Heartwarming tale of young girl and her grandad coming to South Shields theatre

Simeon Truby as Grandad and Eliza Dobson as Poppy in Grow Up Grandad.

Simeon Truby as Grandad and Eliza Dobson as Poppy in Grow Up Grandad.

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A heart-warming play about the relationship between a young girl and her grandad is coming to a South Shields theatre.

Grow Up Grandad, by award-winning North East playwright Gordon Steel, is coming to the Customs House from Friday to Sunday.

The play, from Steelworks Theatre Company, premiered at ARC Stockton last autumn and wowed audiences with the moving, yet funny story.

Customs House executive director, Ray Spencer, said: “Gordon is a gifted writer who just knows how to convey the whole spectrum of human emotions.

“I can’t wait to see Grow Up Grandad this weekend, it has been receiving standing ovations and people everywhere have been raving about it. It’s your last chance to see it – don’t miss it.”

Grow Up Grandad is an intergenerational story which deals with love and loss, hope and sadness, and the bonds that, in the end, keep family together when all hell breaks loose.

Eliza Dobson as Poppy in Grow Up Grandad.

Eliza Dobson as Poppy in Grow Up Grandad.

Troubled teen Poppy and her grumpy grandad are both forced to live together when trouble arises in their family. The pair clash initially, but slowly learn to appreciate each other’s differences before some shocking truths are revealed.

In addition to an extended tour across the whole of the north from Cumbria to Greater Manchester and Yorkshire, the script has been published by renowned London-based music and theatre publishing company, Josef Weinberger.

Gordon said: “It’s always rewarding when your plays get published as it allows a worldwide audience to have access to your work. I have people still performing and studying plays that I wrote over 20 years ago.

“I was in a school recently and the students there had copies of one of my plays and that is always pleasing to know that they are still enjoying and getting so much pleasure from it. I hope that happens with Grow Up Grandad.”

Simeon Truby as Grandad and Eliza Dobson as Poppy in Grow Up Grandad.

Simeon Truby as Grandad and Eliza Dobson as Poppy in Grow Up Grandad.

Gordon, who lives in Eaglescliffe, Teesside, has mentored hundreds of the region’s aspiring actors whilst at Stockton Youth Theatre with many now familiar faces including Jill Halfpenny, Daniel Casey, Mark Benton and Simeon Truby, who is returning to star in the play once again as the cantankerous grandad.

Tickets for Grow Up Grandad cost £15 with a £13 concession. To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 0191 454 1234.