Reading news is all an act for Sunderland theatre group

Actress, Ruth Johnson and Writer, Susan Mulholland recording Shhh.... A Christmas story for Soundwaves publication.

Actress, Ruth Johnson and Writer, Susan Mulholland recording Shhh.... A Christmas story for Soundwaves publication.

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A THEATRE group is sprinkling some Christmas magic on a talking newspaper.

Soundwaves talking newspaper, based in Thorney Close, Sunderland, was visited by Nothern Stage actors who performed excerpts from their Christmas play for children.

Shhh...A Christmas Story is a tale about a young girl called Boo, played by actress Ruth Johnson, who goes on an adventure inside a magic library where books come to life.

The play, for children under six, has been written by Susan Mulholland of Northern Stage.

Susan, who is also deputy director of participation at Nothern Stage, said: “Northern Stage is passionate about developing further ties with the North East community and bringing theatre to a whole new audience.

“The talking newspaper is a wonderful idea, as it provides a practical way for people to enjoy the written word. This connection is ideal for us as Shhh...A Christmas Story has been inspired by words and books and the amazing world they create.”

Soundwaves has been providing a service to blind and partially-sighted people in the region for 35 years and recently cast its creative net further afield in a bid to offer listeners a wider selection of content.

Julie Donaldson, from Soundwaves, said: “We’re always on the lookout for ideas to bring our monthly magazine to life; with interesting stories, features and what’s on.

“We’re really excited to have Nothern Stage on board. This is something we think will be unique in the world of talking newspapers.”

The under sixes festive show runs on Stage two from November 19 until January 14. Tickets are priced £12/£9. To buy tickets call the Northern Stage box office on 230 5151 or visit the website at www.northernstage.co.uk.

* Soundwaves’ recordings of the Sunderland Echo are uploaded here every week. Click here to listen to the latest editions.

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