Theatre company backs Tideswell project

1.%20NEW%20PERSPECTIVES_He%20Wore%20a%20Red%20Hat_featuring%20Gerry%20Howell%20%20%28photgraphy%20by%20Pamela%20Raith%29A leading touring theatre company will be performing in Tideswell in support of a restoration project in the village.

New Perspectives Theatre Company will stage He Wore A Red Hat in Fountain Square Church on December 12 as a fundraiser for the church’s Living Stones Project.

He Wore A Red Hat, written and directed by New Perspectives’ artistic director Jack McNamara, is currently touring the region. It is a festive-themed comedy, full of twists, turns and sleuthful surprises.

Volunteer detectives are being recruited to help solve crimes in local villages. So when part-time unpublished poet Josh Rogan’s applications are repeatedly turned down, he decides to take sleuthing into his own hands.

Believing he’s one step ahead, he begins to piece together what he thinks are a series of Christmas-themed crimes and enlists an intern as his put-upon side-kick.

Just when he thinks he’s onto something a series of unexpected gifts start to arrive. He’s in for a big surprise.

Join the amateur crime-fighter Josh for a spot of sleuthing, as he attempts to restore faith in our festive season. And possibly share a few impromptu poems along the way.

It is suitable for all ages and can be seen in Tideswell on December 12, at 7.30pm. All tickets are £12 and 20 per cent of each ticket sold will go towards the restoration project.

The church, in the centre of the village has planning permission for major restoration which will include community and performance spaces.

Tideswell Community Players, want to be able to perform in the new space, and New Perspectives decided they would stage a fundraising performance in the village.

Tideswell Community Players have been performing in the village since 1930.  As Tideswell Theatre, they also bring professional theatre, music and dance to the village, either directly or as promoters through Live and Local.

One of the first performances they brought to the village was New Perspectives Theatre’s  Thank God For Cod.

Gerard Rogers, who is involved with both New Perspectives and Tideswell Theatre said: “The Players left their home of many decades in 2009 when the United Reformed Church Hall was placed on the market.

“We are eager to support proposals which will lead to a suitable new venue for performance.

“We are already committed to helping finance a suitable lighting infrastructure and we hope the visiting performance will demonstrate our commitment to the project and give audiences a chance to contribute to the restoration.”

Tickets from Tideswell Post Office, or online through ticketsource/tideswelltheatre or

More information is available on the New Perspectives website or the Tideswell Theatre’s Facebook page.