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John Guy Brown makes directorial debut and exhibits paintings

YOU have to admire multi-talented people who can do a bit of this and a bit of that.

YOU have to admire multi-talented people who can do a bit of this and a bit of that. Retired teacher John Guy Brown is one of these, whose talents are on display in both theatre and gallery this week.

John is making his directorial debut in South Shields while also exhibiting his paintings for the first time in Newcastle.

John was inspired to direct CP Taylor’s play And a Nightingale Sang after seeing Live Theatre’s performance in 2006. The story, underscored by songs, is set during the Second World War, and charts the turbulent life of a working-class family.

John, of Sunderland, says: “I love the play, but it is quite complicated to put on and has been difficult to direct. However, it has been very enjoyable.”

When not in rehearsals, John found time to paint the Tyne Bridge set for the Westovian Theatre Society production at the South Shields Pier Pavilion.

He has also been preparing work for an exhibition by Teesdale Artists Network at the Art Works Galleries in Ouseburn, Newcastle.

Former art and design teacher John says: “Drama and painting are linked by composition. The idea is to bring everything together into something people can enjoy.”

:: Westovian Theatre Society’s And a Nightingale Sang is at the Pier Pavilion, South Shields, until Saturday; box office: (0191) 456-0980. Teesdale Artists Network is exhibiting at the Art Works Galleries, Stepney Bank, Newcastle, until March 30, tel: (0191) 261-9922.

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