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Sunderland Stages

Sunderland Stages celebrates the very best of theatre, dance and spoken word performances and brings them to hidden, found and unexpected venues across Sunderland.

Between Autumn 2014 and Summer 2015, Sunderland Stages will bring performances to a range of venues in the City including the Royalty Theatre, Arts Centre Washington, North Shore and the Bonded Warehouse (both University of Sunderland Students’ Union venues).

There will also be a number of special performances in ‘found’ spaces. These will be where you least expect them so keep your eyes peeled for announcements coming soon!

For updates and announcement find Sunderland Stages on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @sunstages or visit our webpage at www.sunderlandstages.co.uk. If you would like to receive updates about the Sunderland Stages performances e-mail acw@sunderland.gov.uk 

Sunderland Stages is supported by Arts Council England.

What's On:

Rowan McCabe and Arts Centre Washington present...

North East Rising

16 September 2014

***This event is at Independent, Sunderland***
Do you ever feel like the media is being a bit unfair about the North East? Like there’s a bit more to it than closed down mines and drunken Ken and Barbie dolls? Well, Rowan is pretty sure that there is and he’s on a mission to find the true heart of the region’s culture.

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Company TSU in association with Curious Monkey present...

Beats North

23 September 2014

*** This event is taking place at North Shore, Sunderland University Students Union***
A double bill of new plays by Luke Barnes and Ishy Din, seamlessly interwoven live on stage by award winning scratch DJ Mariam Rezaei. Exploring the soundtrack to our lives through the eyes and ears of two young northern men who are still trying to figure it out. Al’s family want him to be a Bollywood convert, but he craves Motown and the spotlight for him and his guitar. Jack gets lost in the power of Bonnie Tyler and his own imagination, much to his dad’s frustration.

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Red Ladder present...

We’re Not Going Back

08 October 2014

***This event is at The Royalty Theatre, Sunderland***
Set in the 1984/85 miners’ strike, this hard-hitting musical comedy follows the fortunes of three sisters determined to set up a branch of ‘Women Against Pit Closures’. We’re Not Going Back tackles the resilience of working communities, the make-and-mend fabric of family and the power of sticking two fingers up to a government hell-bent on destruction… … and all with humour, song and a six-pack of Babycham.

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Red Ladder present...

We’re Not Going Back

09 October 2014

Arts Centre Washington date
We’re Not Going Back is set in the 1984/85 miners’ strike.
In this hard-hitting musical comedy we follow the fortunes of three sisters determined to set up a branch of ‘Women Against Pit Closures’. We’re Not Going Back tackles the resilience of working communities, the make-and-mend fabric of family and the power of sticking two fingers up to a government hell-bent on destruction… … and all with humour, song and a six-pack of Babycham.

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balletLORENT present...

The Night Ball

17 October 2014

***This performance is at North Shore, the University of Sunderland Students Union***
Performed in the atmospheric setting of North Shore The Night Ball is a truly unforgettable experience celebrating the sheer, unadulterated joy of dancing in a social environment.  

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Horse + Bamboo present...

Hansel + Gretel

18 October 2014

*** This events is at The Royalty Theatre, Sunderland***
Suitable for children aged 5+
Hunger. Gnaws at the stomach like a dog on a bone.

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Théâtre Sans Frontières in partnership with Alnwick Playhouse present...

Heaven Eyes

23 October 2014

Arts Centre Washington date
Based on the novel by internationally renowned children’s author David Almond (Skellig), Heaven Eyes is a poetic but gritty story about young people trying to find their way in the world. Mysterious, heart-breaking and humourous in equal measure, this story will touch the depth of your soul.

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The Paper Birds present...

Blind

26 October 2014

*** This performance is at Bonded Warehouse, University of Sunderland Students Union***
A beat-boxing theatre show unlike any other; UK beat-boxing champion Grace Savage explores what young people are hearing in the world today, from motherly advice to what we learn in the school playground and the music charts. An interrogation into the influences on young people today, this energetic and powerful show will have you on the edge of your seat. 

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Bent Architect Theatre Company present...

England Arise!

07 November 2014

***This event is at The Royalty Theatre, Sunderland***
The uplifting and powerful story of the young men and women of a northern town who believed passionately in a better world, inspired by the revolutionary art, music and literature of the times, they refuse to take arms against their fellow workers and fight in the First World War. They suffered prison and brutality for their conscientious objection. Yet the community supported them so much that it soon became known as a ‘hotbed of pacifism’!

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RASHDASH present...

Oh I Can’t Be Bothered

12 November 2014

*** This performance is at Bonded Warehouse, University of Sunderland Students Union***
Bea and Dee stand with their noses pressed together in an empty room. They sit in the bath and sing Lady GaGa. Dee falls over. Bea lifts her up. They are scared that the world will end before they do, they are scared they might not love anyone else as much as they love each other. They don't fancy each other, but does that matter? They're going to change the world. They're going to watch the next episode of Made In Chelsea.

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Paines Plough and Birmingham Repertory Theatre present...

Hopelessly Devoted

20 November 2014

Arts Centre Washington date
by Kate Tempest
Following her smash-hit debut Wasted, Kate Tempest is back with an incendiary new play.

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Kate Fox and Union Jill present...

Letting Off Steam

21 November 2014

***This event is at The Canny Space (formerly Holy Trinity Church)***
An evening of entertaining rhythms, rhyming and ranting from three of the North’s top female wordsmiths.

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Puppetship and Queens Hall Arts present...

In A Nutshell

28 November 2014 - 29 November 2014

*** This event is at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens***
The clock has stopped at a quarter to Spring. The World is frozen in Winter. The key to the New Year hidden lies in a Nutshell, but unlocking the secret means that everything must change. That's life - in a Nutshell. A warm and touching story of beginnings and endings, goodbyes and hellos told with puppets and bits and pieces.

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