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Time to face your fear.

FAMILIES can come face-to-face with the "bogeyman of the Tees" thanks to a new play at Preston Park.

Taken, penned by local writer David Napthine, explores the mythology of the Tees and draws on stories of the mystical Peg Powler who lives in the river.

But the play, staged by Stockton Council and CTC Theatre for youngsters, is also promoting a safety message. A mysterious and monstrous figure, Peg has long been used in folklore to warn children of the dangers of playing too close to water.

CTC's creative producer, Miranda Thain, said: "The stories of Peg Powler and the world she lives in are great material for young imaginations, but the play also has some serious messages for our audiences about how we learn to judge risk and how fear can help to keep us safe."

More than 2,000 primary schoolchildren will see the open-air performance this Saturday and on June 21 at 6pm in Preston Park, Eaglescliffe. They can also take part in activities at Preston Hall Museum, all geared to understanding local myths and the lessons they teach.

Councillor Mary Womphrey, Stockton Council's Cabinet member for arts leisure and culture, said: "This play will be a magical experience for youngsters showing them they can have great fun in and around the river while staying safe at the same time."

Tickets are available from Preston Hall Museum, costing pounds 6 and pounds 4 for concessions, by calling 01642 527375.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 12, 2008
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