Talent pulls together for Palestinian performers

Master magician and illusionist Dillinger.
Master magician and illusionist Dillinger.

A HOST of the borough’s leading talents have joined forces for a special fundraising concert tomorrow evening (Friday) at Whitley Bay Playhouse.

Made in North Tyneside features six separate acts, with all proceeds going to the forthcoming visit to Tyneside of the young people of Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp, Beirut.

They will be performing Peter Mortimer’s play, Croak, the King, and a Change in the Weather at The Sage Gateshead and Saville Exchange, North Shields early in April.

The group will also be performing in Edinburgh and Liverpool, and have already produced the play to great acclaim in their native Beirut.

One of the acts, the Cullercoats duo, The Creels, travelled to Beirut and performed with the play.

They are joined by the master magician and illusionist, and ex-chairman of the Magic Circle, Dillinger, plus the award winning North Tyneside Steel Band, who are celebrating 40 years of performance.

Kate Fox is the Tynemouth-based satirical poet whose verses light up BBC Radio Four every Saturday morning, while The Keelers sea shanty quartet have performed their unique harmonies worldwide for the last 25 years.

The Star of the Sea School Choir from Whitley Bay complete the line-up.

“The Shatila project is all about people fulfilling their creative potential,” said Peter Mortimer, “so we thought a good idea for a fund-raiser would be to show off some of the creative talent we have here in North Tyneside.

“Everyone readily agreed to lend their support and we are hoping for a good turn-out.”

When the play was performed at Theatre Monnot in Beirut in February, it received standing ovations, and The Daily Star, Lebanon’s leading English language newspaper, commented: “As surprising as it is inventive. As with the best allegorical writing, the meaning is profoundly contemporary. Comic, striking, and significant.”

Friday night’s show is compered by Peter Mortimer, and tickets are £10 at the box office on 08442 772771 or on the door.