Residents of Amble and the surrounding area welcomed a day of free theatre, drop-in activities and workshops, live music and more as local companies join forces for a fun-filled day of entertainment. Local theatre companies November Club and Northumberland Theatre Company, alongside the Women’s Workshop brought residents together at the Dovecote Centre in Amble on Friday 6 August between 12noon – 7.30pm.

November Club’s Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Joe Hufton explains:

“We created a project called ‘Walk in Your Shoes/Doorstep Theatre’ which is basically me walking 125 miles of St Oswald’s Way, across Northumberland, stopping at eight communities along the way to deliver theatre. It is a way for us as a theatre company to get out and find out what our audiences want after the pandemic and also meet other organisations and come together in celebration. We approached Northumberland Theatre Company and Women’s Workshop to help us bring something a little different when we stop in Amble.”

November Club delivered Doorstep Theatre to audiences including Amble Youth Project and the Women’s Workshop – a space for women to try new things, to come together and campaign for equality rights.

Julia Lyford of Women’s Workshop said: “We’re pleased to be part of ‘Walk in Your Shoes’ as it reaches Amble. It’s a real opportunity to find out what the community thinks about re-opening up arts and theatre as well as sharing what we’re all about too through stalls and craft activities.”

Louis Roberts, Artistic Director at Northumberland Theatre Company added:

“Collaborations such as this one are crucial to the ongoing survival of arts organisations as we adapt to the future, and we hope this is the first of many with November Club.”

Kim McGuinness, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria also called in to support the endeavour:

 “This time last year things felt very different. My office was helping Women’s Workshop with funding through the Coronavirus Response Fund to ensure women in some of our more rural communities could still access valuable support during difficult times. Today, things are on the up, and it was great to see local organisations coming together to offer a day of fun for local residents in Amble. It was good to learn more about the doorstop theatre work from The November Club and the ‘Walk in Your Shoes’ project too. Things like this can really lift spirits within a community and it’s a great opportunity for local talent to perform safely. Well done to everyone for making this happen.”

 

For more information on the project visit https://www.novemberclub.org.uk/Event/walk-in-your-shoes-doorstep-theatre

 

November Club have a Just Giving Page to support the project you can sponsor Joe to walk the 125 miles here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/walk-in-your-shoes?utm_term=W48Y3Y64R

 

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