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Tale of King Arthur played out in Sunderland park

Members of Theatre Space Northeast getting ready for their performance of King Arthur in Sunderland's Mowbray Park.

Members of Theatre Space Northeast getting ready for their performance of King Arthur in Sunderland's Mowbray Park.

FOLLOW King Arthur and his knights as they gallop their way around Mowbray Park.

Coconut shells in hand, the cast of King Arthur’s Adventures will be acting out a comic take on the legend at the park’s landmarks.

The play is being staged by Theatre Space North East as part of its drive to bring theatre to parks across the city.

It follows on from the group’s successful run of Macbeth at Roker Park last month, which attracted scores of audience members.

Artistic director Corinne Kilvington said: “Rehearsals have been going really well, it’s different to our usual style as it’s a lot more silly with more giggles.

“It’s a cross between Monty Python and pantomime with things like pretend horses’ hooves, which is a first for us.

“It’s also a first for us to be performing in Mowbray Park. We’ve just finished dress rehearsals and we had about 20 people watching, so it’s already attracting families, which bodes well for our performances.”

The show starts tonight and will run until Saturday and will take place in all but the most extreme of weather conditions,

The company’s attention will then turn to rehearsals for Shakespeare’s As You Like It which it will be performing in Barnes Park from August 21 to 23.

Theatre Space North East, which this year won the Wow 24/7 Excellence Award for Performance of the Year for its production of Tempest, is hoping to attract 1,000 audience members in total for the three summer plays.

Corinne added: “The pieces are focused on bringing together an audience from all areas and backgrounds in Sunderland to experience their shared public spaces in a new and imaginative way. We aim to generate a positive engagement and feeling about the city and the arts within it.”

Audience members for King Arthur’s Adventures are asked to meet at the bandstand or Museum and Winter Gardens park entrance from 6.30pm. The show starts at 7pm each night. The performance is free, but the company suggests a donation of £7 or whatever can be afforded to help cover costs.

 

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