Hoping the horses change her fortunes

DH Lawrence’s The Rocking Horse Winner is brought to Peebles and Melrose next week.

The supernatural story presented by the North Country Theatre describes a young, middle-class but luckless Englishwoman who is haunted by a sense of failure with money worries throughout her family’s household.

But when her son starts to pick a series of winning bets on horses, she decides to try to learn the winner of the Derby and solve the family’s financial problems.

A spokesman for North Country Theatre said: “Set against a vivid background of colourful race meetings, jockeys, touts and bookies, this dark psychological thriller is laced with satire and lends itself to North Country Theatre’s highly visual theatrical style.”

North Country Theatre was set up in 1996 by artistic director Nobby Dimon with the aid of a £1,000 project grant.

As well as creating yarns based on classic adventures such as The 39 Steps, 2001 and The Lost World, and staging medieval mystery plays, Nobby has also created the first stage adaptation of JL Carr’s A Month in the Country.

Previously Nobby had eight very successful years as Theatre in Education Director at the Harrogate Theatre.

He said: “There is nothing I like better than working in the small theatres and village halls in rural areas where there is no pretension and artyness; where the crowd, (and it usually is a crowd) is right up against the action, where actors share an interval cup of tea with the audience and yet still transport them five minutes later.

“There is a real sense of a shared experience.”

The Rocking Horse Winner is performed at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles on Thursday, November 10 at 7.30pm, with tickets priced at £14 (phone 01721 725777).

It is also performed at the Wynd Theatre in Melrose, with the support of Scottish Borders Council, on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12 at 7.30pm each night, £12 a ticket. Phone 08432 898 555 for details.