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.



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.



Bobby                Michael Blair

Evie                   Alice Blundell

Alec                   Micky Cochrane

Grace                Jane Holman

Thomas             Lawrence Neale

Zac, Narrator     Pete Peverley

Sula                   Christina Berriman

Musician            Shona Mooney

Musician            Dave Gray

Musician            Rachael McShane

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

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 01434 652477
Friday 9th June 7.30pm Thropton War Memorial Hall 01669 621257
Sunday 11th June 3.00pm Felton Village Hall 07710497088
Sunday 11th June


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

What people said

‘We solemnly vow to entertain you with our musical tomfoolery. We sincerely commit to tickling your toes with our neat beats and swelling your hearts with our heart-strung songs. But above all we promise to engage your attentions with a darn good story!‘
Cinzia Hardy, Artistic Director at November Club said: “This is the only musical to be made based on rural life in Northumberland and it’s something to be celebrated. We are so incredibly grateful to all our funders for the generous support allowing us to build on our unique approach to working with local communities - reaching new places and people across Northumberland. The content will be shaped by each village and it will be a real discovery of the county.”