Hand Over

19th September 2012 was the final steering panel meeting held in the place where the story began, The Bonny Moorhen in Stanhope. The Drama in the Dale story began at the Station House Frosterley almost a year ago. In a way this is a sad parting of ways for some but it is also the start of something new. DitD has been constituted as a Social Enterprise, a committee formed and officers appointed. The meeting tonight played host to both the old steering panel and the new committee. Some people were members of both but generally the committee is strong on local Dales folk and people who participated in the community play. Pictured below, the outgoing chair of the Steering Panel, James Percy hands over to the incoming chair of the Social Enterprise, Liz Gill. The story to be told in this account has concluded but the story of Drama in the Dale goes on. Visit www.dramadale.co.uk  


A Star Is Born

Well, adam started it! – His Hill End map locator stating it to be the home of that “famous dramadale actor” set us other ego centric thespians off. This little presentation features just 4 Bonny Moorhen participants: others could be added. See the full map here.

Look What We Made Ma!

On the final session of Digital Mapping the team produced what you see below. There was a great deal of excitement when we made these – so much so that we forgot to take pictures. Those of you who are smart phone enabled will recognise the hieroglyphics below as QR codes. These are scanned in to a smart phone and each one takes you to a different place on the Dramadale Digital Map.

Digital Cartographers

Through August a group has been meeting on Sundays at Wearhead School t develop the Drama In The Dale Digital Map. (see below). This work is ongoing as we have discovered many locations in Weardale and beyond that we can study and write about. The current map with the stories collected so far can be found here.

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(RE) – Union

Great to see so many of the gang at Cath and Jems wedding bash.

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Paddy At Stripehead


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A team of Drama in The Dale participants met at Wearhead School for a digital mapping workshop. Over the next few weeks a rich map of Weardale stories will emerge. Here is one from Paddy.

See all the map locations here.

The Bonny Moorhen on TV

Helen Skelton with members of the cast

Excerpts from our recent community play production, “The Bonny Moorhen”, were filmed by the BBC in The Unthank Theatre in Stanhope for a programme about local heritage and history.  Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton also interviewed members of the cast.

We have now had word from the producer about broadcast dates – please see details below:
A regional history documentary is scheduled to go out as follows:
“From Dale to Sea – A Great British Story” with Helen Skelton.
Tuesday June 12th, BBC One, 10:35pm
(It can be seen live outside of the North East & Cumbria on Sky Channel 975, Freesat Channel 956 and will also be available for the following seven days on the BBC iPlayer)
The programme also ties in with a network series which starts THIS COMING FRIDAY May 25th
“The Great British Story”, Friday 25th May, BBC Two, 9:00 pm

Please note that all schedules are subject to change.

National Award for Drama in the Dale

A wonderful photo taken by Helen Ward, showing our diverse cast of community members singing their hearts out in a rehearsal for the Drama in the Dale’s production of Jim Woodland’s “Bonny Moorhen” – has won the NATIONAL ADULT LEARNING PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION!

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It’s on show in the People’s Gallery in Leicester along with 5 other shortlisted photos images taken by Helen, Jamie Sproates and Steve Thompson. (see below)

Weardale I Found Your Lead

Yes here is some Weardale lead, I (Steve T) found these Napoleonic bullets in the Secret Museum in Vienna.

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Rave Review

A terrific review by Anita Atkinson appeared in the Weardale Gazette on April 11th. If, like me, you are not a Weardaler  you may not have seen this. Click here for PDF (or right click to download)

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