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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Kerrie brings you Saturday night's forecast for the Tyne Tees region
North Yorkshire Police say they have arrested 41 people in the first nine days of this year's drink and drug driving campaign.
Gusty winds over hills. Mainly dry with a cooler night ahead