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Fascinating Tales from the Dales Help Shape Community Play
Thursday, Jul 19, 2012
Fascinating Tales from the Dales Help Shape Community Play
Following six meetings held across the Dales, North Country Theatre has around 70 participants old and young signed up for its latest community play, Bartle! A Per Gynt for the Dales.

“There has been a fantastic response from these local communities,” said director Nobby Dimon. “Through the group workshops and discussion we have already gathered a collection of folktales and legends from the Dales and further afield which will be drawn upon for the play.” 

Connections have been made between tales as diverse as the Scottish Tam O’ Shanter, and Norse stories of the Huldra –  a beautiful young maiden with a cow’s tail. Participants have linked the monstrous Boyg of Gudbrandsdalen in Norway to the Bogle of Arkengarthdale and told of the holy healing well at Hurst, trolls under bridges in Coverdale, demons in lead mines and many more extraordinary tales.

North Country Theatre hopes to stage the production in summer 2013 at various outdoor venues across the district. The workshops have been funded by the RDPE (Rural Development Programme England) and the European Leader Fund. More information can be found on North Country Theatre’s Facebook Page at

Photo: Participants at the Richmond workshop

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