A string of sights, sounds and silliness

New Rope String Band.
New Rope String Band.
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MUSICAL mayhem will break out in a Northumberland village as The New Rope String Band rolls in.

The group will perform at Middleton and Todridge Village Hall tomorrow, and audiences are warned to expect the unexpected.

The band is made up of a trio of musicians — Pete Challoner, Tim Dalling and Jock Tyldesley.

It offers a variety of musical entertainment, from musical tennis to deconstructed nursery rhymes, and Python-esque absurdism to pyrotechnics, not to mention live interactive film.

There are elements of circus clowning, vaudeville, slapstick and sheer silliness, all spliced with acoustic music from various world traditions.

Audiences who have seen the band are as varied as the entertainment it offers, with its precision-honed, uproarious performances spreading to people everywhere, from Borneo’s Sarawak rainforest to the Shetland Folk Festival.

The band comes to Northumberland as part of the Highlights Touring Scheme, which aims to improve access to the arts for residents in rural villages.

The scheme, which is supported by the Northumberland Strategic Arts Forum, Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council, offers a variety of shows each season, bringing regional and national touring companies and performers to rural and semi-urban communities.

Volunteer promoters are responsible for hosting events in their areas, working in partnership with Highlights to tap into practical and financial support.

The New Rope String Band will take to the stage at Middleton, near Scots Gap, tomorrow at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £7.50, £4 concession, and are available on 01670 772600.

Alternatively, e-tickets are available, which can be printed at home or sent to a smart phone. For details visit www.highlightsnorth.co.uk