Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Children Bring Fifteen Streets Up to Date

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Children Bring Fifteen Streets Up to Date

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Byline: Raf Sanchez

A CATHERINE Cookson novel is to be given a science-fiction twist.

The Fifteen Streets, set in Victorian Jarrow, will once again be turned into a film - it was the first of Cookson's novels to be given this treatment back in 1989, starring Sean Bean.

But this time, playwright Tom Kelly and a team of South Tyneside school children will be in charge of what goes on screen.

And followers of the popular author's historical novels will be in for a shock - the film will be made in a "Steampunk" style, fusing Victorian history and modern technology.

Tom said the project, being run by the Customs House in South Shields, was designed to help young people connect with history.

He said: "Rather than the past being like a sepia print, I want the young people to engage with it and have it help them in the way they see their society and their lives "Catherine Cookson is synonymous with South Tyneside. Projects like this are important because for kids, the past can be another country and it's important to make it mean something to them. …

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