‘Beyond the End of the Road’ returns to its cultural home at Hexham and Northern Mart.
November Club’s rural musical Beyond the End of the Road toured the county of Northumberland last year, and they are set to return to the Bellingham Ring at Hexham and Northern Mart on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July.
The rural touring musical touches the lives of a village called P L A C E, and follows their love, losses and deepest secrets. The music and lyrics, composed by Katie Doherty, include a new song ‘Listen’ and are inspired by traditional folk music. The extended show also includes additional text written by Laura Lindow, November Club’s Cinzia Hardy Directs, Designed by Imogen Cloët.
Beyond the End of the Road includes a cast of 10 professional actors and musicians as well as pop up performances from the local community in the form of speaking roles and a flash mob choir. The show has since stacked up three awards since last year’s tour.
The awards include:
• Achates Philanthropy Prize Corporate Award, November 2017 - November Club nominated Hexham and Northern Marts for the accolade – and won.
• Performance of the Year at the Journal Culture Awards in May 2018.
• Touring Scheme Collaboration of the Year with Highlights Rural Touring at the National Rural Touring Awards June 2018.
Thanks to the Achates win, November Club were awarded a £5,000 prize which has enabled them to clear out the sheep for one more weekend and bring the show back to Hexham and Northern Marts, where it all began.
Cinzia Hardy, November Club’s Artistic Director said: “Our musical Beyond the End of the Road is inspired by the stories of hill sheep farmers in rural Northumberland so working with Hexham Auction Mart, where farmers come to sell and buy livestock makes perfect sense. I am absolutely thrilled to be remounting the show this summer and we hope all those who missed out last year and those who want to enjoy it all over again, will join us in the Bellingham Ring in July.”
Cinzia added: “We are thrilled to be recognised Nationally for our work with the Achates Award and National Rural Touring Awards, bringing medium scale musical theatre to small villages across Northumberland. Beyond the End of the Road was very much the villages show as it was ours; we took the communities on a journey from the initial story gathering to participating in the final performance. The show resonated deeply with the communities we toured to and became a real celebration of the County and rural life.”
“I loved it! Amazing music, storytelling and brilliant way to share folk music and heritage. Well done all.” Audience member from the 2017 Northumberland tour.
Tickets for Beyond the End of the Road at Hexham and Northern Marts are available to buy online www.ticketsource.co.uk/novemberclub or direct from the Hexham and Northern Mart office.
£15 adult / £13 concession.
Photography: PFJ Images
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Kathryn Row, Marketing and Audience Development Manager at November Club
Beyond the End of the Road
Music and Lyrics by: Katie Doherty, Music Associate, November Club
Written by: Laura Lindow
Directed by: Cinzia Hardy, Artistic Director, November Club
Designed by: Imogen Cloët, Design Associate, November Club
Age Recommendation: 10 years+
Running Time: 2 hrs 15mins (including interval)