Westovians all set to perform hilarious history show

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham sees a cast of three take on multiple characters. Photo by Beth Haynes.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham sees a cast of three take on multiple characters. Photo by Beth Haynes.

This weekend is the last chance for theatre fans to see the latest local theatre group show which is taking the audience on a hilarious journey through time.

The Westovian Theatre Society is performing comedy ‘A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Durham’ tonight and tomorrow, based around the story of the Lindisfarne Gospels.

The Westovian Theatre Society present their new show A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham. Photo by Beth Haynes.

The Westovian Theatre Society present their new show A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham. Photo by Beth Haynes.

The sketch-based play will be performed at the Pier Pavilion at 7.30pm each night, telling a tale that spans more than 1,000 years of English history in just 90 minutes.

It features around 40 characters played by just three actors, who encounter many famous historical figures, including five Kings of England, a Saint, several Vikings and Monks, a Leper, a Spin-Doctor, the Easter Bunny, and Sherlock Holmes along the way.

Written by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, the show directed by Jim Barton, stars David Foster, Hannah Potter and Declan Marshall.

Mr Waugh said it will be the second time the show has been performed, having wowed the crowds in Durham five years ago.

The comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham is sure to have the audience laughing. Photo by Beth Haynes.

The comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham is sure to have the audience laughing. Photo by Beth Haynes.

He said: “Trevor and I were initially commissioned to write the show as part of the celebration of the Lindisfarne Gospels coming to Durham.

“It is a dash through 1,400 years of North East history and is a bit like Horrible Histories meets Blackadder and Monty Python thrown in.

“It is about the history of this area and the North East with lots of funny things in it.

“It is a series of sketches from the fall of the Roman Empire to modern day.”

The show takes the audience on a journey through time.  Phot by Beth Haynes.

The show takes the audience on a journey through time. Phot by Beth Haynes.

The Lindisfarne Gospels is an illuminated manuscript gospel book probably produced in the Middle Ages at the monastery at Lindisfarne, off the coast of Northumberland.

Mr Waugh added: “The show sold out when it was in Durham and a lot of people came up to us afterwards and said they learnt so much from it.

“A lot of it is about working class life.

“It offers people a great night at the theatre with the chance to learn things about the local area’s history.”

The cast of new show A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham. Photo by Beth Haynes.

The cast of new show A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham. Photo by Beth Haynes.

Tickets are £9 and are available from the Visitor Information Centre at The Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields, and from the Westovian Theatre Box Office by calling 0191 456 0980.
Alternatively book online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/westovians.