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Heritage and humour combined at museum

GOSPEL TRUTH ... the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson and Patricia Ridley, congratulate playwright Ed Waugh on his new show.

GOSPEL TRUTH ... the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson and Patricia Ridley, congratulate playwright Ed Waugh on his new show.

A PLAY penned by a South Tyneside writer attracted a sellout crowd to the borough’s newest tourist attraction.

Fans packed out the new amphitheatre at Bede’s World in Jarrow on Friday to see Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood’s latest production, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to Durham.

The sketch-based play – written to tie in with the Lindisfarne Gospels going on display at Durham Cathedral – crams 1,400 years of English history into one show.

The performance, the first staged at the amphitheatre, was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson and Patricia Ridley.

Mr Waugh, of South Shields, said: “The response we’ve received to the new play has been fantastic, with people flocking to venues to watch sellout shows.

“This proves, contrary to what some might think, that ordinary folk like to attend the theatre to watch good productions and have a great time.

“As a local writer, it’s always an honour staging work in the borough and a particular privilege to be the first play to be staged at the new amphitheatre at Bede’s World.

“The level of success the project has received is testament to the audiences themselves as they are the people we write for.

“I’m always pleased to see the Mayor and Mayoress at our shows.”

The show was performed by three actors playing 40 characters.

Coun Gibson said: “We really admire the work of Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, especially the way they cleverly introduce heritage and humour into their plays.

“It’s wonderful for the borough to have such talented people creating pieces of work like A Funny Thing Happened On The way To Durham.”

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