Village hall set to stage shows

VILLAGE residents can enjoy a series of acts as a rural performing charity gets set to take to the stage.

A pantomime, children’s performances and an adults’ magic show will all be held at Hart Village Hall in the coming months.

The shows will be put on by Rural Arts, a charity which aims to take high-quality performances to rural communities.

Established nearly 25 years ago, the charity, which is based in Thirsk, originally performed around North Yorkshire.

However, a grant received from the Arts Council last year allowed them to extend its work into Teesside.

Hart Village residents are now set to benefit with a series of performances booked for the village hall, the first of which will take place this month.

Adults can enjoy a comedy magic show on Saturday, November 12, from 7.30pm.

The Rural Arts performers will present their Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime at the venue on Tuesday, December 27, from 4pm.

The talented performers will be back in the village next year as they take to the stage for two children’s shows.

Emma Stanworth, a member of the Hart Village Hall association committee, said the village is delighted to welcome the charity.

Emma, 37, a HR officer for Stockton Borough Council, who lives in the village with husband, Paul, 43, a civil servant, and their seven-year-old son, Joe, said: “We have been trying to get a bit more activity going on in the village, so this is fantastic.

“Some of the performers have been on stage at venues such as The Arc, in Stockton, so it’s great to be bringing that level of quality into Hart.”

Angela Hall, director for Rural Arts, said: “The beauty of the scheme is it enables village’s to have high-quality performances in their local hall.

“For us it’s all about taking creative activities out into the communities.”

For tickets for any of the performances call 07930 038562.

For more information about Rural Arts visit www.ruralarts.org