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A project borne out of a love for folk music and traditional tales makes its way to The Cumberland Arms on Thursday 5th March, presenting a dramatic production fusing contemporary storytelling, poetry, music and dance.

Written by York-based playwright Hannah Davies, Kitty Bridges’ Pocket Book Of Tunes was inspired by a poem and music found in a small pocket book from 1745. The play follows Kitty on a journey from her beloved Yorkshire, as she encounters scoundrels, rogues and vagabonds in ballrooms, gin-sodden back streets and on the open road. Tackling themes of freedom, greed and ownership, and wrapping them up in lively mix of English folk history, musical set pieces and simple dances (in which the audience will be encouraged to join in) played by musicians from folk band Over The Yardarm.

It’s also fitting that the show will be performed at the Cumberland Arms, one of the area’s most loved folkie havens.

Kitty Bridges’ Pocket Book of Tunes is performed at The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle on Thursday 5th March.

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