After the spectacle comes the spectacular! Six large scale outdoor theatre performances of Blame it on Bartle! presented by North Country Theatre, the people of Swaledale, Wensleydale and Gudbrandsdalen [Norway] with live music, giant puppets, dancing and plenty of action and entertainment.
As the Tour de France cyclists pedal out of Richmondshire the stages will be put up for this amazing tale of trolls, trials and tribulation plus Wensleydale’s own version of the Wicker-man. Blame it on Bartle! starts at Richmond Castle on 10th & 11th July before moving up the dale to Grinton Lodge on 13th then across into Wensleydale with performances at Castle Bolton on 17th and Kiplin Hall on 19th and 20th.
Over 40 performers will create this spectacular theatrical event, with a live band, English and Norwegian folk dancing and mad cap chases across the crags. Watch as the giant Knitter of Fate’s tries to unravel the blame game that develops in the lead mining communities of the early 19th century, join in the fun and celebrations of Reeth Bartle Fair and discover what horrors lurk deep in the mines.
Written by Nobby Dimon this is the third Richmondshire Community developed by North Country Theatre and gives amateur performers a unique opportunity to work alongside professional actors and musicians under the direction of a professional director. Taking the idea of a Peer Gynt for the Dales, the company have linked up with Richmond’s twin town of Nord Fron Kommune in Norway [home to the Peer Gynt legend] and collaborated with Peer Gynt Teater to bring over seven young performers to be part of the production.
All venues open early for people to picnic before the start of the performances which begin at 7.30 [except for Grinton which is a 7.00 start]. People need to bring their own seating and dress for an outdoor performance. More information and tickets can be found at www.northcountrytheatre.com or by telephoning 01748 825288.
Photo by Beki Harrison. The Giant Knitter of Fate prowling the streets of Richmond in search of Bartle!