Written by Lorna Windham
The play commemorates the St. Hilda’s Colliery disaster on June 28 1839 in South Shields. Based on fact it is a fictionalised account of the events. The story is narrated in part on June 28th 2019, by Granda to grandson, Robbie Argyll. Performed by Hive Radio Storytellers. Originally created for a commemoration event at St Hilda’s Pithead on 28 June 2019 funded by the National Lottery, through Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust.
In Once Upon A Time in Northumberland, Queen Mab, struggles to maintain harmony between the magical creatures who live in Enchanted Wood. Lorna said: “This is a kingdom where fairies fly, monsters stalk and wordragons roar. We discover unsettled honeybees, how, Groach, the queen’s half-sister, thinks her beauty is more important than kindness and how two red squirrels, Fluffcoat, and Brighteyes, are concerned about the dangers some humans cause.”