bind communities to the land.
  • Kate Fox – Bigger on the Inside
    A very funny and smart show from poet and BBC Radio 4 regular Kate Fox exploring autism and neurodiversity through the theme of Doctor Who.
  • Bojangles – Dracula in Space
    In an action packed journey of physical theatre, comedy and music, this internationally acclaimed string quartet blast into the cosmos to meet a mysterious benefactor who makes them a curious proposition. All seems to be going okay until their lead violinist starts acting strangely.
  • Pentabus Theatre – Jacaranda
    Two unlikely strangers are brought together on a night that will change their lives forever. Set in a rural village, it explores race, prejudice and what it means to belong.
  • Tutti Frutti – Princess and the Pea
    A new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea explores the idea of what it means to be a real princess.
  • Spiltmilk Dance – Desert Island Flicks
    Two leading ladies take on 90 films in 90 minutes in a hilarious dance performance that celebrates a century of cinema.
  • Alison Neil - Larks and Magic
    A one-woman play bringing the colourful, scandalous and tempestuous private life of Victorian children’s author E. Nesbit (The Railway Children and Five Children and It) to life.

Venues and Dates

Co Durham

Cotherstone Village Hall
Twisted Tales
Thursday 7 October 6:30

St Thomas Church Hall, Stanhope
Twisted Tales
Thursday 21 October 7:00

Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop
Twisted Tails
Sunday 24 October 6:30

Frosterley Village Hall & Institute
Antigone
Friday 15 October 7:30

Frosterley Village Hall & Institute
Haddock and Chips
Saturday 30 October 8:00

UTASS, Middleton in Teesdale
Hefted
Saturday 6 November 7:00

Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop
Kate Fox
Friday 19 November 7:30

St Thomas Church Hall, Stanhope
Kate Fox
Saturday 20 November 7:00

Barningham Village Hall
Jacaranda
Saturday 20 November 7:30

Upper Weardale Town Hall
Larks and Magic
Sunday 12 December 2:00

Bowes & Gilmonby Parish Hall
Larks and Magic
Sunday 12 December 7:30

Northumberland

Berwick Library
Twisted Tales
Monday 4 October 4:30

Ashington Library
Twisted Tales
Tuesday 5 October 4:30

The Community Hub at Cramlington
Twisted Tales
Wednesday 6 October 4:30

Shilbottle Community Hall
Twisted Tales
Saturday 23 October 7:00

Middleton & Todridge Village Hall
Haddock and Chips
Sunday 31 October 7:30

The Hearth Café, Main Road, Horsley
Kate Fox
Wednesday 17 November 6:30

Allendale Village Hall
Kate Fox
Thursday 18 November 7:30

St Cuthberts Church, Norham, Berwick-on-Tweed
Dracula
Saturday 20 November 7:30

Whittingham Memorial Institute, Alnwick
Dracula
Sunday 21 November 7:30

Bardon Mill & Henshaw Village Hall
Princess
Tuesday 23 November 4:30

Allendale Village Hall
Desert Island
Friday 3 December 7:30

Felton Village Hall
Desert Island
Saturday 4 December 7:30

Lesbury Village Hall
Desert Island
Sunday 5 December 7:30

Bardon Mill & Henshaw Village Hall
Larks and Magic
Thursday 9 December 7:30

Amble Parish Hall
Larks and Magic
Friday 10 December 7:30