Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Theatre Award Not Borrowed but for Keeps

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Theatre Award Not Borrowed but for Keeps

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Byline: David Whetstone Arts & Entertainment Editor

THEY staged The Borrowers and now Northern Stage have something they don't have to give back - a top theatre award.

It will, however, have to be shared.

The Newcastle theatre company's Christmas show was joint winner in the Best Show for Children and Young People category of the 2013 UK Theatre Awards, organised annually by the Theatrical Management Association (TMA).

At the final reckoning the judges couldn't separate the Newcastle show and Mister Holgado, a production from the London-based Unicorn Theatre which specialises in shows for young audiences.

It didn't stop them celebrating at Northern Stage, though.

Susan Coffer, the company's executive director, said: "Every Christmas, as an alternative to panto, we produce quality, original entertainment for families, so we were absolutely delighted that last year's production of The Borrowers won Best Show for Children and Young People in the prestigious UK Theatre Awards."

The show, an adaptation of Mary Norton's 1952 children's book about the little people who borrow from the big folk above the floorboards, had a cast including Gary Kitching, Karen Traynor and Frances McNamee as Pod, Homily and Arrietty, the borrowers of the title.

The Journal's reviewer called it charming and innovative.

It was the last show directed at Northern Stage by chief executive and artistic director Erica Whyman before she left to join the Royal Shakespeare Company at the beginning of this year.

This year's Northern Stage Christmas show on the main stage will be directed by her successor, Lorne Campbell.

It is called Dark Woods, Deep Snow: A Grimm Tale for Christmas.

Susan Coffer said the bar had been set very high by The Borrowers but she had every confidence this year's show would be "another Christmas cracker". …

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