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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham TWO of the region's top writers have penned a play which is set to be one of the highlights of the Lindisfarne Gospels season.

Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood will bring their own unique comedic style to the story of the Lindisfarne Gospels and St Cuthbert.

The result will be a 90-minute romp through 1400 years of Northumbrian, Scottish and English history.

Largely sketch-based - think Black Adder and Monty Python - the fastpaced play will feature 39 characters including Vikings and Henry VIII, played by a cast of just three actors.

Commissioned by destination management agency Visit County Durham with production partner Gala Theatre Durham, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham will be the tenth professional theatrical collaboration by the writers.

Their previous hits have included Dirty Dusting, Waiting for Gateaux, and most recently Amazing Grace.

The man charged with bringing the script to the stage is director Gareth Tudor Price.

Gareth is former artistic director of Hull Truck Theatre Company and his credits include Bouncers and A Big Day for the Goldbergs.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham will make its world premiere at the Gala Theatre Durham on July 2 before embarking on a regional tour.

Tickets available now from Gala Theatre box office on 0191 332 4041 or book online at Artists take an enlightening journey RICHARD Walker Hardwick, writer-in-residence at Durham University and award-winning photographer Paul Alexander Knox will journey back to the 9th Century as they travel the route taken by the monks as they fled from Viking invaders.

In April they will visit the 47 places the community of St Cuthbert took refuge in and aided by students from Durham University, Hardwick, will write a history of each place from the time of the original journey until the current day.

Together, writer and photographer will record the landscape, describing it today and imagining how it would have been for the monks in the ninth century.

Richard Walker Hardwick said: "The North of England has a great history - from ancient Northumbria and early Christianity, from the Anglo-Scottish Wars and the Border Reivers, to industry and resources that helped fuel an empire.

"This project will link villages and towns to a vital moment in the country's history and help celebrate their people and history from the 9th century right up to 2013."

The whole project is being tracked on and in summer there will be an exhibition in Durham.

Jewels of the North - Festival of Flowers AUGUST 30 to September 4: The magnificent Durham Cathedral will provide the perfect setting for a fabulous festival of flowers and design delivered in partnership with the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS).

Jewels of the North will see a mass of flowers transform the interior of this beautiful Norman Cathedral.

Festival organisers have embraced the theme of the Lindisfarne Gospels and subsequent periods of creativity, and acclaimed designers Pauline Lund and Judith Clancy, will be working with members of flower clubs in the Northumberland and Durham Area of NAFAS, to fill the Cathedral with stunning arrangements on an unprecedented scale.

A song and dance INSPIRED by her own experiences, and that of the community of Lindisfarne when they travelled around the region after fleeing the Viking Invaders, internationally acclaimed choreographer Vivienne Wood has created a new piece, entitled Exile.

Exile will be performed by dancers who have worked with leading companies, DV8 and the National Ballet.

Venues include Durham Cathedral on August 17, Dance City, July 18 and St Mary's in Gateshead from August 6 to 16.

Teesdale-based InterOpera have commissioned Durham-born and nationally renowned composer Will Todd to write a new piece of music inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels as a prelude to the Cuthbert Oratorio being performed.

The performance of this opera will take place at Durham Cathedral with possible additional performances at Hexham Abbey. (September 28-29).

Events across the region Museums, heritage centres and communities from across Northumbria and the whole of the North-East have put together an impressive programme of events in celebration of the Gospels.

The Lindisfarne community and English Heritage at Holy Island have organised a whole host of Gospels related events and activities to showcase the important role the priory played in inspiring the creation of the precious manuscript.

Bede''s World and the Golden Age of Northumbria are inviting people to see collections and landscapes that date back to the time of the Gospels.

Through a thought-provoking exhibition, and accompanying series of talks, lectures and hands-on family workshops, visitors will not fail to be touched, personally and spiritually by the enduring cultural legacy of Northumbria''s Golden Age.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 20, 2013
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