16 May 2017
Sunday for Sammy, unofficially known as the Geordie Command Performance, will return to Tyneside on Sunday 18th February 2018 but this time at the Metro Radio Arena.
The event is staged by the Sunday for Sammy Trust, to raise funds to support the next generation of North Eastern performers with training, expenses and equipment. One Theatre company Blowin 'a Hooley Theatre is being supported as they tour Tom Hadaway’s classic play The Filleting Machine to pubs, working man’s clubs, community centres, heritage venues and theatres across Tyneside in the summer 2017, but first it’s coming home to the Meadow Well.
ABOUT THE FILLETING MACHINE
Set on The Ridges Estate (now Meadow Well Estate) in the 1980s, the play centres around the Rutter family; Ma wants her children to aim for more than she had and Da believes his way of life as a fish filleter is good enough. When Davy’s new job threatens his father’s livelihood, the family’s financial survival is uncertain and with it, Da’s conviction that he is right.
Hadaway was born in North Shields, his play depicts the people he met and worked with on the fish quay. Written a generation ago, The Filleting Machine is as relevant today as it was then as it asks the questions: does further education guarantee you a job? Is any job guaranteed? How do you help your children have a better life than you did, and is that what they want anyway?
Performed with kind permission from the Hadaway estate, Pauline Hadaway said of the project;
“Myself and my brother John feel sure that Tom would be delighted to see The Filleting Machine revived by a company committed to working locally with young local actors. Having responsibility for our father’s literary archive, we are very glad to see his work being acknowledged and kept alive. We are very much looking forward to seeing the finished performance.”
Blowin’ a Hooley are dedicated to helping support young North East talent and cast Erin Mullen and William Wyn Davies, two up and coming actors from the region.
Director Catherine Scott said, “We’re excited to be able to bring Tom Hadaway’s play to audiences in North and South Tyneside. Despite the fact it was written thirty years ago, the issues it explores are still relevant today. We were honored when the Hadaway family gave their permission for us to perform the play, for us, it’s the perfect way to show what we’re about as a theatre company and we’re really looking forward to seeing the audience’s reaction.”
The show will take place at the Cedarwood Trust, The Avenues, Avon Ave, North Shields NE29 7QT on Thursday 25th May at 6pm. Tickets £2 from venue.
Tour Dates are as follows;
• Thursday 25th May 2017, 6pm - The Cedarwood Trust
• Thursday 1st June 2017, 8pm - Low Lights Tavern
• Wednesday 7th June 2017, 2.30pm & 7.30pm - The Exchange
• Friday 9th June 2017, 7.30pm - Wallsend Memorial Hall
• Saturday 10th June 2017, 7.30pm - Wallsend Memorial Hall
• Friday 16th June 2017, 7pm - Customs House
• Saturday 24th June 2017, 7.30pm - Byker & Heaton Union Club
• Friday 4th August 2017, 7.30pm - Old Low Light Heritage Centre
• Saturday 5th Aug 2017, 2.30pm & 7.30pm - Old Low Light Heritage Centre
Tickets are available at each venue and online at:
www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EKKMJK (The Exchange performances)
www.customshouse.co.uk/theatre/the-filleting-machine/ (The Customs House)
and www.ticketsource.co.uk/blowin-a-hooley-theatre for all other performances