Heart warming stage success

Searching for the Heart of Land of Oak & IronFollowing the huge success of it’s debut at the Consett Empire last week, we are pleased to announce two more performances of ‘Searching for the Heart of the Land of Oak & Iron’.

Folklore of the forest, dreams of the Derwent, courage of our communities – our play has it all and will take you on a journey through time, while exploring the  past, present and possibly the future of our vibrant heritage. If you’re a local, are interested in the history of the region or a fan of the arts, we’d urge you to join us on one of these dates, and watch the performance before it comes to the end of its run.

Catch the play on tour on Wednesday 10th July at Highfield Middle School in Prudhoe at 7pm or Sunday 14th July at 2pm the Blackhall Mill Summer Fair. Tickets for the first performance are £4 for adults and £3 for children / concessions, available from the school on 01661 833922 or you can pay on the door on the night. The outdoor performance at Blackhall Mill is free.

Bex Mather of Harmony Associates worked with school children from  Highfield Middle School in Prudhoe and other youngsters and adults from Blackhall Mill Youth and Community Theatre, to create a special script which explored the past, present and future of our rich heritage. Along with local choirs She Sings! and Mouthful Voices, the cast presented their hard work of the past few weeks and months to a jam-packed audience in the theatre, and to much critical acclaim. Also performing at the Empire were local musicians Kiddars Luck and Bill Elliott of the Elliott’s of Birtley and historic rapper dance team the High Spen Blue Diamonds. The evening was professionally compered by local Stephen Lee Garden.

Feedback from the evening at the Empire was extremely positive, with comments such as ‘heartwarming’, ‘kids were amazing’, ‘we could’ve listened to the stories and music forever’ and ‘the performance was absolutely brilliant – their creativity was inspiring’.