Tim Dalling – The Unhappy King

Tim Dalling - The Unhappy King Hamsterley Village Hall is delighted to be presenting Tim Dalling in The Unhappy King, performing as part of Highlights Touring Scheme’s Autumn Programme on Tuesday 19 October at 7.30pm.

For more details and to book seats (advanced booking strongly recommended), please contact the Secretary on 01388-488323.  Adults £6, Children £4, Family £18. The show is suitable for those aged 8 and over.

Newcastle’s Tim Dalling, the renowned madcap accordionist from folk-comedy phenomenon, The New Rope String Band, has been let out on his own with his new one-man show – a double bill of music, stories and humour.

In the first half of the performance, Tim performs The Unhappy King, a strange fable where the hunt for happiness turns a nation upside down. Audiences are taken to a disturbing and hilarious world of miserable kings, tortured jesters and the search for the happiest man alive.  The story is told using masks, puppetry, shadows, music and, we have been led to believe, vacuum cleaners and pitchforks! The second half showcases Tim’s soulful voice, funky accordion and comic tendencies as he plays a selection of his own songs and those created from the poems of Louis MacNeice, Sean O’Brien and Julia Darling.

Earlier in the day Tim will be conducting a workshop with students at St John’s Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre in Bishop Auckland as part of their Whole Life Learning Day.  In the afternoon he will be working with the children at Hamsterley Primary School.  We are confident he will have plenty of energy left for his evening show in the Village Hall when we look forward to bringing everyone together!  The atmosphere will be informal so if you wish, please bring your own drinks.


Highlights is a community touring scheme and one of 41 similar schemes around the country. Highlights provides village halls and community venues with professional touring theatre, dance, puppetry, storytelling, music and comedy. It also provides training and support to its mostly voluntary promoters and offers workshops, residencies and exhibitions. The scheme currently supports promoters in 22 community venues across Northumberland and a further 50+ venues across Cumbria, and parts of Durham. Highlights is supported and developed in association with The Northumberland Strategic Arts Forum, Arts Council England North East and Northumberland County Council as well as other partners and arts providers.

More information at www.highlightsnorth.co.uk or contact 01768 353954.

Tim Dalling

Heaton based Tim Dalling has been entertaining audiences for over 25 years as a musician, clown and actor. His main rôle for the last decade has been the kilted fall-guy in the internationally renowned comedy-folk trio The Old Rope String Band and latterly the New Rope String Band. His work has encompassed performance, projects and education work. He has appeared at venues and festivals in the North East as well as touring extensively throughout the UK and Europe. In recent years Tim has been composing a body of serious songs that encompass a whole range of other emotions. Inspired by the suggestion of a friend, he started turning the moving and lyrical poems of Louis MacNeice into songs. This led to more lyrics and songs of his own, and a commission to turn poems by Sean O’Brien into songs for a Radio 3 play, The Black Path. Tim’s collaboration with Julia Darling provided the music for The Waiting Room, an Afternoon Play broadcast by Radio 4 in January 2007.

More information at www.timdalling.co.uk

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