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NTC  Rallying Round
NTC Rallying Round

Northumberland Theatre Company hits the road this autumn with a new play that’s both laugh-out-loud funny and extremely moving.

Rallying Round is written by Stewart Howson and will be visiting venues in north Northumberland and further afield.

The tour comes on the back of a wonderful reception to the play’s trial run earlier this year.

It kicks off on Thursday, October 31, in Selkirk, before the curtain comes down on Saturday, November 16, at Dinnington Village Hall.

Along the way, it will be stopping off at Seahouses Community Centre, on Friday, November 1, and Etal Village Hall on Wednesday, November 6.

Both start at 7.30pm.

Other venues include Kirkwhelpington Village Hall (Tuesday, November 12, 7.30pm) and Spittal Parish Church, a day later and also starting at 7.30pm.

In Rallying Round, old soldier Archie cons his young ‘carer’ Mo into giving him a lift to Monte Carlo.

It is a journey that Archie used to take in his classic rally car with his old oppo Dougie, although he now seems a little hazy about the route and even the destination.

Join Archie and Mo on a journey as two very different worlds collide and an unusual modern friendship forms.

The play, described as a rollicking new comedy/drama about youth and age, is essentially a two-man show, featuring Stewart Howson, as Archie, and Umar Ahmed, as Mo.

It is directed by Gillian Hambleton. The stage design is done by Michelle Huitson.

It has received positive reviews, with one critic describing it as poignant and funny with a wonderful mix of Auld Alliance, humour and Bollywood.

Another praised it for being packed with lots of chuckles and laughs.

Northumberland Theatre Company is based at Alnwick Playhouse.

It is a professional small-scale theatre company which has been touring to theatre-less zones in rural areas of the North East and nationally for more than 30 years.

Previous shows performed by the company include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Grimm Tales.

For information about the company or for more show details, including contact details for each venue, visit