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Circled in the Radio Times

22 March 2018

The new storytelling show from John Osborne (creator of John Peel's Shed) about how finding an old collection of copies of the Radio Times leads to him piecing together the life of the previous owner, and looks at the changing nature of the way all of us watch television.

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24 March 2018

You say to me...
Your brain is broken. It's like an adult's brain that doesn't work properly.
I say to you….
My brain isn’t broken. It’s beautiful.

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The Pantaloons present...

War of the Worlds

06 April 2018

"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's."

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Matchbox Theatre... A Bunch of Amateurs

13 April 2018 - 14 April 2018

By Nick Newman & Ian Hislop
An amateur production by Matchbox Theatre
Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steel arrives in England to play King Lear at Stratford only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard but some sleepy Suffolk village.  And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judie Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear! 

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Common Chorus in association with Little Mighty present...

If I Say Jump

19 April 2018

Jenny’s a vicar. But she’s got problems. Her creepy ex-husband keeps sending her flowers and won’t sign the divorce papers. The church hall is being renovated by a dodgy builder, who’s being investigated by the police. And her best friend Danny has turned up in the vestry with a gun.

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Jonny & the Baptists: The World is a Mess, Here are Some Songs

27 April 2018

It's very hard to tour topical material these days. For multi-award-nominated musical comedy stars Jonny & the Baptists, it's been a real nightmare. Every time they try to write something silly about the world, the world does something even sillier.

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Rhum and Clay Theatre Company and Kit Redstone present...


03 May 2018

What does it mean to be a man or a woman?
Is gender innate or is it nurtured?
Kit is in an amusing and unique position, having transitioned from female to male in his early thirties, he has experienced adult life on both sides of the gender fence, giving him the opportunity to notice what differences there are in how he is treated by society - what he gains and what he loses by becoming a man. However, his biggest challenge comes when he enters a male gym changing room for the first time and is confronted by masculinity in all its forms - the good, the bad and the ugly. What kind of man will he be when he finishes changing?

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The University of Sunderland present...

SUNFEST... Hamlet

10 May 2018

Sunfest - The University of Sunderland’s drama department take over Arts Centre Washington to present classic and contemporary texts.
An imaginative retelling of Shakespeare’s story about the Princeof Denmark. Having lost his father, Hamlet is shocked to find his mother Gertrude has been remarried to his uncle Claudius; his dead father’s brother. Their ‘foul incest marriage’, Hamlet’s tortured relationship with his mother, a visitation from his father’s ghost, and his quest to avenge his father’s murder leads Hamlet on apath of revenge with some significant consequences.

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The University of Sunderland present...

SUNFEST... Thorns of Time

16 May 2018

Sunfest - The University of Sunderland’s drama department take over Arts Centre Washington to present classic and contemporary texts.
16 May 1998, Durham. We join a group of children at Olivia’s 10th birthday party. No one was to foresee the tragedy that was to unfold and the trauma that will follow them into adulthood. We see relationships blossom and die, mental illnesses take control and how the group of friends deal with seeing each other 20 years later. 

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The University of Sunderland present...

SUNFEST... Shutd0wn / The Photographs We’re Taking Now

18 May 2018

Sunfest - The University of Sunderland’s drama department take over Arts Centre Washington to present classic and contemporary texts.
A double bill of new writing

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Dyad Productions present...

Austen’s Women

23 May 2018

From the creators of Jane Eyre: An Autobiography comes another 5-star international hit.
Thirteen of Jane Austen’s heroines come to life in this bold revisiting of some of literature’s most celebrated works.  In this much-loved Edinburgh sell-out hit, using only Austen’s words, Rebecca Vaughan (Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, Christmas Gothic, Dalloway, I, Elizabeth, Female Gothic) becomes Emma Woodhouse, Lizzy Bennet, Mrs Norris, Miss Bates and nine other beautifully observed women in critical moments from Austen’s major novels (including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma) and lesser known or unfinished works. Directed by Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson (Morecambe). 

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Canny Craic Theatre Company present...

The Butcher’s Bill

22 June 2018

A drama, set in No Man's Land during World War1, the Butcher's Bill explores the world of three unlikely companions, thrown together by circumstances and fate.  

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Cap-a-Pie theatre company in partnership with Durham University present...

Woven Bones

05 July 2018

Written by Laura Lindow
When human remains were found in Durham in 2013, archaeologists discovered that they belonged to the Scottish Soldiers - prisoners of war from the 1650 Battle of Dunbar who were marched to Durham and imprisoned in the then-disused Cathedral and Castle.

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