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Stage Editorial

thesingingwind.jpg The Singing Wind gets ready to blow

The Winter Festival show for families at St. Mary’s Heritage Centre in Gateshead is now firmly established as a real festive favourite and this year Hearthside Tales are presenting us with the enchanting The Singing Wind.

My Christmas doesn’t really begin until I’ve managed to purloin a child from somewhere so I can whisk them off to St. Mary’s Heritage Centre where they never fail to put on a magical show, imaginative set and all. This year they’re teaming up with one of the region’s most beloved storytellers Chris Bostock and composer and performer Ken Patterson for The Singing Wind. Told in story, sound and song, it’s a tale of a boy who dreams that he must save his people. Guided by the wind he travels to the four corners of the earth learning the power, value and wonder of fire, earth, water and, yep, wind. A brand new production - created with family audiences with children aged from 4-10 - it blends folk tales and myths from Greece, Norway, Africa and the North American plains to captivating effect. I can’t wait (oh – and I’m sure my niece is going to love it too).

The Singing Wind, Friday 22-Sunday 24 December, St. Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, 1pm & 6.30pm Fri/Sat and 11am Sun, £7/£3 (under 2 years free). Tickets: gateshead.gov.uk/whatson or 0191 433 4699.