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I really like hot dogs. I know I shouldn’t, they’re probably full of scrotums and eyelids, but they’re one of my go-to comfort foods. Top marks then, from theatre promoter Carole Wears, who offers up a wiener-themed production at Gosforth Civic Theatre on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th October, complete with sausagey samples.

Nathan And Ida’s Hot Dog Stand is a heart-warming and hilarious two-hander created by comedy collaborators Ida Berg Berglöw Kenneway and Nathan Peter Grassi. Inspired by the true story of the founders of Nathan’s Famous hot dog restaurants, it’s a tale of the American dream come good, told with panache, warmth, humour and a puppet or two.

“The show is an homage to the thirties,” explains Ida, “when European emigrants headed to New York to carve out a new life for themselves.” Nathan adds, “We’re capturing the spirit of the vaudeville era: telling a comic, and at times touching, story of adventure, determination and romance, using lots of different performance styles.”

Audiences can try out Nathan and Ida’s secret hot dog sauces for themselves as the theatre will serve up dogs and buns before the show. The question I want answered is: grilled or boiled?!

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