Theatre meets research in a play with a difference

The Town Meeting
The Town Meeting

A rather unusual theatrical performance, The Town Meeting, that doubles as research into communities is coming to two venues in north Northumberland.

Voted the most picturesque town in Greater Doggerland for four years running, Little Rikjord instills a great sense of community and attachment in local residents.

Its economic prosperity owes much to the neighbouring iron-ore mine. However, the current seam has been exhausted and the Little Rikjord Iron Ore Mining Company is seeking permission to move Little Rikjord and begin mining directly under the town.

On the eve of a crucial hearing, Little Rikjord residents gather in the community centre to plan their presentation to the Minister. Assisted only by shambolic junior planning officer Benjamin Rennold, Little Rikjord’s representatives must choose what is best for the future of their town.

Cap-a-Pie, in collaboration with Dr Paul Cowie, of Newcastle University, present a new piece of theatre that places you at the centre of the problem and demands solutions.

This play explores how communities react to external pressures and seek to represent themselves. Rather than research participants, the audience are co-investigators.

Dr Cowie will be making a written record of the performance, but no personal information will be taken nor will anyone or their views be identifiable in the published research. There will be an opportunity to be credited as co-researchers.

The Town Meeting takes place on Wednesday, April 29, at 7.30pm, in Wooler’s Cheviot Centre, before a performance at Amble Development Trust on Wednesday, May 6 (contact 01665 712929).

Ticket details: Places are limited to 30 and there is no charge. Contact ggtadmin@wooler.org.uk or call 01668 282406.