Tyne is right for Hebburn star’s new role

INSPIRING PLAY ... Victoria Elliot above, with Paul Dodds in Tyne at Live Theatre.
INSPIRING PLAY ... Victoria Elliot above, with Paul Dodds in Tyne at Live Theatre.

ACTRESS Victoria Elliott is delighted to be playing another South Tyneside character.

The thespian became a familiar face on television last year, after being cast as Denise in BBC2 sitcom Hebburn, written by local lad Jason Cook.

Victoria Elliott

Victoria Elliott

Her character was the best mate of Vicky, the sister of main character, Jack, played by South Shields comic Chris Ramsey, and love interest of Cook’s character Ramsey.

Now Victoria, from Westerhope, Newcastle, is appearing on stage as South Tyneside lass Kate, in Tyne, a play about the history, atmosphere and soul of the river.

The play dramatises extracts from Port of Tyne writer in residence Michael Chaplin’s book, Tyne View, and weaves them together with stories from famous North East writers, including the late Alan Plater, from Jarrow.

Read our review of Tyne by following this link.

Victoria is thrilled with how the play, which opened at the end of June, is going so far.

She said: “The feedback has been absolutely brilliant. It is such a great piece to be involved in.

“I’ve learned a lot about the Tyne by being in the play. It is something I think we take for granted, being so close to it.

“But there is so much history in and around the Tyne it’s staggering. I don’t think Denise from Hebburn would really be interested, she’s not the cultural type!”

Victoria is no stranger to the borough, having appeared in the pantomime at the Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields, in 2006 and 2007.

In Tyne, she plays the daughter of Ralph, played by South Shields actor George Irving.

Tyne runs until July 20. Tickets start at £5. To book, visit www.live.org.uk or call 232 1232.

Twitter: @shieldsgazette