North Country Theatre celebrates anniversary at Ropery Hall

Theatre-goers in Barton upon Humber and the surrounding area can look forward to the now annual visit by North Yorkshire based North Country Theatre to Ropery Hall at the beginning of October.

This year North Country Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary year by touring The Wish List, a sinister story of superstition, sacrifice and dirty laundry based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling.

Adapted for the stage by founder Nobby Dimon and directed by Viviennne Garnett, the play tells the story of Grace Ashcroft who might be seen by some as a poor old lady, and “a dear old soul”, but the tale she tells of her younger days as a lusty farm girl and the strange sacrifice she made to keep “her” man is by turns hilarious and chilling.

“This play is akin to Cold Comfort Farm meets Chaucer’s Wife of Bath meets A Picture of Dorian Gray,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.  “I am sure all those who have seen North Country Theatre appear at Ropery Hall in previous years will once again be enthralled at the company’s latest production.”

“The Wish House is a tongue-in-cheek version of Kipling’s story of obsessive love and is  comedy of rural superstition and urban myth,” Liz continued.

“I am sure everyone who has enjoyed previous adaptions that have ranged from the hilarious The 39 Steps, to the scary The Rocking Horse Winner and, most recently, the poetic and thought-provoking The Gift of Stones will also love North Country’s 20th anniversary production,” she went on.

The Wish List is being performed on Saturday, October 1, starting at 7.30pm.  Tickets, costing £13 in advance or £15 on the door can be bought online at, in person from the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.


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