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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 If you would like to receive updates about the Sunderland Stages performances e-mail 

Sunderland Stages is supported by Arts Council England.

What's On:

The Paper Birds present...


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***
They stand with their noses pressed together in an empty room. They roll and tumble, they dance and collide, they shout and paint. If they don't decide now, life will decide for them. Dee doesn't want Bea to be with Him. Dee thinks Bea should leave Him, and be with her. She doesn't fancy her, she doesn't want them to have sex. But they should be together. Because their love is the most important. Bea's phone won't stop ringing. They're sorry. It probably won't happen again.RashDash make theatre for the body and the mind are an associate company of the West Yorkshire Playhouse

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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***
Friday 28 November, 10.30am + 1.30pm (Note change in printed time)
Saturday 29 November, 11.30am + 2pm 

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