Trouble at the palace

The Sun, the Moon and a Boy called River is on tour in the Borders next month
The Sun, the Moon and a Boy called River is on tour in the Borders next month

CHILDREN’S theatre company Wee Stories launches a tour of the south of Scotland next month with its production The Sun, The Moon and a Boy Called River.

The show tells the tale of two babies, born at exactly the same moment, under the same moon – one born a princess in a palace, the other the son of a poor woodcutter.

A prophecy foretells they will marry, but the evil king will stop at nothing to prevent his daughter from marrying a commoner. It is a tale of good against evil and an unattainable quest with many surprises along the way.

“One of our aims, as well as creating child-friendly theatre that will appeal to all generations, is to reach the widest possible audience geographically,” said Iain Johnstone, Wee Stories’ artistic director.

“That’s why we’re so pleased that Creative Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council have given us the funding to reach destinations as far apart as Stranraer on the west coast to Coldingham in the east and to perform in numerous village halls and small community venues throughout the south of Scotland.”

Iain performs himself alongside Tommy Mullins, who swap costumes and play a variety of different roles between them, all done with humour.

This is combined with live music by Jennifer Port and a set created by Claire Halleran.

Wee Stories perform at the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels (June 5), Tait Hall, Kelso (June 6), Coldingham Village Hall (June 7), Coldstream Community Centre (June 8), Eskdalemuir Community Hub (June 13), Newlands Community Centre (June 25), Midlem Village Hall (June 26), Hawick Town Hall (June 27), Carlops Village Hall (June 28) and Smailholm Village Hall (June 29).

For full details, visit www.weestoriestheatre.org or phone 0131 221 0606.