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Preview: DieHard Gateshead
Newcastle Alphabetti Theatre - Tuesday 14th July 2015
Washington Arts Centre - Wednesday 15th July 2015
Gateshead Caedmon Hall - Thursday 16th July 2015
There’s enough drama at the Women’s Group and some people are losing the plot. If Noel Edmonds and Bruce Willis can’t help, who can?
A women's group is closing and Leslie, the leader, is under pressure. She wants to tell them but things keep getting in the way. Time is running out. If Geordie Bruce Willis can’t help, and Noel Edmonds is no good either, who will save the day?
Based on the real-life story of a Tyneside women’s group, Ruth Raynor’s new play DieHard Gatesheadis about finding light through the rubble and the mess. It’s about avoiding promises of a better life that actually makes things worse. It’s about searching for moments of laughter and understanding in the noise and confusion. It’s about women’s lives in an age of austerity…
Ruth Raynor uses drama to understand womens lives in the context of austerity. She is a PhD student in the Geography Department at The University of Durham and she has previously worked in theatre and arts management as a designer, writer and facilitator, and translates this experience into her research.
Directed by Neil Armstrong who Neil is an award winning actor, writer and director from Seaham Harbour. He has directed for companies such as Cloud Nine Theatre, The Customs House South Shields, and his own company Theatre of Moths. His plays have been performed across the region and include Remember Jim, The Dark Side of the Half Moonand Nefairyus. As an actor he has appeared in all of the regions theatres and his TV credits include George Gently (BBC), Vera (ITV) and, Wolfblood (CBBC) among others. This year Neil is also co-writing, directing and starring as the Baddie in Durham’s Gala Theatre’s pantomime, Cinderella.
This show is produced by Christina Berriman Dawson who has appeared in George Gently, Electricity and The Magdalene Sisters as well as appearing in many theatre productions across the region. She will be appearing in Key Change (Open Clasp) at Summerhall with Northern Stage at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Christina also runs Stage Tynemouth which provides Performing Arts training for young people aged 5-18.
DieHard Gateshead features a cast of five of the region’s leading actresses: