A Hope Valley novel will be brought to life for the first time next week, thanks to a community project for High Peak youngsters.
The budding actors and singers are putting on two productions of Blue John, based on the book by Edale author Berlie Doherty, through a High Peak Community Arts initiative.
Two groups of eight to 14-year-olds from Fairfield and Gamesley, have been taking part in workshops with professional artists, composers and musicians since April.
The tale follows the journey of a young boy and the decisions he faces as he goes through his life. To gain insight into the narrative, the children met at a week-long camp in Castleton this week, where the book is set.
During the summer school, the participants received added input from operatic singer Daisy Barker, theatre-maker Paul Hine and visual artist Katy McCall, and the new material will be shaped into the final show.
“It’s a chance for them to get to know each other, get together and to share what they’ve been doing,” said Sophie Mackreth, of HPCA. “I’m a bit apprehensive because I know most of them have done nothing like that kind of thing before but I know the team are really experienced so it’s going to be fantastic. I’m really excited.”
Blue John’s theatrical debut will be the first performance of HPCA’s two-year Tall Tales project, funded by Foundation for Youth Music.
Performances will take place at 7.30pm at the Geoffrey Allen Centre, on Winster Mews, Gamesley, on August 5 and Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre, St John’s Road, Buxton, on September 2.
Tickets, costing £3 for adults and £1 for concessions, are available from Gamesley Community Café, Buxton Opera House and High Peak Community Arts in New Mills.