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Houghton author’s ‘counting the days’ to stage premiere

LOCAL INPUT: Derek Lawson and Sheila Quigley at Zazz Dance and Performing Arts Academy in Newbottle Street, Houghton.

LOCAL INPUT: Derek Lawson and Sheila Quigley at Zazz Dance and Performing Arts Academy in Newbottle Street, Houghton.

A GRITTY crime novel by Wearside bestseller Sheila Quigley is now just weeks away from being brought to life on the stage.

The Echo reported earlier this year how the Houghton writer’s first book, Run for Home, is to be adapted as a play.

The thriller follows Detective Lorraine Hunt as she is asked to investigate a violent murder.

Actor Derek Lawson, who is also from Houghton and has written the script for the play, said final rehearsals are now under way for the production, which premieres on April 7 at Zazz Dance and Performing Arts Academy in Newbottle Street.

“I’d originally written it for TV, and although that might still happen one day, we’re delighted to be able to bring it to the stage,” said Derek, who has had roles in Coronation Street and BBC3 drama Drop Dead Gorgeous.

“Things are coming along nicely and we’ve got a cast with a few local actors, some from Houghton, Durham and Hartlepool involved.

“Some of the actors are Mancunians, but I’m going through their accents with them so they’ll hopefully be just right by opening night.” Author Sheila, who has been involved with the adaptation of her book from the early stages, says she is counting down the days until the play is performed.

“I’ve been to a few readings and the cast are all fantastic,” said Sheila.

“Derek’s done a great job with the script and I’m really, really looking forward to opening night. I’m giddy.”

Tickets for the play are on sale priced £12.50 for adults, and £10 concessions for the performances from Tuesday, April 8, to Friday, April 11.

Firms or individuals hoping to help out with sponsorship of Run for Home should call Derek on 075844 94328.

 

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