Peterborough theatre goers will know the work of Eastern Angles, the company who put the city on the arts map with shows such as ‘Our Nobby’, ‘Lincoln Road’ and the Edinburgh festival hit ‘I Heart Peterborough’.
Now the theatre company has been awarded £42,000 by Arts Council England to re-tour its celebrated show ‘Parkway Dreams’. The documentary musical by ‘EastEnders’ scriptwriter Kenneth Emson, tells the story of the Peterborough Development Corporation and charts the development of the cathedral city from a small historical settlement into a bustling New Town.
The Arts Council grant will allow Eastern Angles to bring the show back to Peterborough, and then tour the production to other New Towns such as Corby and Harlow with an exciting outreach programme of school workshops and community visits.
Ivan Cutting, artistic director of Eastern Angles and director of Parkway Dreams, said:“This is a unique opportunity to put Peterborough in the spotlight once again and share its birth pangs with others who went through a similar experience. It also pays tribute to the creative work that is now happening in Peterborough and how that can appeal to a whole range of audiences.”
‘Parkway Dreams’ will be presented at The Key Theatre on October 6th and 7th. With original music by Simon Egerton and choreographed by Michael Cross, the show went down a storm when it premiered in the city two years ago. Originally produced as part of the Heritage Lottery-funded ‘Forty Years On’ project, which is housed in Peterborough’s Archives, the show draws on interviews with ex-PDC employees and retro popular cultural references. With songs like “It never rains in Queensgate” and sketches based on ‘Blankety Blank’ and ‘Crackerjack’ it’s both unapologetically nostalgic and an entertaining exploration of 1960s and 1970s Peterborough.
For more info contact Eastern Angles on 01473 218202 or visit www.easternangles.co.uk