Congratulations to Hexham Auction Mart which has been shortlisted for the 2017 Achates Philanthropy Prize for staging Northumberland musical Beyond the End of the Road in June along with theatre company the November Club. Directed by Cinzia Hardy with music and lyrics by Blanchland's Katie Doherty, the musical was made possible by an £85,000 grant from Arts Council England, as well as support from other groups. Opening night was held at the Mart before the musical went on tour in seven villages.
The Achates Philanthropy Prize is awarded by the Achates Philanthropy Foundation which aims to support innovation in the cultural sector. The winner will be announced on 27th November. This nomination is fantastic recognition for the arts in Northumberland and I am delighted for everyone involved.