A new-age show full of age-old variety

Northumberland Village Varieties
Northumberland Village Varieties

This April, a show is coming to a north Northumberland village and it promises to be like nothing it has ever hosted before.

Northumberland Village Varieties, taking place in Warkworth on Friday, April 19, is set to be ‘a new-age variety show featuring age-old acts’, showcasing the North East’s finest talents with a few visiting acts too.

The show’s host and artistic director, Chris Cross, says that the audience can expect daring acts of escapology, stand-up comedy, live music, cunning conjuring, circus stunts, music hall-esque madness and much more.

Tickets are now on sale and some of the acts were announced on Tuesday.

It includes Simon Donald, the co-founder and former co-editor of Viz, who left to become a full-time stand-up comedian in 2003.

He has since played the Edinburgh Fringe every year with his one-man show.

He will be joined by musicians Bill Reid along with Carl Cape and Lush Acoustic.

Bill is described as ‘an accomplished finger-picking guitarist and folkie singer with hints of Richard Thompson, John Martyn and Jez Lowe’.

Meanwhile, Carl, accompanied by a full band, is well-known to fans of folk and audiences from across north Northumberland.

Chris, who will also be performing, said: “The local support has been brilliant, with photographers covering the event, local businesses getting involved and donating for the prize draw, etc.

“I think it’s a good thing to keep entertainment live.

“We have some skilled people up here and if people will step away from their TV sets for just one evening, they will realise the talent we have to boast in the North East.

“The show will make you laugh and smile. In this current world that’s what we need: Smiles, laughs and good times.

“Leave your worries at the door and come have a good time.’’

The show, on April 19, runs from 7pm to 11pm in Warkworth Memorial Hall.

Tickets, costing £6, are available from local shops or by emailing info@chris-cross.co.uk

Refreshments including hot dogs, nachos, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, tea and coffee will be available on the night.

Chris Cross is a magician, contortionist and escapologist from Newcastle, who has travelled the world performing his unique act in hundreds of cabarets and shows, from New York to New Zealand, Bahrain to Dubai, London to Paris and the in-between.

In 2010, he was a semi-finalist on Greece’s Got Talent, in which he was invited to take part after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent a few years earlier.

Chris has performed his trademark ‘Upside-Down Straitjacket Escape’ for lots of festivals and events, including over the river in Newport, Wales, and in The Gate entertainment complex in Newcastle.

For more information, visit his website www.chris-cross.co.uk