Back the underdog as she bids to change life

Melody Johnson and Alison Porter. Picture by Ed Ellis
Melody Johnson and Alison Porter. Picture by Ed Ellis

How are you going to keep them down on the farm after they’ve seen the latest Highlights show at a north Northumberland venue next weekend?

Set in 1955, Miss Caledonia, which is at Wooler’s Cheviot Centre on Saturday, May 16, tells the story of Peggy Ann Douglas, who is desperate to escape the chicory-pulling, stall-cleaning, hay-baling drudgery of life in Caledonia – and she has a plan.

Following in the footsteps of starlet Debbie Reynolds, Peggy Ann will simply become a movie star – and she will begin her journey to the top by winning the local pageant.

Can she sing, twirl and pivot her way into the judges’ hearts, or will shaky nerves and a ‘puritanical work ethic’ sabotage her efforts?

Brimming with heart and humour, Miss Caledonia is a delightful exploration of optimism and reality down on the farm.

Written and performed by Comedy Award-winner Melody Johnson with an original score and live musical accompaniment by Alison Porter, the duo will have audiences rooting for an unlikely underdog and her quest for the tiara in Miss Caledonia.

Glendale Festival chairman Bob Snooks said: “It’s a heartwarming family show that will appeal to all ages and by coming to see it, you not only get a good evening’s entertainment, you’ll be helping us raise funds for our next free festival on July 22.”

Glendale Festival is a free day’s entertainment including street activities, dance and live music from noon until 9pm on the first Sunday of the school summer holidays. It was started more than a decade ago.

The show starts at 7.30pm at the Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place.

Tickets are £8 or £7 concessions and can be obtained at the Cheviot Centre or by ringing Rachel on 01668 282406.

Highlights Touring Scheme provides rural communities with access to performances from regional and national touring companies with a number taking place in Northumberland each season.