ME & Thee Theatre have collaborated with musicians from folk bands The Fine Companions and Malarkey to produce an evening of winter-themed entertainment.

Playwright Libby Pearson, of Me & Thee Theatre, said: “We are very excited to be involved in this project which fuses carefully chosen, beautiful tunes and songs from the folk genre, with winter-themed poetry and an original story by Brenda Stott.”

The audience will hear the original story of Sam North, a child looking for respite from caring for his father, and whose one wish is to visit the Ice Hotel.

They discover the sinister and strange antics of Jólakötturinn, the Yule Cat of Icelandic Folklore, who spends Christmas Eve searching through the snow on the look-out for a particular kind of prey.

The legend and the story are brought to life with musical accompaniment from the bands who play a vast array of instruments – guitars, mandolin, banjo, flute, fiddle and drums.

Add into the mix poetry and beautifully sung folk tales, and you have a rich and varied evening of winter entertainment for all (suitable for children aged 10 and over).

The performance takes place on Saturday, November 25, at Hovingham Village Hall, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £9 and on sale at Hovingham Village Stores, by phoning 01653 690212 and 01653 669107 or at the door.

This event is a fundraiser with profits donated to Ryedale Special Families.