Northumberland Theatre Company back on scene with ‘Scottish Play’

Posted on 23rd August 2022 | in What's On

After Storm Arwen severely damaged their Dovecote Centre building, the Amble based Northumberland Theatre Company are back on the scene with a new female led production of Macbeth.

The Northumberland Theatre Company (NTC) based in Amble’s Dovecote Centre is a self-funding professional small-scale touring theatre company which has firmly established itself as a part of the community. It takes high quality theatre productions to local venues in rural communities engaging people who perhaps wouldn’t normally travel many miles to get to a big city or town to watch a performance.

However, a celebration closer to home is on the cards as the Dovecote Centre opens its doors to the public for the first time since last November’s storms

The Dovecote reopens on 1st September with William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. NTC have received Arts Council funding and the show will tour more than 15 venues from the Scottish Borders to Yorkshire with the majority being in rural Northumberland.

Adapted by writer and director Chris Connaughton and produced by NTC Artistic Director Louis Roberts, this will be a streamlined and very physical version of the original piece and performed in NTC’s unique, fast paced and extremely physical style. The show will feature original music and will largely be told from the perspective of the witches. Exploring ideas of manipulation through the media and other external forces, the show will include all the grim, gory, and grisly elements that everyone loves and expects from the tale of Macbeth.

Artistic Director Louis Roberts is looking forward to getting the Dovecote Centre open again and touring with the production.

“Uniquely, this version is predominantly female led. We have the wonderful Alice Byrne as Director with Assistant Director: Eilidh Talman, Movement Director: Katie Tranter, costumes by Amy Jones and music by Lucy Desbrow. Then of course we have the very talented cast of Claire Morley, Gillian Hambleton, and Melanie Dagg.

“It’s a great production to get us back on the road as it’s a well-known Shakespearian play (which I won’t mention out loud) and I hope it will bring us good luck as we’ve had more than our fair share of “Double, Double, Toil and Trouble.”

To coincide with the reopening, the company are looking for new trustees. Anyone wishing to find out more about being a trustee can contact Louis via the website

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One thought on "Northumberland Theatre Company back on scene with ‘Scottish Play’"

  1. Amy McQueen says:

    McBeth production – are you coming to Glasgow or amy Lanarkshire areas in Scotland. My daughter studying McBeth as part of her English studies at school & would love to take her to a live performance

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