Group sinks teeth into Dracula role

Members of the Roaring Mouse Theatre Group in a pose for their 2012 Calendar. Picture by FRANK REID
Members of the Roaring Mouse Theatre Group in a pose for their 2012 Calendar. Picture by FRANK REID
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A THEATRE group has been hard at work to re-create several classic movie scenes for its 2012 calendar.

Roaring Mouse Theatre Group, for adults with learning difficulties, staged a variety of photoshoots based around black and white movies.

Members of the Roaring Mouse Theatre Group (left to right) Graeme Booth, Alan Robinson and Lisa White, in a calendar pose

Members of the Roaring Mouse Theatre Group (left to right) Graeme Booth, Alan Robinson and Lisa White, in a calendar pose

The theatre group, which is based at the Kindling Centre, in Cromwell Street, Hartlepool, provides a variety of workshops with professionals in singing, drama skills and creative writing to help the 26 members overcome their disabilities and have fun.

Linda Malcolm, who runs the theatre group, explained where the group got the idea from.

She said: “The group did a calendar back in 2009 which was their favourite movies such as Titanic and Singing In The Rain and it just came from that.

“Now we are going to do Robin Hood and we want to go to either Hardwick Hall or Summerhill for that.

“We also want to do Ocean’s Eleven and the St Valentine’s Day Massacre outside as well.

“We hope to shoot scenes from Dracula at the Headland.

“We are working with Dave Hudspeth, a senior photography lecturer at Gateshead College, and if the weather prevents us from going outside, he will take shots of Whitby for us to use as a backdrop.

“He and his students are heavily involved and they will be providing the artwork for the calendar, which is a great inter-generational opportunity for adults with learning difficulties to work with people from the industry.

“It’s great for them to use in their course work and great for us too. We’re hoping to make a visit to the college.”

The calendars will be sold to raise money for the Roaring Mouse Theatre Group and Linda added: “It’s not just about that, they are a great tool for keeping the group in the public eye.

“It is a fabulous example of people with learning difficulties doing something in the community.”