Plenty of Highlights with launch of new programme

Highlights Touring Programme'Holmes and Watson
Highlights Touring Programme'Holmes and Watson

The curtain has gone up on the autumn programme of the Highlights Rural Touring Scheme and once again the Berwick area is at the heart of the action.

In the past few years, Highlights has brought a diverse range of both home grown and international talent to the region and the new season will see seven village halls in north Northumberland welcome audiences to nine different shows.The spotlight will first be put on the Cheviot Centre in Wooler when the venue hosts a performance from Kit Holmes on Saturday, September 28. Described as ‘Macy Gray meets Nick Drake’, energetic musician Kit will be joined by Allan Greenwood on guitar.

Tickets for the event are priced £7 adults, £6 concessions and can be booked by ringing 01668 282 406.

Both Bamburgh Pavilion and Craster Memorial Hall will welcome Angus & Ross Theatre company’s ‘Holmes & Watson’ on Thursday, October 3 and Friday, October 4 respectively.

The entertaining, fast paced, hysterical comedy features Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in one of their most baffling unrecorded cases - ‘The Case of the Prime Minister, the Floozie and the Lummock Rock Lighthouse’.

And if that sounds right up your street you’re advised to get your tickets in plenty of time as it is the show’s farewell tour.

Tickets for the Bamburgh performance (available from 01668 214 634) are priced £7.50 for adults with children getting in for free while at Craster adult prices are the same with concession tickets priced £6.50. Ring 01665 576 226 to book.

On Friday, October 25 Berwick United Reform Church in Spittal will host a show perfectly suited to imaginative youngsters. Bird Nest Theatre’s ‘Blown Away’ is the story of a friendship and is a beautiful, magical and gentle piece of theatre for young audiences aged 3-6 years in which they are invited to join the characters on a night time adventure through the sky.

Tickets, available from 07752403409, are priced £7 adults, £3.50 children.

A few weeks later on Sunday, November 10, the church will host a performance from Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, stars of last year’s Berwick Frontier Festival.

The six piece band have an eclectic style with elements of swing, jazz, blues and ragtime all thrown into the mix. Tickets, available from the same number, are priced £7.50 adults, £4 children.

As Christmas approaches, the action moves south to St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh for a Blast from the Past on Friday, November 29.

‘A Victorian Christmas’ is a festive exploration of the Yuletide our ancestors would have known featuring music, song, stories and drama from the time of Dickens and Hardy.

Adults tickets for the show are priced £7.50 and children get free entry. To book ring 01668 214 634.

And finally as 2014 draws ever nearer on Monday, December 30, Seahouses Sports & Community Centre will host Horse & Bamboo Theatre and their production of ‘Red Riding Hood’, suitable for those four and over.

Tickets, priced £6 adults, £5 children are available from 01665 721 868.