W.H. Auden 1907-1973 is recognised across the world as a pre-eminent English speaking poet of the 20th century. Not so familiar is the thought that the Pennines and the Hadrian's Wall corridor was his self confessed "Mutterland". Even less well known are the performance pieces he wrote specifically based in this area.
Paid on Both Sides is a 1928 piece. It can be variously seen as a country house charade, a ripping yarn, a psychological drama or to reflect its setting a grim tale of reiving, vendetta and betrayal. All delivered with nonchalant humour and affirmatively set specifically between Rookhope and Alston.
That will occupy the second part of the performance. In the first half, the warm up act is selected individual pieces of Auden's set in our landscape. These will include love poems and material from the 1937 BBC Newcastle commission Hadrian's Wall.
Tickets are free, but a donation towards costs would be appreciated on the night, and please reserve your place by emailing email@example.com giving your name(s) and intended choice of performance.