Lighthouse. Camera. Action.
When Hollywood came to Northumberland it was bound to cause a storm. Local girl Grace Armstrong sets out to make a film about her idol Grace Darling but things don’t turn out quite how she expects.
This funny, heartfelt play pays tribute to the Northumberland heroine Grace Darling, who in 1838, with her lighthouse keeper father William, rescued 9 survivors from the wreck of the SS Forfarshire.
The play will include some original film footage shot as part of a unique partnership with Sunderland University, provided by Contrapunto, a digital film company formed by recent graduates from the University.
Directed by Emma Roxburgh and produced by Wisecrack Productions in association with Alnwick Playhouse. Amazing Grace is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The wonderful poster and leaflet design (right) was done by Anthony Antoniou at www.designbyantony.com
Amazing Grace is touring across the North East now, starring Catherine Dryden, Sean Wildey and Trevor Cuthbertson. It opened at Alnwick Playhouse on October 17 with a full house and a great response. The reviews are in from the Northumberland Gazette and the Evening Chronicle and they’re great – “a truly memorable play… it went down a treat” and “the legend is relived and warms our hearts, it’s a comedy and a history lesson.” Full tour details are below. You can buy tickets from the relevant box office numbers below or if you click on the theatre’s name you will be directed straight to their website.
Alnwick Playhouse: 01665 510 785 Wednesday, October 17 – Friday October 19 7.30pm (plus Thursday matinee 2pm). Ticket prices: £11 (£10 concessions) £8 Schools
Consett Empire: 01207 218171 Saturday, October 20 (3pm and 7.30pm). Ticket prices £13 (£12 concessions) £8 Schools and students
Hexham Queen’s Hall: 01434 652477 Monday, October 22 and Tuesday, October 23 7.30pm (and 1pm Tuesday matinee) Ticket prices: £13 (£11 concessions), £8 Schools and students
Gala theatre (Durham): 0191 332 4041 Wednesday, October 24 and Thursday, October 25 7.30pm (and 2.30pm matinee Thursday). Ticket prices £13 (£12 concessions) £8 Schools and students
Hartlepool Town Hall: 01429 890 000 Friday, October 26 7.30pm. Ticket price £13 (£12 concessions), £8 Schools and students
Gateshead Old Town Hall: 0191 433 6965 Saturday, October 27 7.30pm. Ticket prices: £10 (£8 concessions)
Customs House (South Shields): 0191 454 1234 Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30 7.45pm (and matinee Tuesday 2.30pm). Ticket prices: £13 (£11 concessions), £8 Schools and students
Blyth Phoenix theatre: 01670 367 228 Wednesday, October 31 7.30pm. Ticket prices: £13 (£11 concessions), £8 Schools and students
Berwick Maltings: 01289 330999 Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2 7.30pm (and Friday matinee 1pm)Ticket prices: £13 (£11 concessions), £8 Schools and students
Whitley Bay Playhouse: 0844 277 2771 Saturday, November 3 2.30pm and 7.30pmTicket prices: £14 (£11 concessions), £8 Schools and students
The tour would not have been possible without help from several organisations and companies. As well as the aforementioned Alnwick Playhouse and Sunderland University it has received support from Vic Young, Newcastle Racecourse, North of England P & I Association and www.daysoutinfo.co.uk