Plenty of Highlights coming to the north

Rag Mama Rag
Rag Mama Rag

From Edinburgh Fringe Festival favourites to a classic Christmas tale, a mixed and varied bill of live entertainment is coming to north Northumberland over the next few months.

Highlights Rural Touring Scheme has announced its latest programme, from September to the end of December, and includes stops in Amble, Wooler, Craster, Howick and Whittingham.

The schedule offers something for everyone, such as music, comedy and heartwarming theatre.

The first show in north Northumberlaned is An Evening with Mervyn Stutter, which comes to Wooler’s Cheviot Centre on Saturday, September 20.

Stutter is an actor, comedian, scriptwriter, satirical songwriter, founder member of The Flying Pickets and performs at the Edinburgh Fringe every year.

His Wooler show begins at 7.30pm and admission is £7 adults, £6 concessions.

The Cheviot Centre also plays host to English duo Rag Mama Rag, who have built up a reputation as one of Europe’s finest country blues acts.

Their performance is at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 25. Entry is £7 adults, £6 concessions, £4 children and £18 family.

Cheviot Centre tickets can be purchased by calling 01668 282406.

Highlights is bringing two shows to Whittingham Memorial Institute over the next couple of months.

There will be live music at the venue on Friday, September 26, at 7.30pm, thanks to Pacific Curls, who transcend the seams of Maori, Pacific and Scottish culture.

Pentabus Theatre presents Each Slow Dusk on Friday, November 14. The play, written by Rory Mullarkey, is a contemporary look at the impact war had, and continues to have, on rural communities.

Both shows start at 7.30pm and tickets for each are priced £8 adults, £7 conc, £4 children and £18 family. Call 01665 574964.

Bane 3, which is multi-award-winning one-man comedy with a live guitar soundtrack, will be performed at Amble Parish Hall, at 7.30pm, on Saturday, October 18.

It is a comic story of revenge with a tough-talking anti-hero and is an Edinburgh Fringe Festival sell-out show.

Tickets, available from 01670 760007, are priced £8 adult, £7 conc and £5 children.

Craster Memorial Hall will host the Monster Ceilidh Band on Saturday, November 15, from 7pm.

Combining traditional dance forms with contemporary electronic dance music, this group is guaranteed to get the audience dancing.

Tickets are £7.50 adults, £4 children and £18 family and are available by calling 01665 576226.

Farnham Maltings presents the Christmas classic, It’s A Wonderful Life, at Howick Village Hall on Sunday, December 14, at 7pm.

Entry is £8 adults, £4 children and £20 family. For tickets, call 01665 577384.

Other locations on the Highlights itinerary over the next few months are Wingates Village Institute, Middleton and Todridge Village Hall and Hepscott Parish Hall.

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