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Devilish entertainment in Hamsterley

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Paddy Burton of Jack Drum Arts takes on the role of the Devil to narrate a wicked evening's Halloween entertainment in Hamsterley Forest

Young actors will be getting their teeth into new roles to set pulses racing in Hamsterley Forest.

The Forestry Commission has linked up with the acclaimed Wear Valley-based Jackass Youth Theatre and Jack Drum Arts to create a chilling Halloween evening in the 2,000 hectare (5,000 acre) woodland, near Bishop Auckland, on Sunday 30 October.

Mischievous tales of how the Devil makes work for idle hands will play out along a riveting 40 minute ghost trail snaking through the trees with Old Nick himself narrating the story! 

Julie Ward, of Jack Drum, explained

“The youngsters have opted to get creative around tales of the Devil’ work, naughtiness and dammed idleness with original plots, costumes and make-up.  They are even making a film about ghostly steelworks and furnaces to play on a screen. The result will be a spine-tingling Halloween for young revellers tinged with suspense and humour.”

A cast of 20 local actors from Jack Ass are working with professionals on the unique production. 

To take part in you will need to book in advance on 01388 488312.  The cost is £6 per person and ghost walks set out from Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre from 5.30pm. The event is unsuitable for children aged under five years old and parental discretion is required for children under 12 years or those with a sensitive nature. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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