Drama group seeks a crowd to fund show
By Rachel Conner – Senior Reporter
YOUTH drama group is turning to the internet to try and raise funds for a production inspired by Teesdale folklore.
Tees Tales, led by Kando Youth Theatre , is based on old stories from the dale and will be performed at St Mary’s Parish Hall in Barnard Castle early next month.
But the theatre company still needs to raise £1500 for costumes, props and lighting and sound.
It is using the crowd funding site Kickstarter.com to gather support for the project. The system works by people pledging to fund the project, but money is only taken if they reach their target within 30 days.
Kando’s Artistic Director Kelvin Moore said, “Over the last few months we have been working hard adapting local tales, developing characters improvising scenarios for the performance. There has also been a great deal of hands on work making puppets, masks and scenery. Everyone is committed to producing an exciting performance piece. We have already raised 50 per cent of the money needed to bring the project to performance, thanks to support from the Heart of Teesdale and the Castle Players. Mr Moore said readers have the opportunity to be part of a truly unique theatrical experience. He said, “Your contributions will help make all the hard work worth while. With your support we can reward the young people taking part with good quality costumes and professional lighting and sound.
The Tees Tales are based on ‘Fireside Tales from the Dales’, a series of quirky, strange and supernatural stories which appeared in the Teesdale Mercury in the 1800 / 1900’s. The project combines life size puppets, mask and shadow theatre to dramatise and retell the stories. ‘Peg Powler’ the infamous witch of the River Tees who has green skin long hair and sharp teeth is a central character in the performance.
The project has involved 25 young people aged between 11 and 14 who have been taking part in workshops at the Hub since the summer holidays. It will culminate in two performances in early December.