TWO teenage actresses from the district have spent their summer performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Brooke Armstrong (13) from Medburn, near Ponteland, and Katie Carruthers (15) from Haydon Bridge have been starring in The Life of Reilly.

Cramlington’s Ellie Clark (14) also represented the North-East in the play.

The play follows the story of a young autistic boy and his family as they cope with the highs and lows of the condition.

The two-week run at the Fringe has received five-star reviews, packed houses and raised awareness of the condition to hundreds of festival-goers.

The girls gave up most of their summer holidays to attend rehearsals, as well as 12 performances.

Brooke is no stranger to the stage, having appeared in a number of short films and theatre productions. She also attends Ponteland’s Supreme Performing Arts and Newcastle-based Peanuts Talent

The Newcastle High School for Girls pupil said: “I play Reilly’s sister and it’s been hard work, but I’ve loved every minute of it.

“The Fringe is great, there are so many talented people and fantastic shows to see.

“It’s been great that so many people have come to see our play too.”

Katie, who attends Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth High School, has previously appeared in panto. She enjoyed the atmosphere of the Fringe.

Katie said: “It’s been great to be a part of the Fringe, especially when we are getting such a serious message across to the public about autism.

“I’ve picked up so many skills at the DJW School of Acting and it’s been great putting them into practice in Edinburgh.”

The play is now set to become a major film.

The Life of Reilly team is fund-raising towards production costs to make the play into a feature length movie.