A HEARTWARMING play about love and loss will dance its way to the heart of the Tyne Valley.

County Durham-based Mad Alice Theatre Company was awarded Arts Council England funding to create new play Rose and Robin, which will be performed at Hexham’s Queen’s Hall on Wednesday, February 19 during the school half term holidays.

The show will take place at 2pm, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages from seven years to 107 years, according to Mad Alice artistic director Shelley O’Brien.

Rose and Robin tells the story of two people who have shared their lives together from childhood to old age.

While they did everything together, they loved nothing more than dancing. However, the story progresses and Robin has real problems remembering things.

The play has been commissioned by Queen’s Hall Arts and is directed by the centre’s former artistic director Geof Keys.

He said: “I’m delighted to be bringing Rose and Robin to the Queen’s Hall, the place where I spent many happy and productive years as artistic director.

“This show is built on the strong community connections that the arts centre has, and I hope that the local audience, both old and young, will be entertained and stimulated by the work we present.

“I initially thought that directing a show that deals with loss in all its forms including death might be a challenging, and potentially depressing, job.

“Then I was reminded of the death of my father three years ago and how we celebrated his life – all the family were over from Dublin and it was one of the best parties I’ve ever been to.”