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Walk this way for a costume drama

PUBLISHED: 12:03 04 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:18 16 August 2010

ON STAGE or behind the scenes, a charity is offering you the chance to experience the arts. Northfleet-based Walk Tall is dedicated to

ON STAGE or behind the scenes, a charity is offering you the chance to experience the arts.

Northfleet-based Walk Tall is dedicated to training youngsters and adults in skills within the world of entertainment - and is preparing for a busy spring of diverse performances.

The chance to produce and appear in a short film, to be screened locally, is being offered to over-18s. At the same time a four-part production telling the tales of some of Swanscombe's colourful characters is being prepared as part of a historic walking tour of the parish.

Chairman Ann Duke said: "We are here to give people the chance to try something new, whatever their background, whether it be performance or production."

Both productions are planned for the end of March, and Walk Tall is looking for volunteers to sign up. The Swanscombe Parish Boundary Walk is scheduled for March 28. It will start at the Church of St Peter and St Paul and see street theatre enacted on a tour that will take in historical places of interest, including the Heritage Park.

"There are some fascinating stories out there which people know nothing about," Mrs Duke said.

If the charity's schedule did not seem busy enough, its full-time company actors are preparing to tour the county.

Their production, Sticks and Stones, is designed as an interactive educational piece looking at the six strands of diversity - disability, age, gender, ethnic origin, religion and sexual orientation.

Mrs Duke added: "We run our academy throughout the year, teaching acting, dancing and singing to young people. Those who take to it and wish to continue can become part of the full company who go on these tours."

For details of activities over the next two months, contact Walk Tall on 0845 270 8130.

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