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Markest Stall comes to life in Ashington and Blyth

A new outdoor performance created in South East Northumberland will be touring the UK including the Commonwealth Games

Market Stall in rehearsals with C_12 Dance Theatre
Market Stall in rehearsals with C_12 Dance Theatre

A new outdoor performance created in South East Northumberland will premiere in Ashington and Blyth next week.

Market Stall features high energy dance, circus skills and parkour and will appropriately be performed around a fruit and veg stall.

The centrepiece is designed to be danced in, around and over, while it is hoped the funny storyline might get kids to eat fruit ...and parents to join the circus.

The production has been co-commissioned by bait and C-12 Dance Theatre and audiences in Ashington and Blyth will be the first to see the show before it goes on a national tour to festivals and events, including Greenwich Docklands Festival and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Ahead of the performance, more than 100 people from schools and community groups across South East Northumberland are taking part in dance and movement workshops with professional performers from C-12 Dance Theatre.

Adam Towndrow, executive producer, C-12 Dance Theatre, said: “Creating and presenting Market Stall in Blyth and Ashington has been a friendly and positive experience, engaging new audiences. Both towns have welcomed us with open arms and it has been an enriching and meaningful creative exchange.

“We hope to entertain, educate and promote high quality dance, supportive creative conversation and healthy eating in the North East.”

The Market Stall project has been created by bait, which supports people in South East Northumberland to create and take part in inspiring arts projects.

It is part of the national Creative People and Places programme, launched by Arts Council England at various locations around the UK with traditionally low participation rates when it comes to arts and culture, with the aim of making a lasting change in the way communities could create and experience art.

Rachel Adam, director, bait said: “We’re really delighted to work with C-12 Dance Theatre who are creating a new, high quality production right here in South East Northumberland.

“Audiences in Ashington and Blyth will be the first to see this show before it heads out on a national tour to high profile events and festivals, including the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.”

Market Stall will be performed in Ashington Market and Blyth Market at 11.30am and 1.30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. Performances are 20 minutes long, free and suitable for all the family.

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