This July, visitors to the National Trust’s Cragside in Rothbury will be able to enjoy a unique outdoor theatre experience with three exciting walking theatre performances.
On Thursday 23 July, The Walking Theatre Company, based in rural Argyll, will be performing three family friendly theatrical treats – all in the great outdoors.
The Walking Theatre Company specialises in interactive, outdoor performances for all ages – and literally aims take audiences on a journey.
Visitors will have the chance to join the actors on a spontaneous, interactive theatrical experience, with lots of fun and games and plenty of chances to get involved and play along throughout the performance.
Sadie Dixon-Spain, Artistic Director at The Walking Theatre Company enthused: “We’re currently on tour and very excited to be coming to the beautiful setting of Cragside to perform this summer.”
“Our work is highly interactive and takes our audience on an intrepid journey through the play, quite literally walking about as the action unfolds.”
This day of family friendly theatre will include a slightly spooky interactive performance of Witchy Walk, where the audience will be required to help protect the magical creatures at Cragside from a wicked witch catcher, as well as two performances of Wonderland Avenue, inviting the audience to take a walk into Wonderland and join in with the fun...
A take on “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, this madcap adventure gives a unique twist to the popular story by Lewis Carrol – which is celebrating an important anniversary this year.
Sadie explained: “With it being the 150th anniversary of Lewis Caroll's masterpiece 'Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland' we’re really excited to be bringing our performance of ‘Wonderland Avenue’ to Cragside.”
“Cragside lends itself to being a magical stage, which we know will do justice to our tribute to Wonderland.”
The Walking Theatre Company will be bringing their own interactive version of the story to Cragside. The Mad Hatter has lost his Dormouse, the Dormouse has lost the teapot and the White Rabbit has lost the plot!
The performance involves a treasure trail and plenty of family fun for all ages.
Two performances of Wonderland Avenue are due to take place on 23 July, one at 11am – 12pm and one at 3 – 4pm.
Visitors can also join the witch hunt and get help protect the magic creatures of Cragside with a performance of Witchy Walk at 1- 2pm.
Wizards and Witches have been spotted in the gardens at Cragside, and Nigel the ‘Wicked Witch Catcher’ is on a mission to hunt them down, and then chuck them out…
The audience are invited to join the fun and games, help foil Nigel’s plans and save the magic!
Ticket prices for all performances are only £2 for adults and £1 for children, and a special offer of £5 for a family ticket (including 2 adults and 2 children, with an extra £1 for any additional children.)
With plenty to do at Cragside, there are lots going on to keep visitors entertained throughout the rest of the day – and throughout the rest of the summer!
Family visitors can head up to the adventure play area at Crozier car park, near the top of the estate, where there is a new Barefoot Walk installation to try as well as a new area for Den building.
Families will also love exploring the Labyrinth and Trim trails, and if the rain clouds appear there’s always the Micro Monsters trail in the house to discover or the Young Engineer’s zone near the Visitor Centre to keep young ones entertained.
For more details, and a full list of events please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside