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Terrifying Tales from the Dales go on Stage

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Some of the most fascinating and terrifying tales to come out of Teesdale are to be acted out on stage by a  young acting troupe. Tees Tales led by Kando Youth Theatre, will be based on ‘Fireside Tales from the Dales’ a Teesdale Mercury publication in the 1970’s.

The 25 actors have held workshops and brainstorming sessions at the Hub, Barnard Castle during the summer holidays. Organisers Stephanie and Kelvin Moore said the children were particularly attracted to the supernatural element of the tales.       Initial ideas include a child having a dream about Peg Powler.  Peg is an old hag from English folklore with green skin, long hair and sharp teeth, who is said to inhabit the River Tees. She grabs the ankles of those who wander too close to the water’s edge, especially naughty children.

The theatre group has received some funding for the project from the Heart of Teesdale and the Castle Players.

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