A trio of actors will be reading ghost stories at Humshaugh Village Hall.

One of the actors, Janine Birkett, is an native Northumbrian actress and is associated with the 'Vera' TV series and novels will be appearing at the village hall on October 28.

She will be narrating a moving short story by award winning poet and short story writer Kate Clanchy.

'The Wall' is an absorbing tale of family love and redemption set at Housesteads Roman Fort, where Kate was writer in residence for English Heritage during 2017.

Janine spent her early career touring with Northumberland Theatre Company before joining the Northern Stage Ensemble and going on to perform in major repertory theatres. She was Byker Grove parent Maggie Watson and played Jenny Elliot, Billy’s Mam, in the film of Billy Elliot. TV appearances include Vera, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Holby City, The Royal, Inspector George Gently and Coronation Street as well as BBC radio dramas.

Janine has also narrated over 40 audio-books, including several by 'Vera' author Ann Cleeves.

The Newcastle actress will be supported by Stephen Tomlin and Grace Kirby.

Stephen brings to life Edith Nesbit’s gloriously gothic 'Man Size in Marble' and Grace reads a gripping ghost in the machine cautionary tale 'Safe as Houses' by Christine Poulson.

Actor Stephen said: "The stories that we read will be a mixture of classic and modern ghost stories with the light dimmed to create the atmosphere."

"These events have always been quite successful and I have found that adults like being read to, as it is not done enough unlike children."

"Therefore people find it relaxing when they can chill while being read to."

"We normally do big tours of shows like this but because of covid and many uncertainties, I thought a smaller show would be best."

Humshaugh Arts Programme, who are hosting the trio of actor readers, will be turning the village hall lights down low, with tables and chair set out in cabaret style with candle lights.

There will be running a licensed bar for refreshments between readings.

The event is suitable for curious adults and older children aged 11 and over.

Tickets (£6/£4 Children) from Humshaugh Village Shop.