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Celebrated local writers Lisette Auton and Becci Sharrock return with yet another brilliant, Northern-based piece of work which has themes of kindness and nature at its core. Their newly adapted version of the classic tale of The Secret Garden is set within the more familiar local landscape of Northumberland. Commissioned by Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, the tale is on tour at venues across the region, starting at Hexham Book Festival on Sunday 12th June.

When the character of Lennox is sent away to Northumberland and excluded from school, she finds herself lost and alone. Maybe she can find herself amongst the mysteries of a secret garden that no one else knows? The production includes a range of brand new folk songs, bringing to life the magic of this story once again, with themes of friendship, spirit and personal growth shared in a warm, familyfriendly performance which has much to teach us all about the magic of nature.

Young actors Michael Blair, Sarah Boulter, Ellen Carnazza, Wambui Hardcastle, Zoe Lambert, Shreya Patel and Lauren Waine will between them share the roles of the five main characters, with the driving force of the production aiming to be inclusive and remove access barriers which prevent disabled artists from engaging, making for a forward-thinking piece of theatre.

The Secret Garden is performed at Hexham Book Festival on Sunday 12th, Arts Centre Washington on Thursday 16th; Gosforth Civic Theatre on Saturday 18th; Fishburn Youth & Community Centre in Stockton on Sunday 19th; Gala Theatre in Durham on Saturday 25th June.

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