Grisly tales for all the family

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THEATRE goers need look no further than Hepscott for their next dramatic fix.

For the village will play host to the Teasel Theatre Company as it presents the Grisly Tales from Tumblewater.

The family production comes to Northumberland after a rip-roaring run at The Edinburgh Fringe.

The play is a one-man adaptation of Bruno Vincent’s dark novel, which was nominated in the 2010 Waterstone’s Children’s Book Awards, telling the tale of a determined orphan, a satchel full of spine-chilling stories and lots of rain. It has been compared to a cross of Dickens, Roald Dahl and Horrible Histories, complete with laughs, frights and live music.

Caspian Prye, the twisted landowner, controls everything and everyone in Tumblewater, and it is up to fearless orphan Daniel Dorey to bring him down and rescue the girl in the distant room, using only his wits and stories. The character speaks directly to the audience, involving them as his co-conspirators.

The play is performed by Edward Jaspers, co-writer of Hamlet! The Musical, and is directed by award-winner Caroline Horton, who toured the county with You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy last year.

It is presented through the Highlights community touring scheme, which works with voluntary promoters in village halls and community venues across rural and semi-urban areas of Northumberland to provide professional touring performance, workshops and exhibitions.

The scheme currently supports 25 venues in the county and is supported by the Northumberland Strategic Arts Forum, Arts Council England North East and Northumberland County Council, as well as other partners and arts providers.

Grisly Tales from Tumblewater will take to the stage at Hepscott Parish Hall on Saturday, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £9 for adults and £4 for children, including an interval buffet. They are available by calling 01670 514031.