Beyond the End of the Road

A new musical for Northumberland

Past Production
Beyond the End of the Road

When the city meets the Northumberland countryside, all is not what it seems... what is the news ‘Beyond the End of the Road’?

Dates: Friday 2 June – Saturday 1 July 2017

November Club creative team 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 Roadreturned to each village to perform through June 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?

Our storytelling rabble 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.


Age Recommendation: 10 years+

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



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)

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, Imogen Cloët.

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

Friday 2nd JuneHexham Auction Mart *SOLD OUT*
Friday 9th JuneThropton War Memorial Hall *SOLD OUT*
Sunday 11th JuneFelton Village Hall *SOLD OUT*
Sunday 11th JuneFelton Village Hall *SOLD OUT*
Friday 16th JuneKirknewton Village Hall *SOLD OUT*
Sunday 18th JuneNorham Village Hall
Friday 23rd JuneShilbottle Community Hall **SOLD OUT**
Sunday 25th JuneBardon Mill & Henshaw Village Hall **SOLD OUT**
Tuesday 27th JuneSage Gateshead
Friday 30th JuneWhalton Village Hall *SOLD OUT*
Saturday 1st JulyCrossman 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.