Four nights of magic are in store for those attending the latest show by one of the region’s foremost youth theatre groups.
First Act Theatre, who are based in the old Jubilee Theatre at St Nicholas’ Hospital, Gosforth, are presenting The Dreaming which is set against a backdrop of Edwardian spiritualism.
For fans of the Royal Shakespeare Company, who are also performing in Newcastle this week, this is a reminder of the many plays inspired by Shakespeare’s own.
The Dreaming, a musical written by Charles Hart and Howard Goodall, is based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream but set in the early years of the 20th Century.
Joe Diggle, young musical director of First Act Theatre, said the show was written for the National Youth Music Theatre but hadn’t had many subsequent performances.
“Howard Goodall has done loads of film work and also did the soundtrack for Mr Bean and Blackadder,” he said.
“The show isn’t very well known in the North East but my colleague Christina Cuthbertson, who is also a musical director, saw it eight years ago and really loved it.
“She has always wanted to do it and we thought it would be good to do something that hasn’t really been done here before.”
The show’s main character is Jack, a blacksmith’s boy who wanders into the woods where he encounters all manner of strange creatures, including the semi-feral Woodlanders led by Angel and Sylvia.
In the spirit of Shakespearean drama, the part of Jack is played by a girl, Annabel Moody.
Joe said that due to the multitude of talent on offer among the First Act members, all aged eight to 18, some of the other leading parts were being shared.
Also on the creative team are director Callum Buchanan and choreographer Bobby Trotter. Music will be provided by a six-piece band.
First Act Theatre was formed in 1991 and past members include Jill Halfpenny, Donna Air, Dale Meeks, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (when she was plain Cheryl Tweedy) and Ant and Dec.
The Dreaming runs from October 8-11 at 7pm and tickets are £6 and £4.