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A tour of bite-sized theatre is set to take place across various South Tyneside venues this month, as the award-winning arts initiative The Cultural Spring has commissioned four short pieces of theatre to tour small community venues in South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn.

With the aim of bringing good quality, short shows to local communities and giving people of all ages some top quality entertainment as well as something different in their own neighbourhood, this is just what theatre should be about. With four shows touring five venues, the performances will be timed around lunch or tea time to make it even easier for people to attend.

The four shows are: Wee Red and Her Wolf, a tale inspired by Little Red Riding Hood from author Laura Lindow; Best in the World, a hilarious story of personal achievement told through the world of darts; The Annual (Inaugural) Walter Plinge Memorial Lecture, in which writer Eric MacLennan explores true – and not-so-true – stories from South Tyneside, and Becoming Scheherazade, a play incorporating some of the 1001 stories of the Arabian Nights with the real story of Arab immigration to Europe.

Wee Red and Her Wolf will be touring the borough from Saturday 25th February and venues will include Whitburn Parish Hall; the Scout Hut in Highfield Road; South Shields; Jarrow Hall and The Customs House. The show will start at 12 noon at each of the venues, and soup and sandwiches will be served after the 45-minute performance, a modern-take on the Red Riding Hood legend which is aimed at children aged seven or older.

Best in the World will be performed by Newcastle-based Unfolding Theatre during the week starting Monday 12th March. The one-man show, exploring what it means to be the best in the world, and one man’s journey through the world of darts, will tour venues including South Shields Football Club ground; Whitburn and Marsden Social Club; The Customs House and The Red Hackle pub. The show recently completed a successful tour across the UK.

Eric MacLennan’s show, a comic telling of the story of South Shields, will tour during the week starting Monday 16th April at venues including Hebburn Library, Jarrow Hall and Age Concern South Tyneside in South Shields.

Becoming Scheherazade was performed at last year’s Edinburgh Festival by Kamaal Hussain to excellent reviews and weaves the story of Sinbad the Sailor into his own family’s migration from Iraq to the UK andwill be performed in The Customs House, South Shields Football Club, Jarrow Hall and another, yet-to-be-confirmed venue during the week of Thursday 22nd March to Wednesday 28th March.

All four shows are very, very different, each offering up a unique experience, but each will serve to fascinate and entertain.

Bite-Sized Theatre is at various South Tyneside venues from Saturday 25th February, and more information can be found here.

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