Spring theatre season starts in New Deer

ON TUESDAY next week at 7pm a fun puppet show, Willie the Wicked Wolf by Over the Top Puppets, is on in New Deer Public Hall, tickets costing £5 each.

It is set in a traditional puppet booth but this version of Little Red Riding Hood has the wolf as the central character.

He is an outrageous but lovable rogue whose interests include food, motorbikes and rock’n’roll.

He plans to eat Granny and Red Riding Hood but fails miserably due to his own stupidity and the unreliability of his motorbike. Fortunately Granny is a skilled mechanic, unfortunately Granny is not a skilled driver.

How will it end? Happily of course, with plenty of audience participation. This show is suitable for everyone over five years old and will make a super early Easter treat for all the family.

On Wednesday, March 27 at 7.30pm Rightlines Productions are bringing their one man show, Watching Bluebottles to New Deer Public Hall, tickets priced £10 and £8.

“Heaters, lights, keys... is that me done now?”

The old hall keeper recites his daily mantra as he prepares for one last bash - his own retirement party.

After years of service behind the scenes, the hall keeper turns the tables and takes us beyond the mundane chair-stacking and sweeping-up to reveal a world of passion, pathos and life-changing experiences.

This show is a departure from their previous shows where interactive comedy and farce were strong features but will ring a bell with audiences who regularly attend various functions in their local halls.

Although the story is fictional, the play is adapted to each individual venue and the hall itself becomes an integral part of the performance, conjuring up the illusion of a local story told locally.

Ron Emslie plays the hall keeper having toured previously with the company in Whisky Kisses and has just completed a run in the West End with Darren Day in the new musical, “The Last Session”.

Promoter Sue Robertson said: ”New Deer was included as part of the original world premiere tour of this production in 2005 and it was an excellent show. Ron Emslie was terrific as the hall keeper.

“It is touring again and we are really pleased to welcome it back to New Deer. If you saw it in 2005 I am sure you will be delighted to have the opportunity to enjoy it again and if it is new to you... you are in for a treat! Wine and soft drinks will be on sale.”

Tickets for both shows are available from the Pharmacy and Food for Thought, New Deer on 01771 644217/ 644366 or online at www.neatshows.org.uk

New Deer Community Association is grateful to North East Arts Touring Ltd which receives support from Creative Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council.