Go back in time at National Trust’s Wallington Morpeth and be a guest at a grand house party in the Northumberland home of the Trevelyan Family.
When you step through the door at Wallington you will experience the family home of the Trevelyans, a country estate like no other, discovering some of the most significant stories, people and events that make Wallington so interesting.
‘Teacups, Zebras and Dancing Kaisers’ is an event commissioned by the National Trust and created by award-winning performing arts company November Club. It is based on the story of Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan – who gave the Wallington estate to the National Trust – his wife Molly, and their six children.
This intriguing event aims to bring to life the history of the National Trust’s most visited attraction in the North East of England in a new and unique way. It focuses on the life of an ‘illogical Englishman’, Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan, who had strong socialist political views, yet owned a grand country estate. These beliefs led him to bequeath the Wallington Estate to the National Trust.
In his speech to announce this controversial move which disinherited his family, Sir Charles said: “I do not believe in private ownership of land and that I do not think it right for individuals to enjoy the wealth, and exercise the power over the lives of others which they obtain by land ownership…. I believe that all of you would wish Wallington and its treasures to be preserved here intact and that the Trevelyans should stay here to care for the place which means so much to them.”
Gillian Mason, Visitor Experience Manager for the National Trust at Wallington, said: “People will enter the house as a guest of the Trevelyans and find it humming with life, music and playfulness. Everyone is busily preparing for a special party to which you are invited. As guests move through the House they will discover some remarkable stories that make Wallington and the Trevelyan family so unique, culminating in a celebration in the Central Hall with music and refreshments.”
She added: “Wallington has a long and complex history but we decided to focus on the 1900’s to introduce people to the life and times of Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan and his wife Molly. People are able to enjoy the delights of Wallington today due to Sir Charles’ gift to the nation.”
Cinzia Hardy, Creative Director for November Club, said: “Creating the performance has been tremendous fun. We’ve learned how to play some most unusual card games, rummaged through long forgotten albums, songbooks and papers and learned to feel completely at home in this beautiful house. It very quickly became apparent that this was to be our most ambitious and exciting production yet – and believe me we’ve made some ambitious shows, with owls flying through libraries and audiences chasing trails of elephant poo in Morpeth town centre!”
Ahead of the main performances in November, visitors can have a taste of the Trevelyan story by attending ‘Beyond the Ropes’ when November Club will lead you through the house, revealing secrets of this family home, where politics and play were part of daily life.
Beyond the Ropes takes place from 17 – 23 September (excluding Tuesday 18), with a special family focussed event (for ages 7+) during the October half term holidays from 27 – 30 October. Tickets are £5 (normal admission charges also apply) and booking is advisable on 01665 833751.
In November ‘Teacups, Zebras and Dancing Kaisers’ takes place from the 7 – 18 November (no performance on Monday 12) and is suitable for adults and children over 12. This is a specially commissioned promenade performance by November Club. Please check website for a full list of performance times and dates. Tickets are £25, including seasonal refreshments, and booking is essential on 01665 833751. An early bird discount of 10% is available until 30 September.
For more information log onto www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington.