Ferry brings in show’s puppets

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A FERRY operator has ensured the show will go on after characters of a production due to open in Whitley Bay found themselves stranded in Amsterdam.

Four puppets, which are to star in the Whitley Bay Playhouse production of Dr Dolittle in November, found that they had no way of reaching the rest of the animal cast who were travelling to Whitley Bay from London, after being created by a specialist puppeteer in Amsterdam.

After hearing the news that the production could be axed, DFDS Seaways, based in North Shields, stepped in to offer complimentary travel to bring Dab Dab the duck, Gub Gub the pig, Sheila the fox and Rufus the bulldog, to North Tyneside.

The show stars Alex Swann, of Cramlington, as Dr Dolittle and ten-year-old Jack Soulsby, of North Shields, as the doctor’s assistant, Tommy.

Alex said: “It really was touch and go as to whether the show would go on, so we were over the moon when DFDS Seaways offered to carry some of our most important cast members to the north east.”

The show, by Day8 Productions, will run at Whitley Bay Playhouse from Thursday, November 3, until Saturday, November 5.

Tickets are available from the Playhouse on 0844 277 2771 or online at www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk