Laughs and a nice frock

Joe Fleming and Josie Cerise in a dress rehearsal for Sward.
Joe Fleming and Josie Cerise in a dress rehearsal for Sward.
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Sward! The Story of a Meadow, Bamburgh Pavilion, Thursday, May 26, 7.30pm. Tickets £5, Wyndenwell, Bamburgh, 07900 881391 or 01665 721061.

BAMBURGH Pavilion is playing host to another theatrical extravaganza next week with a one-night only performance of Sward! The Story of a Meadow.

Sward! is written by Simon Corbie, co-creator of West End and Broadway success The 39 Steps, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, and which also started its glitteringly successful run in rural village halls.

Corbie was commissioned to write the play by Blaize Theatre Company, based in West Yorkshire, in collaboration with Northumberland’s rural touring scheme, Highlights.

Over the last few years, Bamburgh Pavilion has entertained packed houses with plays focused on aspects of 21st century and rural life, from the recent NTC production of Star Quality to Charity Shop Cabaret, which came fresh from the Edinburgh Festival.

Sward! is about love, time travel and a hay meadow – described as an entertaining romp featuring songs, laughs and at least one nice frock. It has its roots in ancient myth, oral records and modern science.

A cast of four play 18 characters. Young farmer Jason Drysdale is out on his quad bike, spraying thistles, when he spots botany student Jemima Foxley crawling through the grass verge at the side of a minor road in Leedale. Their chance meeting propels them on a magical journey.

The performance is accompanied by a photographic exhibition by Neville Turner, which follows the changing face of flower-rich hay meadows through the seasons.