Stages set for outdoor shows at Barnard Castle's arts centre
By Stuart Laundy - Senior Reporter
THE diverse range of events which can be held on a new outdoor stage at Barnard Castle's arts centre was highlighted when the new facilities were used for the first time.
Money from Teesdale Action Partnership, a donation from a private sponsor and cash from a Covid recovery grant has enabled the new stage to be built in the outdoor area at the back of The Witham.
In addition, a smaller performance area for solo artists has been built along with a surface which can be used for a pop-up bar.
First to use the new main stage was the Crook-based group Runaway Samba. Part of Jack Drum Arts, they showed off their drumming skills for an hour.
They were followed by a dance performance from two members of Newcastle-based Curious Arts.
Their piece, called Wildflowers, has been delighting audiences across the North East all summer.
Then later, guitarist John Williams took to the stage to play to visitors.
All three performances were part of The Witham’s programme of free weekend entertainment during the school summer holidays.
Shelagh Avery, chairwoman of trustees at The Witham, said all at the centre were delighted to see the new facilities in use.
“This will allow us to hold more events outdoors, with more people becoming familiar with the outdoor space at The Witham,” she added.