Four of the best on show around county

Northumberland Theatre Company 4 words
Northumberland Theatre Company 4 words

Northumberland Theatre Company (NTC) kicks-off its month-long tour next week, featuring work from an international best-selling crime writer and a hugely-talented Coronation Street storyliner.

The professional group is bringing its latest production, 4words, to venues across the county, and beyond, in March.

This quirky show brings together Steven Pilman, Georgina Hall, James Laurence Hunter and Nadia Emam – talents from the company’s training scheme InterACT which is to be axed following funding cuts – with NTC professionals Nigel Collins and Eleanor Dennison. It is made up of four new short plays – each around half-an-hour long – by northern writers.

Stranded, by crime author Val McDermid, is adapted for the stage by NTC. Inspired by her short stories, it will make you shudder and will linger long in the mind.

Not Some Kind of Sideshow, by Noreen Rees, is a story of courage, hope and determination, friendship and family, and the power of the human spirit.

Coronation Street storyliner Lee Mattinson’s Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit is a simple but sensational tale of hope, hatred and heartbreaking honesty.

Boiling Point, by Rachel Barnett, is a whimsical view of 35 years of married life as seen through the rise and fall of four kettles.

The show, which is suitable for people aged 15 and over as it contains adult themes, is directed by Gillian Hambleton and designed by Michelle Huitson.

The curtain opens on the tour next Thursday and Friday with 7.30pm performances at the Alnwick Playhouse Studio.

For tickets, call 01665 510785.

Other Northumberland diary dates include Berwick’s The Maltings Theatre (01289 330999) on March 8, Bamburgh Pavilion (01665 721061) on March 10, Morpeth Town Hall (01670 514314) on March 24, Etal Village Hall (01890 820777) on March 30 and Longhirst Village Hall (01670 790764) on March 31.

All of these start at 7.30pm. Call the relevant venues for tickets, which vary in price.

For more information, visit www.northum