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Preview: The Cinder Path at South Shields Customs House

World Premiere of Cookson Classic

The Cinder Path
South Shields Customs House
Wednesday 9thto Saturday 12th September 2015.

A top South Tyneside theatre producer will be celebrating his tenth anniversary by presenting the world premiere of Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path.

The show is the first book of the late author’s to be adapted for the stage in over 20 years and was only granted after months of negotiations with the Cookson Estate.

Gareth Hunter, 35, director of ION Productions said “The process was long and detailed but ultimately the success and critical acclaim of our production of The Fifteen Streets last year convinced them to allow us the exclusive rights.

The Cinder Path is a fantastic drama which spans the years and follows the life of Charlie Macfell, a man in search of himself but being driven by outside forces, which will carry the audiences from rural Northumberland to the horror of the trenches in World War One.”

Dame Catherine Cookson was, at her prime, the UK’s most widely read novelist with sales exceeding 100 million, and remained the most borrowed author from public libraries for 17 years, losing the title only in 2002, 4 years after her death.

She remains popular all over the world, with generations of readers enjoying her work. Gareth added: “Since posting our promotional photos on Facebook I have had messages from people around the UK, as well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, asking if the show will be touring near them in the future.”

The production will feature some established North East actors such as Jamie Brown (Hadaway Harry, Death at Dawn), James Hedley (Geordie the Musical, Byker Grove) and Paul Dunn (I Left My Heart in Roker Park), who has also adapted the book for the stage. It also sees new faces with Georgina Nicholson, Rosie Fox and Anna Nicholson returning to the area.

The Cinder Path runs from Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th September 2015 at the Customs House with matinees on the 10thand 12th. For tickets contact The Customs House on 0191 4541234 or visit

Promo photography by George Knox (weblink)

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