A VARIETY of professional entertainers are again touring Northumberland villages – and half-term fun is firmly on the agenda.
The Highlights Community Touring Scheme has embarked on a new season of theatre, music, comedy and puppetry, with local venues not missing out on the packed programme.
Next week Pegswood Community Project will welcome the Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre to tell the well-known story of Peter and The Wolf.
The tale follows an adventurous boy who goes to stay with his grandfather on the edge of the Great Forest, with characters such as the Bird, the Cat, the Duck and the Wolf all making an appearance.
The production, which features animal puppets and a life-sized wolf, is one of Clydebuilt’s most successful shows, and music has been specially composed by Douglas Kerr.
It is suitable for families with children aged four to ten years.
In May the Pegswood venue will play host to the Meadowsweet Contemporary Craft Tour, inspired by the theme of hay meadows and featuring the work of three artists.
Felt maker Ellie Langley takes her inspiration from the sheep which graze the local meadows and her work ranges from the everyday to the more unusual, such as coffins and wedding dresses.
Sarah Mitchell’s book works are made by cutting, folding and stitching, creating subjects close to nature revealed through silhouettes and complex concertina structures, and Allyson Gee uses real specimens of butterflies and bees to create jewellery.
The exhibition will welcome free school visits, though booking is essential, and artists will be available to talk to the public about their pieces.
Middleton and Todridge Village Hall is also hosting an event, with Caroline Horton’s performance in You’re Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy coming to the venue in April.
The show takes audiences back to January 1945 as Christiane waits at the station for a ticket to England to be reunited with her fiance. While she waits she recounts the extraordinary love story between her, an eccentric Parisienne, and a tongue-tied teacher from Staffordshire until their wartime separation.
It promises a fond, comical and poignant portrayal of one woman’s experience of love and war.
For full details of the Northumberland programme, visit www.highlightsnorth.co.uk or call 01768 353954.
Peter and The Wolf comes to Pegswood on Friday, February 25, at 3pm. Tickets cost £5, £3.50 concession and £12 for a family. For information or to book tickets call 01670 512185.