Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Maskerade Sees an Old Pals' Act

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Maskerade Sees an Old Pals' Act

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Byline: By Gordon Barr

From Terry Pratchett to Glenn Miller, Gordon Barr, takes a look at this week's theatre highlights

Whitley Bay Theatre Company opens its new production tomorrow.

Maskerade, by Terry Pratchett, will also be performed on Saturday and again on March 18 and 19.

The group is hoping the production will attract Pratchett fans and theatregoers alike.

Among the cast are Rob Smith and Joanna Wingate, both Bluecoats at Pontins, in Somerset, five years ago.

The pair didn't know each other before they started working there, although both lived in Whitley Bay.

Joanna said: "We used to talk about home and reminisce. It was nice to have a friend from home when we were both so far away."

When they left Pontins, they ended up in different parts of the country, but in February last year Joanna saw an article in a newspaper about an open evening for the Whitley Bay Theatre Club.

She went along to see what the group was like and there was Rob. They hadn't seen each other for more than three years.

Their first time back on stage together was in the production of Are You Being Served, last July, and then Pardon Me, Prime Minister, in November.

Using their holiday park experience, the pair now also work together doing children's parties. Rob says: "It is great to be back on stage with Joanna again, and the parties are like a mini Pontins within two hours."

The duo are now looking forward to performing in Maskerade, staged at The Volunteers Centre, in Beech Avenue, Whitley Bay, with curtain up at 7.30pm.

Tickets are pounds 5 and are available from the Playhouse box office on (0191) 252 3505.

Award winning contemporary music act, Blazin' Fiddles, make their debut performance at South Shields' Customs House tomorrow.

Nominated for Best Live Act of the Year at the BBC Folk Awards, the fiddle ensemble now attracts a world-wide following.

The five young fiddle players from the Scottish Highlands and Islands bring their unique sound for one night only.

They have been described as absolutely mind-blowing by the BBC's Mike Harding and The Led Zeppelin of the folk world, by a Scottish newspaper. …

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