New Writing North brings Val McDermid’s children’s picture book My Granny is a Pirate to communities throughout Durham and beyond in October

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New Writing North is delighted to announce that its touring production of Val McDermid’s My Granny is a Pirate will be visiting communities centre and libraries across County Durham during October 2013. Commissioned by the Durham Book Festival, playwright Carina Rodney and director Annie Rigby have turned McDermid’s debut outing into children’s literature into a rip-roaring, piratical musical adventure suitable for under-6s and their families. Granny’s high-seas shenanigans are brought to life on-stage by a talented cast of actors and musicians from Sage Gateshead. Workshops in crafts and music will also be available for small pirates in Durham venues before the show.

The tour starts with a premiere at Gateshead Old Town Hall on 5 October. In addition to venues throughout County Durham, the production can also be seen at Newcastle Central Library, Hexham Library, Darlington Central Library and Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. To find a venue near you go to the Granny Pirate website at for the most up-to-late listings and information about where to book the workshops.

My Granny is a Pirate is the first of two shows that New Writing North will be touring in the region during 2013-14 thanks to support from the Arts Council of England’s Strategic Touring Fund.