BUDDING actors have staged an outdoor performance inspired by the history and heritage of Bishop Auckland.

The 32-strong troupe, who were aged between seven and 19-years-old, took part in the event as part of Jack Drum Arts Summer School at Auckland Castle.

They gave a dramatic rendition of the grisly and ancient local tale of Pollard and the Brawn which follows the fate of a brave knight who vanquished a monstrous wild boar.

They also re-interpreted the story of author Lewis Carroll using Auckland Castle as the setting for his work, The Legend of Scotland, and dramatised the highs and lows of Bishop Auckland AFC throughout its sporting history.

Supported by a team of professional musicians and actors from County Durham organisation, Jack Drum Arts, the young people penned stories, wrote songs, recited poetry and crafted props to create their three mini-plays.

This hard work culminated in a one-off live performance at the historic Deer House in Auckland Park to an audience of family, friends and members of the public.

Every youngster taking part in this year’s summer school used the sessions to work towards an Arts Award qualification, Discover and Explore levels and Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.