A WRITER better known for gritty North East dramas has turned his hand to children’s fiction for a new South Tyneside play.
Tom Kelly has written a string of hard-hitting plays, exploring hard times and people under pressure in his native Jarrow and elsewhere.
But the published poet has now turned his hand to the innocent world of childhood fantasy for his latest work for the stage, The Girl and the Unicorn, to be presented at the Customs House, South Shields, from February 18 to 20.
The play tells how a little girl called Sophia reads a story about a unicorn and believes every word.
Mr Kelly, whose last work for the stage was I Love Kent Walton, about a troubled South Tyneside wrestler, said: “Ray Spencer, the Customs House director, asked me some time ago to write a children’s play, and these past few months have been taken over with writing The Girl and the Unicorn.
“I have really enjoyed writing the play, and the songs with musician Ian Ravenscroft, and am now looking forward to seeing the show.
“It is something new for me, but very exciting.”
Mr Kelly, whose other stage works include an acclaimed production about the life of South Tyneside novelist Catherine Cookson, added: “Incidentally, the little girl’s name in the show is taken from our grand-daughter, Sophia.
“She has reintroduced me to the world of children’s TV and literature, and I’ve loved it.
“I hope children and parents will enjoy The Girl and the Unicorn.”
After each performance at the Customs House, children will get the chance to meet the show’s magical unicorn.
For ticket information, call the box office on 454 1234 or visit www.customshouse.co.uk.