AN ADULT drama group is gearing up to perform a show telling stories of everyday life in the early 1950s.

Make Do and Mend is based on the lives of members of the Queen's Hall Adult Drama Group's parents and grandparents.

In 1952 Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne, Britain acquired its first nuclear weapons, and tea rationing came to an end. Against this changing political and social backdrop, ordinary people worked to rebuild the country after the Second World War.

The show will use drama, live music, songs and photography to tell the true stories of everyday folk in this period, including young teachers and housewives striving to gain equal pay.

The group will perform the show, directed by Théâtre Sans Frontières, at Haltwhistle Library on November 29 at 2.30pm, at Bellingham Library (Town Hall) on November 30 at 2.30pm, and finally at the Queen's Hall on December 1 at 7.30pm.

Sarah Kemp, who runs the drama group, said: "People have worked really hard.

"We started [the project] a year ago but it's been a bit off-and-on for all sorts of different reasons and so it's really lovely that we're finally doing it and are able to share it with people."