Gritty drama ends its tour

Hexham-based theatre company Théâtre Sans Frontières is touring its production of Heaven Eyes to UK venues.

Tuesday, 21st March 2017, 1:14 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:02 am
Grampa and Mouse in Heaven Eyes
Grampa and Mouse in Heaven Eyes

And it will be bringing its run to an end at Berwick Maltings next week.

Adapted for the stage by internationally acclaimed children’s author David Almond (Skellig, A Song for Ella Grey), Heaven Eyes is a poetic and gritty story about young people trying to find their way in the world.

After running away from their care home, three youngsters, Erin, January and Mouse, sail downriver on a makeshift raft. Washed up on the mudflats, they meet a strange girl, Heaven Eyes, and a man she calls Grampa, who wields an axe and digs for treasures in the mud.

As Erin befriends Heaven Eyes and tensions begin to rise within the group, January’s suspicions about the old man grow. What is the secret he’s hiding?

The first tour of Heaven Eyes took place in autumn 2014.

Reprising their roles from the 2014 tour are TSF regular Paddy Burton, joint artistic director Sarah Kemp, Maria Lindh from Sweden, and Tyneside actors Natalie Ann Jamieson and Lawrence Neale. Joining them for the first time is Newcastle-based actor William Davies.

The show is directed by joint artistic directors John Cobb and Sarah Kemp. The set and costumes are designed by Alison Ashton (Canary Gold, Les Aventures de Lapin), and the music is composed by Ken Patterson (Les Aventures de Lapin, Round the World in 80Minutes).

Throughout the tour, TSF is inviting all nine to 14-year-olds who have seen the show to take part in a short story writing competition. Entitled The Journey, the story should be inspired by the stage production of Heaven Eyes and should be no more than 1,000 words.

The deadline for entries is Monday, April 24.

It can be seen at The Maltings on Saturday, March 25, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10, under 16s £5.