Beyond the End of the Road

Current Production
Beyond the End of the Road

A new musical for Northumberland, a midsummer shindig.

Dates: Friday 2 June – Saturday 1 July 2017

When the city meets the countryside all is not what it seems…what’s the news beyond the end of the road?

We have travelled the county, listening to local residents and collecting their stories and anecdotes to create this new site-specific musical exploring rural life. Working with seven villages and a cattle auction mart and taking their material as inspiration, Beyond the End of the Road will tour to each place in 2017.

There is a strange sound coming from the soil. Incomer Sula just cannot let it lie. Her sister Evie can’t seem to get anything right. Alec and Grace are arguing over the sudden arrival of Uncle Bobby and what IS Thomas hiding down at the old station?

Join our storytelling rabble as they weave their midsummer tale about the residents of their village P L A C E, their loves, their losses and their deepest secrets.

Inspired by folk and traditional music, performed by a professional cast of 10 actors and musicians, with special appearances from local talent at each venue.

Warning: there may be tears, there WILL be dancing.

 

Tickets

Ticket prices may vary for each venue. Follow the Tour Date links for each venue to take you to their booking information.  

Age Recommendation: 10 years+

Running Time: 2 hrs 30mins including interval and ceilidh - called by Alistair Anderson/David Oliver.

 

Cast

Narrator (takes on many guises) - Peter Peverley

Grace Lockart Jane Holman

Alec Lockart Micky Cochrane

Bobby Lockart Michael Blair

Thomas Lockart Lawrence Neale

Evie Clark Alice Blundell

Sula Clark Christina Berriman-Dawson

Musicians Katie Doherty, Shona Mooney, Dave Gray and Rachael McShane

Ceilidh Callers Alistair Anderson and David Oliver (Mart only)

Credits:
Produced by November Club in collaboration with Highlights Rural Touring Scheme
Music and Lyrics by Katie Doherty
Written by Laura Lindow
Directed by Cinzia Hardy
Designed by Imogen Cloët

Participation Producer Sarah Hudson

Photography: The Image Farm

Supporters: This performance is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Joicey Trust, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland National Park and The Community Foundation.

Supported by Queens Hall Hexham and Hexham Auction Mart

Tour Dates

DateTimeVenue / web linksTicket Office
Friday 2nd June 7.30pm Hexham Auction Mart *SOLD OUT* 01434 652477
Friday 9th June 7.30pm Thropton War Memorial Hall *SOLD OUT* 01669 621257
Sunday 11th June 3.00pm Felton Village Hall *SOLD OUT* 07710497088
Sunday 11th June

7.00pm

Felton Village Hall *SOLD OUT* 07710497088
Friday 16th June 7.30pm Kirknewton Village Hall *SOLD OUT* 01890 850285
Sunday 18th June 7.00pm Norham Village Hall 01289 382326
Friday 23rd June 7.00pm Shilbottle Community Hall **SOLD OUT** 01665 575196
Sunday 25th June 6.30pm Bardon Mill & Henshaw Village Hall **SOLD OUT** 01434 344424
Tuesday 27th June 7.30pm Sage Gateshead 0191 4434661
Friday 30th June 7.30pm Whalton Village Hall *SOLD OUT* 01670 775411
Saturday 1st July 4.00pm Crossman Hall, Holy Island  

What people said

“I thought the venue was superb, the production was flawless, the actors were totally engaging and convincing and I loved the intercessions – both human and from the nesting swallows. To end with a Ceilidh was inspired and also great fun; what a lovely way to meet members of the cast and the wider team and share in the experience. It is just wonderful to see such high quality work being produced and performed in the region. Well done.”

Andrew Davison, Partner at Muckle LLP, Chairman of the Northumbrian Pipers' Society and Director of Magnetic North East CIC.

What made it real for me was not only to listen to individuals and individual communities to weave each distinctive style into the tapestry of the story but to include them in the performance and, by doing so, make it theirs and ours. Thank you!

Audience member at Hexham Mart 2nd June.