AN arts group is appealing for public support to help a play about poachers in a Durham dale win a national award.

The Drama in the Dale project run by Jack Drum Arts is through to the final of the Voluntary Arts Network Epic Awards.

The project saw the people of Weardale in County Durham put on a play last year.

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The Bonny Moorhen told the tale of poachers and the 1818 bloody battle of Stanhope, and was performed in a barn in Stanhope.

Now the project, which aims to continue creating local theatre in the area, needs people to vote for it in the Epic Awards.

Julie Ward from Crook-based Jack Drum Arts said: “Voting is open from tomorrow (January 8) and we need people to do everything they can to help us win.

“Keeping Drama in the Dale in the public eye is a brilliant way of continuing to build our profile and garner ever more support to help keep the arts live and local in Weardale and the wider north.”

For more information on the awards or to vote for it visit