Popular Sunderland play in line for award

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A POPULAR play which was a hit on stages across Wearside is in the running for an award.

Lydia’s House, which tells the true story of five Wearside women and their struggles against adversity, has been nominated in the Show of the Year category of the What’s On Where awards.

Washington-based actress and producer Christina Berriman Dawson was instrumental in getting the play staged and is “really excited” it has been nominated for honours.

She added: “It was quite a moving experience to be involved in that particular production because it was real women’s stories.”

At a Hendon workshop, women are given an opportunity to learn, train and gain access to the world of work.

The pioneering Doll’s House project is run by Lydia’s House, a social enterprise aiming to help women with problems such as alcoholism, depression, drug addiction or long-term unemployment.

Christina added: “This is a real project that helps women who maybe have various issues.”

She said one of her aims had been to give women a voice and to get more professionally produced performances in the area.

The play Lydia’s House went on a regional tour which took in the Customs House in South Shields, Washington Arts Centre and the Canny Space in Hendon.

“It had an amazing response,” said Christina. “This nomination will help to raise awareness.”

The play attracted numerous nominations for our awards. One said: “It is a really important play about social inclusion for women in Sunderland.”

The awards are held in association with our weekly entertainments guide, Wow 24/7, and aim to reward the elite in everything from restaurants to children’s venues, takeaways to parks and community areas, and hotels to the best shopping experience. We are off to a great start in our awards but we want more nominations.

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