Play in the home is up for auction

A PROFESSIONAL theatre production in your own living room is among the more unusual items to be auctioned at North Shields Fish Quay next week.

Around 20 goods and services go under the hammer at The Quay Tap House on Thursday April 19, with all proceeds going to the Shatila Street Arts Project 2012, which forges cultural links between North Tyneside and Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp in Beirut.

The most mouth-watering lot is a DFDS Seaways mini-cruise for two to Amsterdam.

There are also tickets to Newcastle United games, a season ticket and replica shirt for Whitley Bay FC, a poem written for the person, occasion or object of their choice, original paintings and mounted photographs of the Fish Quay by well-known local artists, Tyne Idol tours, and various restaurant meals.

Many local people and organisations have donated to the auction, which hopes to raise around £1,500.

Live music comes from the singer Maurice Sutherst, well-known for his river Tyne songs, and the auctioneer is Bertie Forster.

The home theatre production is of Dick Curran’s short play Company, which Cloud Nine will be staging at the Low Lights Tavern in May.

The 2012 Street Arts Project sees artists Faye Oliver and Anthony Downie travel in June to Shatila to work with young people, bringing colour to the camp’s drab walls.

In late July, the Shatila youngsters will come 3,000 miles to Whitley Bay and help decorate the steel shutters of town centre shop traders.

The auction gets under way at 7pm.

The film of the 2011 Shatila Project, Shatila Theatre, is being shown at The Trojan Rooms, South Parade Whitley Bay at 7pm on Friday April 20

To reserve free tickets call (0191) 253 1901.