CUDDY & HIS MATES

CUDDY & HIS MATES

A new play inspired by the return of The Lindisfarne Gospels to Durham in 2013.

Written & Directed by Trevor MacFarlane, from an original idea by Julie Ward.

Co produced by MAD ALICE THEATRE COMPANY & JACK DRUM ARTS.

Commissioned by QUEEN'S HALL HEXHAM.

Original Music by Matt Seattle. Song Lyrics by Julie Ward. Designed by Donald Marshall.

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This new play for children (ages 7-12 years) and families explores the early lives of three of the ‘Northern Saints’ from a child’s perspective, uncovering the humanity behind the history.

Meet Cuthbert the country lad, Bede the bookish one, and Godric a daredevil who later became a pirate-adventurer.  The play tells of their childhood escapades before monastic life and how they ran their mothers ragged just like children do!

Cuthbert is always bringing home pet snakes and injured eaglets, Bede is obsessed with history and never stops asking questions, Godric loves dressing up and having mock sword-fights! Saints are remembered and revered because of their holiness but, like us, they were all young once.

This wonderful production includes an original sound score of Northumbrian pipe music.

Performance duration approx. 50 mins – no interval.

Curriculum Links: DRAMA, ENGLISH, MUSIC, RELIGION, HISTORY, PSHE, CITIZENSHIP.

Associated drama workshops also available.

Successfully toured the North East & Cumbria  for approx. 8 wks in summer/autmn 2014

For more information or to book a show Tel: 07880 792 597 / 01207 509 823 or email sshelley@talktalk.net

Photographs by JAMIE SPROATES

Comments from the Public

“I saw the play at Queens Hall Hexham, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The production combined several elements – sharp, pacey dialogue, great characterisation, beautiful and ingenious design, and evocative live music – to create a very enjoyable, witty but also meaningful interpretation of the St. Cuthbert story”

“So pleased I made the show especially tonight as I felt special to be in St Cuthbert’s Church and the play was lovely.  Good fun and good knowledge about the saints themselves”

“This is a fabulous moving piece, certainly helps to tell the tale”

“My children aged 8 and 10 loved this, thought it was “exciting and unusual”.  The closeness really added to the experience, thank you”

“A most enjoyable and informative performance. The set design was simple and delightfully appropriate, the music enthralling and the acting enchanting. As a child who’s never grown up, I loved it!”

“Very enjoyable. Brought the excitement of the gospels alive. Pupis were engaged and the props were great. Loved how the hall was set up so puplis could all see, and feel involved”

“Yes, pitched perfectly for age of the pupils. Year 1 pupils also loved it and remained engaged and attentive throughout”

“The children thoroughly enjoyed the play – some found it moving in places, they were very attentive, a good sign. The adults loved the performance very much indeed. The Lindisfarne Gospels were all represented, by the thoughtful play so well written of acted. Thanks to Shelley, Katie, Tom and Matt”

“I felt like I was in the story and I want to join in” (Year 1 pupil)

“Thank you – a fabulous way to inform us of our history and religions.  Beautiful and well done. It would be great to see more of this sort of work”

CUDDY HIS MATES TRAILER from MAD ALICE THEATRE COMPANY on Vimeo.

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