The Gospels Truth

Posted on: January 8th, 2013 by Trevor | 1 Comment

Ed and Trevor have been commissioned to pen a play to celebrate the exhibition of the Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham in the summer of 2013.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham has been commissioned by destination management agency, Visit County Durham, with production partner Gala Theatre Durham, and will premiere in Durham on 2 July 2013.

Trevor said: “We are really pleased to be asked to write this play. While we will have utmost respect for the subject matter we can assure everyone it will be a comedy, influenced by some of our inspirations like Blackadder and Monty Python.  We have some amazing material to work with and will do our best to cram 1400 years of North East history into one unmissable production.”

Melanie Sensicle, Chief Executive of Visit County Durham said “Lindisfarne Gospels Durham will be a catalyst for a celebration of the region’s cultural and artistic heritage.  There will be a host of events around the region and one of the most exciting and original will be this play.   As the title suggests this is a lighthearted and fun performance which takes a humorous look at the story of the Lindisfarne Gospels, featuring St Cuthbert, St Aidan, the Venerable Bede, the Kings of Northumbria, 390 cows and of course the Viking invasion of 793.”

Robin Byers, Programming and Operations Manager at Gala Theatre said:  “We are really pleased to have Ed and Trevor on board, as they are synonymous with the North East and have produced loads of successful and very funny plays, many of which have been staged at Gala.  We are delighted that A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham will have its first performance at Gala in July 2013 before embarking on a regional tour.”

The production is being directed by Gareth Tudor Price, former Artistic Director of Hull Truck Theatre Company.  Gareth’s numerous theatre credits include Bouncers, Every Time It Rains, Up on the Roof and A Big Day for the Goldbergs.

The Lindisfarne Gospels and St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe’s oldest surviving bound book will be on loan from the British Library as part of a partnership with Durham University, Durham County Council and Durham Cathedral.  The Lindisfarne Gospels will be on show in world-class exhibition facilities on Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site from 1 July to 31 September 2013.   For more information on Lindisfarne Gospels Durham go to:

Tickets for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way toDurhamare on sale now.  Contact Gala Theatre box office on 0191 3324041 or book online at

One Response

  1. Ian Dryden says:

    Great to see you at Cath’s Surprise leaving do at ‘Tokyo’ last Thursday.

    Hope this reaches you as you claim my previous ones have not !!!!!

    Please acknowledge receipt.


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