ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT by Tom Guest

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Drama Festival Line Up Revealed

This year’s annual drama festival of one act plays will take place at the Parish Hall from 11th September. Over 5 nights, 10 companies perform 13 plays, all of which will be adjudicated by Paul Fowler of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, an experienced and articulate judge.

On the final night of the Festival, Paul will give out the usual awards (in Sedgefield's version of the Oscars), with further entertainment provided by the groups. The variety of plays this year is wide with several original pieces, classic texts from Chekov, Brecht and Poe and contemporary plays recently performed in London and further afield. Tickets cost £7 per evening, or a season ticket for the whole week is £30, including the final night buffet. Contact the Players on 07763 257846 or purchase from www.sedgefieldplayers.co.ukor Tickety Boo.

Monday September 11th

Sedgefield Players Youth Section – SPYS – Remote by Stef Smith
Unison Theatre Group – The Last Act by Thomas Guest

Tuesday September 12th

Matchbox Theatre – A trilogy of shorty plays by Tom Casling
Ten Minutes to Reach Inside, The Muse and Mankind
Shoestring Theatre Company – The Ladybirds by Tony Layton

Wednesday September 13th

Statement Drama Company – Verbatim by Albi Gorn
Sedgefield Players – A Touch of Rose Madder by Jim O’Connor

Thursday September 14th

Sedgefield Players – The Jewish Wife by Bertolt Brecht
Nunthorpe Players – Acting, it’s not plumbing… by Cheryl Barrett

Friday September 15th

Cliffe Theatre – The Tell-Tale heart by Edgar Allan Poe
Bananadrama – Soul Mates by Shari Gledhill
Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society – The Proposal by Anton Chekhov

Saturday September 16th

Final adjudication by Paul Fowler of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators

Tickets £7.00 (+£0.60 online booking fee). Season Ticket £30 (inclusive of final night buffet). Available from Tickety Boo or order online or call the ticket hotline 07763257846.


Raise Your Voice!

From Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th September, Ferryhill Stage Society will perform the Musical adaptation of the Whoopi Goldberg film ‘Sister Act’, at their usual venue Mainsforth and District Community Centre in Ferryhill Station.

The story of lounge singer Delores Van Cartier, who witnesses her mobster boyfriend commit a murder and is sent to a convent by the witness protection program, is a hilarious and heart warming comedy with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. Performances start at 7.15 with a 2.15 matinee on the Saturday and tickets are available from Ticket Secretary Joan Harker on 01740 652551


The Mayor’s Charity Quiz

On Friday 27th October at Ceddesfeld Hall from 7.30 pm, the annual Mayors Charity Quiz will be taking place. Tickets are £6 and available from Council Offices on 01740 621273 or email jane@sedgefieldtowncouncil.gov.uk A Pie & Peas supper is included.

This year the quiz is raising money for The North East Air Ambulance Service and the Macular Society plus other local good causes.


Folk Festival Information

Sedgefield Folk Festival takes place from the 1st to the 3rd September and tickets are now on sale.

Artists this year include The Mighty Doonans, Bob Fox, Anthony John Clarke, Flossie Malavialle, Los Capitanes, Good Fellows, Other Roads and many others. As ever the World Famous Spoons Championships with Bert Draycott will take place on the Saturday afternoon. For folk festival information contact Joan Edmundson on 621347 or visit www.sedgefieldfolkfestival.co.uk.


Sedgefield Cricket Club Beer Festival

Fri 22nd – Sun 24th September:

With free entry and 16 real ales to choose from, Sedgefield Cricket Club’s 3rd Beer Festival is looking to follow on from last year’s very successful event. There will be an indoor and outdoor bar, which also includes a wine bar from Yalumba wines. Beer token cards will again be used for the outdoor bars.

Sedgefield Rugby Club are playing two games on the Saturday afternoon. Saxons v Northallerton kicks off at 12pm and the 1st team play Acklam at 3pm. Food is on offer throughout the weekend with hog roasts on Friday and Saturday from Robinson’s of Wingate and hot carvery sandwiches on Sunday.

This year the Club are ending the Festival with local band 101 who will be playing live from 8.30pm on the Sunday evening. There will also be an outdoor inflatable laser quest and bouncy castle for children over the weekend. With free entry and beers priced at a very reasonable £2.50 a pint and £1.25 a half, the Club expects a very busy weekend but have plenty of beers available and their selection will cater for all tastes and palettes. The beers on offer over the weekend are all sourced from local Breweries, selected with the help of Three Brothers Brewing Company, a local brewery from Stockton, now familiar to Farmers’ Market shoppers. Sedgefield Cricket Club is a not-for-profit organisation and run largely by a team of dedicated volunteers who put together the Festival. All of the Beers at the Festival are sponsored by local companies and all profits raised from the weekend help fund the running of the Club and maintenance of clubhouse and ground.

Times of opening are: Friday 6-11pm and Saturday and Sunday 1pm – 11pm both days. Entry is free all weekend and everyone is welcome.