A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham

The Village HallBy Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood. An irreverent romp through North East history to celebrate the arrival of a big important dusty book.
Hamsterley Village Hall. Wednesday, 10th July, 7.30pm.

Tickets £7 adult, and £5 children, available from Jaquie on 01388 488323.

Durham’s Gala Theatre has teamed up with Visit County Durham to create this humorous dash through the most significant moments in the last 1,400 years of North East history. All in just under two hours.

This irreverent romp through the region’s past takes in everything from the Vikings and some half-hearted pillaging, to the creation of Durham Cathedral, a rather ghostly St Cuthbert, and even the Battle of Hastings.

Written by Tyneside writers Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, best known for their regional, national and international hit comedies Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather, Dirty Dusting and Amazing Grace, this is an hilarious and eccentric look at our shared history.

The play is directed by Gareth Tudor Price, former Artistic Director of Hull Truck Theatre Company, and best known for his work on classic stage comedies, Bouncers, Up N Under and Cooking With Elvis.

With 390 cows, a load of monks, some half-hearted pillaging, a number of questionable miracles and a big important dusty book, this fast moving play has just three actors playing 39 different characters, including a hoard of Vikings and a dancing book. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham is possibly the most efficient and hilarious way to catch up on 1,400 years of local history!

Don’t trail up to Durham or down to Darlington, but be part of this year’s Lindisfarne Gospels excitement by coming to see this entertaining show here on your doorstep.

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