Theatre company receives funding

Northumberland Theatre Company (NTC) has received £7,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to commemorate the First World War.

Awarded through HLF’s First World War: Then and Now programme, the special project is entitled Notes from the Front.

It will engage more than 1,600 young people and audience members across the region through a touring theatre event and exhibition of archive material, as well as schools’ workshops .

The project will enable communities to mark the centenary of the conflict during 2014.

It will provide an opportunity for audiences of all ages to come to a deeper understanding of the personal and emotional impact of the war through the presentation of the personal recollections of soldiers’ experiences.

The performance piece will contain letters and songs from the period with additional local material sourced by school and community groups.

Those groups will be supported by NTC and David Telfer who will compile and write the additional material into a performance text.

Audiences will be invited to bring along artefacts to the performance to provide a unique, immediate exhibition to go alongside a touring collection of copies of research material

Gillian Hambleton, NTC’s artistic director said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and look forward to the production.”

l Alnwick-based NTC performs its festive show, Once Upon a Time in the North, at Chatton Village Hall on Friday at 6.30pm. For tickets, call 07801 981377.

It is based on the traditional stories, myths and legends of the northern region and is a modern take on some classic yarns.

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