Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gruelling Trek Takes Its Toll on Players

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gruelling Trek Takes Its Toll on Players

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Peter Mortimer and his band of strolling players continue walking the length of the Roman Wall putting on performances of his new play Off the Wall at nine village venues. By last night they had reached Chollerford ( and a night off ( from where he reports today.

After an horrendous day that saw us scattered like chaff, five humans and three flags finally arrived at Chollerford.

During a disastrous day's trek from Twice Brewed in atrocious weather, two actors had to be taken to Hexham General Hospital.

But first a heady night's performance of the play at the Twice Brewed Inn with more than 100 crammed in. Warmed up by concertina player Henry Robson, of Bardon Mill, and an electric atmosphere as thespians ran out through the packed rows to act out of their skins.

The most memorable night yet.

Plus which my flag has been returned ( found by young Oscar Cass-Darweish of Birmingham. Twice Brewed serves poteen coffee and boasts three "Roman" cash beers, Flavus, Summus and Fortis. The inn's name is said to come from General Wade who, when building the Military Road in the 18th Century, complained the weak beer should be brewed again. This is nonsense says present landlord Brian Keen. There was no pub there then, and the name comes from two brews (or hills) . Take your pick.

Our bedrooms look back up to Steel Rigg and the Wall. We were at the Wall's highest, wildest point and we were heady with excitement. But we were to pay.

Five performances, and our fifth day's walking began. We struck up back to the Win Sill for what would probably be our longest, toughest day.

Hardly a flat inch here, a roller-coaster of a walk, and by Housesteads settlement Bill Meeks was as green as chip shop processed peas ( and vomiting.

Our stage manager Craig Davidson, who along with Sarah Lurati of Arts UK had come to walk with us this day, was doomed to a truncated perambulation. …

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