Emily Eyefinger at Civic Theatre

CHILDREN'S classic Emily Eyefinger made its Newcastle debut last night as part of a successful national tour.

The stage play, adapted from the book series by Duncan Ball, stars adventurous heroine Emily, who was born with an eye on the end of her finger.

The cast had been looking forward to performing in Newcastle, according to Sandie Eldridge, founding member of Monkey Baa theatre company, who plays Great Aunt Olympia.

"[Civic Theatre] is such a beautiful theatre to play in," she said.

The show is aimed at kids 10 and under but mum and dad aren't forgotten.

"We've penned in a few gags the adults will appreciate," Miss Eldridge said.

Expect many laughs, wicked and scary characters, and immense drama when the audience fears for the safety of Emily's eyefinger.

The show teaches kids to "embrace their individuality and uniqueness", Ms Eldridge said.

Emily Eyefinger opened last night and plays today and tomorrow at 10.30am and 12.30pm at the Civic Theatre.

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