A Season of touring theatre hits the road next week to bring drama to County Durham communities.

The Elements Touring Scheme includes productions of work by award-winning playwright Rona Munro.

The season gets under way with The Magician's Daughter presented by the Multistory Theatre, which visits Howden-le-Wear Community Association on Thursday, at 1.30pm, and Blackhall Community Centre at 10.30am next Saturday.

Tickets for the Howden-le-Wear show are available on (01388) 764419 and for Blackhall on 0191-586 7572.

In November, MsFits Theatre will present Catch A Falling Star, the new comedy drama from Rona Munro, at Wood View Community Centre, Langley Park and Trimdon Village Hall.

The Pretty Good Girl Dance theatre will present the story of Vesta Tilley at Blackhall Community Centre, Wood View Community Centre and the Masonic Hall, in Crook.

In December, Jack Drum Arts will present Little Red Riding Hood and Her Amazing Godmother in Castleside, Trimdon and Dipton.

Elements Touring Scheme is an initiative which aims to create opportunities for work and find practical ways to help the theatre flourish in the community.

Elements is funded by the Regional Lottery Programme, Arts Council of England, Durham County Council and the district councils of Chester-le-Street, Derwentside, Sedgefield, Teesdale and Wear Valley. For details, call 0191-384 2214.