The festival season is in full swing and actors, comedians and musicians from our region are also heading for Edinburgh - the biggest arts festival in the world.
The Edinburgh Fringe features around 3,000 shows this year.
In the first of a series of reports, Kathryn Samson has been catching up with the team from Northern Stage from Newcastle.
They are taking on the challenge of creating an epic Border Ballad - a folk tradition shared by Northumbria and the South of Scotland.
You can watch Kathryn's first report below.
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