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In the lead up to the general election, a new piece of immersive theatre from local theatre company, Cap-a-Pie, explores representation and places the audience in the leading roles of residents of a beleaguered town. The play is set in a fictional town – voted most picturesque four years running – but with the town’s prosperity owing much to the open cast iron ore mine, and with the current seam close to exhaustion, the future is uncertain for Little Rikjord. On the eve of a crucial hearing, the audience must come up with a plan to save their town.

In the development of The Town Meeting, Cap-a-Pie worked alongside Dr Paul Cowie, a researcher from Newcastle University, as part of Performing Research, a collaboration which brings together academics and theatre makers to create with each other and connect to audiences and communities.

Brad McCormick, Artistic Director at Cap-a-Pie, is enthusiastic about the show. “The Town Meeting is really exciting to perform as so much of the story depends on how the audience engage with the situation. I think it’s a great chance for audiences to come and play and explore without feeling self-conscious – no one is put on the spot.”

The Town Meeting tours the region, taking in Newcastle Northern Stage on Friday 10th and The Cheviot Centre, Wooler on Wednesday 29th April; Amble Development Trust on Wednesday 6th, Newbiggin Maritime Centre on Saturday 9th and Customs House, South Shields on Monday 18th May.

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