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Byline: By Gordon Barr

A Monster of a show arrives on Tyneside tomorrow. Showbusiness Reporter, Gordon Barr, has the details

A show fit for royalty comes to Tyneside tomorrow.

Internationally-acclaimed children's theatre company Monster Productions bring their latest show for under sevens, Hogwash, to the Buddle Arts Centre, in Wallsend.

It's the latest offering from the team which brought audiences The Terrible Grump, Trouble Under Foot, Why Do Bees Buzz?, Weather Kitchen and Feast.

Hogwash promises to be an improbable tale of people, pests, pets and pigs, packed with songs and participation for the under sevens ( and their parents.

The king is bored and the search is on for the new ruler. Flora, Nora and Dora are three sisters who own three pigs, Grunt, Oink and Squeal. Can the sisters use the pigs to entertain the king and so win the throne?

Flora loves to cook, so she plans to make the pigs into sausages and prepare a feast for the king.

Nora is a sports fanatic and she plans to sell the pigs to Mr Gristle, the butcher, and with the money buy sports equipment for the king.

Dora loves the pigs. Can the pigs help Dora win the competition and so escape the butcher and the sausage machine?

Hogwash promises all the elements that have become Monster's hallmarks, captivating storytelling, wonderful, comic visuals, catchy songs and loads of fun participation.

The show features two North East newcomers. Gemma Megwai is from South Shields and her face will be familiar to many people as the Geordie in a recent E-bay commercial.

Gemma Linighan is from a Hartlepool family of professional footballers and fittingly plays the sports fanatic. Her older brother Andy, suffering from a broken nose and finger at the time, scored the winning goal for Arsenal in the 1993 Cup Final.

The cast is completed by Monster regulars Pete Ross, North Shields, Jenny Stephenson, of Leytonstone and Ralph Wadley, of Bedford. Music is played by the composer, Ieuan Goch ab Einion, with some help from Pete Ross and the rest of the cast. Hogwash is at the Buddle, in Wallsend, from tomorrow until April 30, with shows starting at 10.30am and 1.30pm (11am and 2pm Saturdays).

NTickets are pounds 4.75 for children and pounds 7.50 for adults, with family discounts available. For more information ring (0191) 252 3505.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 18, 2005
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