Richmond based North Country Theatre is planning another large scale community play for 2013 and are looking for performers of all ages to take part.
their two previous community play projects, The Passion Plays in 2002 and Last Dance of a Dalesman in 2005.
Now they are hoping to create Bartle- A Per Gynt for the Dales to be performed open air across the district next summer.
Thanks to support from the RDPE (Rural Development Programme England) and European Leader Fund the company is able to begin the process this year with a series of meetings and workshops to explore Swaledale and Wensleydale folklore and looking for other material for the play.
There are plans to make a connection with Richmond’s twin town Vinstra in Norway which is the original home of the Per Gynt legend.
“We want to recruit about 40 local people from all over the district who will work with professional actors and production team. Our starting point will be two wonderful pieces of upper dales folklore the dialect poem Reeth Bartle Fair and The Burning of Bartle ceremony at West Witton” said People are invited to evening meetings at Reeth Memorial Hall on Thursday June 28, Wensley Village Hall Tuesday, July 3 , Richmond Catholic Church Hall on Wednesday, July 4 and Hunton Village Hall on Thursday, July 5.
For information call 01748 825288.