Riding roughshod through the theatre

RIDING Lights Roughshod Theatre Company is performing its new production, Downsideup – Taking Back The Power – at a number of north Northumberland venues this month.

Using a series of sketches, music, physical theatre and comedy, Downsideup addresses issues that everyone faces relating to power in modern day life.

From the teenager who feels pressurised to be beautiful, to a marriage of violence and conflict, it explores the daily burdens of man.

In contrast, the company of five young actors explores the values of the Kingdom of God such as forgiveness, love, equity, peace and grace and how a deeper sense of power can be found in the radical thought, teaching and example of a Rabbi from Nazareth.

The performers are Phoebe Gann, George Meyrick, Peter Shaw, Naomi Oliver and Helen Tebbs.

Telling their own stories and experiences, and using their own terms and languages, Downsideup is an atmospheric show which illustrates how sometimes a negative can be turned into a positive.

The show comes to Creighton Memorial Hall, Stead Road, Embleton (box office 01665 576660) on Wednesday before going to the Jubilee Institute Hall, Bridge Street, Rothbury, (box office 01669 622856) on Thursday, May 12.

On Friday, May 13, the show will be performed at St Paul’s School, South Road, Alnwick (box office 01665 604304) and then Felton Village Hall, 5 Davidson Avenue, Felton (box office 01670 787263 or from Hill Rise Store, Main Street, Felton) on Saturday, May 14.

Then, on Saturday, May 21, Downsideup will be performed at Amble Parish Hall, Dovecote Street, Amble – box office 01670 760007 or from N & F Young (Decorators) Ltd, 8 Queen Street, Amble.

Tickets for the shows, which all start at 7.30pm, cost £6 for adults and £4 for concessions.

Two public drama workshops are also on offer – on Saturday, May 14, at Warkworth Memorial Hall for adults (£10 each), and on Saturday, May 21, at Amble Parish Hall for young people aged 12 to 18 (£5 each).

For more information contact Mike Dixon 01670 760007.