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Preview: Meggie Magicia on tour

 Heart-warming family show Meggie Magicia, by North East playwright Wendy Errington, on first regional tour.

Tuesday 25 October 2022 – Gosforth Civic Theatre – 10.30am & 1.30pm

Wednesday 26 October 2022– Gala Durham – 11am & BSL Interpreted Performance 2pm

Thursday 27 October 2022– Alnwick Playhouse - 1pm & 4pm

Friday 28 October 2022– Alnwick Playhouse – 10.30am & 1pm

Sunday 30 October 2022– The Customs House, South Shields – 2pm

Saturday 5 November 2022– Queen’s Hall, Hexham – 2pm

Sunday 6 November 2022- Saltburn Community Theatre – 2pm

Meggie Magicia is a playful show for 5-8 yr. olds and their families or school. It’s about a girl, magic tricks, and a penguin – what could possibly go wrong?

Following a sell-out run at Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle in Autumn 2021, Meggie Magicia comes to theatres around the North East, from October 25 to November 6 this year. One performance will be BSL interpreted by Jenna Johnson, at Gala Durham. It will also tour to three North East primary schools for free – it’s important that it can be enjoyed by some children who wouldn’t normally get to the theatre.

About the show: Meggie is newly moved to the seaside to live with her Gran, separated from her Dad who is working away. Meggie is desperate to fit in and impress the school bully, plus make her magician Dad proud. So, she sets about practising a spectacular magic trick, for the annual Lifeboat Festival’s talent show that day, with the aid of her toy penguin, but time is ticking away. Will she succeed?

Wendy Errington is a North East playwright who, over the past five years, has had plays performed at Alphabetti Theatre, Live Theatre, Theatre Space NE, and ARC Stockton Arts Centre. She has also had plays produced by Coracle Productions and Workie Ticket Theatre

Company. This is Wendy’s debut family show. Under the banner of Pen Gwyn Productions, she is also Producer. She is proud to say that the cast and team are from the North East and that the JJ Williams Fund is the generous benefactor of the show.

The production is directed by Natasha Haws, who has many years’ experience of theatre for young people. Among many other roles, she is Associate Director at The Customs House Pantomime. Charlotte Ryder, who performed in Northern Stage’s tour adaptation of War of

the Worlds, as well as numerous other NE productions, will reprise the role of Meggie Magicia.

Ziad Jabero is the Musical Director and is composing extra music for the show this year, while Claire Tustin wrote the song “Alakabam”. They both have composed songs for Christmas shows at The Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster. This year the show will have some new team members: Lee Ward of Hollow Productions is designing a new set; John Rainsforth, an esteemed Lighting Designer, is on board; and Becky Glendenning is Tour Stage Manager.

Young magician, Michael Grist, is Magic Consultant for the show, and he will be doing magic demos after the show, at weekday venues. And there’ll be free colouring-in penguin sheets and stickers. Finally, exciting news, there is going to be a picture book version of the show. It will be sold alongside the tour in foyers, and online. Proceeds this year from book sales to Children North East. South Shields MA Illustration student Lauren Osborne, is illustrating the book, while Fingermouse Books is the publishing services behind the book.

Photos: Matt Jamie

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Cast and Creatives:

Writer/Producer: Wendy Errington

Director: Natasha Haws

Performer: Charlotte Ryder

Lighting Designer: John Rainsforth

Production Designer: Lee Ward

Musical Director: Ziad Jabero

Songwriter: Claire Tustin

Voiceover: Steve Byron

Magic Consultant: Michael Grist

BSL Interpreter: Jenna Johnson

Stage Manager: Becky Glendenning

Assistant Stage Manager: Matt Jamie

Photographer/Videographer: Matt Jamie Photography

Web Designer: Von Fox Promotions

Graphic Designer: Aimee J Design

PR & Social Media: Lucy Curry

Dramaturgy: Karen Traynor & Ali Pritchard

Illustrator: Lauren Osborne

Editor & Typesetter: Fingermouse Books

Producing Mentor: Carole Wears

Creative Consultant: Caroline Pearce

Producer: Pen Gwyn Productions

Funded by: JJ Williams Fund

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