Fresh set of comedy, drama and music shows for villages

Ian Sherwood, who is performing through the Highlights Community Touring Scheme.
Ian Sherwood, who is performing through the Highlights Community Touring Scheme.

A new season of entertaining shows is coming to village venues across Northumberland.

Working in partnership with the Highlights Touring Scheme, a network of rural promoters will be bringing some of the best small-scale touring productions from national and international companies to local community buildings.

Highlights is aiming to build on the success of its autumn 2014 season, which saw a 20 per cent increase in audience attendance. This season, there will be a total of 27 performances at venues throughout the county.

Taking string quartet performance to a whole new dimension, comedic musicians Bowjangles will put on a night of multi-dimensional entertainment with their television parody ‘On the Box’.

The combination of virtuoso strings, classy vocals and four-part harmonies with hilarious comedy will take place in Middleton & Todridge Village Hall on Friday, February 20 from 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced £7.50 for adults and £4 for children. For more information and booking details, call 01670 772600.

Award-winning Canadian musician and songwriter Ian Sherwood mixes catchy melodies and heart-breaking stories with intricate guitar loops, saxophones and pop, rock and jazz grooves to create an energetic stage show.

He will be performing in Wingates Village Hall on Thursday, March 12. The gig starts at 7.30pm.

The village hall is also the venue for Owen O’Neill – an award winning performance poet, stand up comedian and actor – on Sunday, May 10 (7.30pm start). Tickets are £8.50 for adults and £7 for concessions for both shows.

For more information and booking details, call 01669 621954.

Nicola Farnon (vocals and double bass), Piero Tucci (piano and tenor sax) and Phil Johnson (drums) will provide an entertaining evening of swing and Latin music, as well as some heart-rending ballads.

Holy Trinity Church in Matfen is the location for the Nicola Farnon Trio concert on Sunday, March 29 from 7.30pm. To book tickets, priced £10 for adults and £6 for children, call 01661 886592.

From the adventures of Thor to the outrageous pranks of Loki, every story from Norse mythology is packed into one unforgettable ‘Noresome’ show, devised and performed by members of the awarding-winning Temple Theatre.

The mix of comedy, music and electric drama will take place in Hepscott Village Hall on Saturday, May 2 from 8pm. Tickets (including a buffet) cost £10 – for more details, call 01670 514031.