Gemma Hirst

Daniel Bye: How Not to go VIRAL

Imagine you had missed your science lesson in biology and you find yourself in a fast-paced workshop educating you in all things cells. Previewing his Edinburgh Fringe Production, Going Viral (July 15) Daniel Bye educates the public in a lesson of how things spread. Based on previous research and topical issues on dangerous viruses, Bye […]

 

Review: The Town Hall @ Northern Stage

Review: The Town Hall @ Northern Stage

Little Rikjord. Big Ideas: badges with this slogan are given out on the door in addition to a black envelope marked “secret information – share with nobody”. This is The Town Meeting and the audience are the stars. Through the doors the participants are greeted by a mock-up community hall. A notice board sits in […]

 

Review: Great Northern Slam @ Northern Stage

Review: Great Northern Slam @ Northern Stage

The small room that is Stage 3 at Northern Stage filled with laughter and chatter as the audience prepared for the first poetry slam to be held at the venue. Poetry slams first began in Chicago, where it was felt that a competitive element would benefit the art form. In the Great Northern Slam, amateurs […]

 Gergana Ivanova

Mark Thomas: the comedian who took the police to court over surveillance

Mark Thomas: the comedian who took the police to court over surveillance

No one likes to feel nervous; when your hands are shaking, your mouth is dry and your stomach hurts from the fear of failure. But Mark Thomas, a journalist and a comedian, says it’s good to feel nervous. Even after 29 years on stage, he still feels nervous. Being a journalist and a comedian might […]

 Gergana Ivanova

A Lyrical Dance Concert comes to the Maltings Theatre in Berwick

A Lyrical Dance Concert comes to the Maltings Theatre in Berwick

Gillie Kleiman, of Geordie origins, comes back to Newcastle after touring the UK to perform a comedy with the help of Sarah Lindstrom and guest performer Eleanor Sikorski. This is a party, a cabaret, a gig, an experimental performance or, maybe, A Lyrical Dance Concert, all in one. With borrowed music, lyrics and dances, the […]

 Gergana Ivanova

Mark Thomas' Cuckooed at Northern Stage

Mark Thomas' Cuckooed at Northern Stage

  Multi-award winner Mark Thomas tells a story of betrayal by a friend as well as hidden secrets in his one-man show Cuckooed. The five star, critically acclaimed show is a tale of hubris, demos, planes and undercover deceit. Mark Thomas explains how Britain’s largest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, have spied on him and five […]

 Tor Bainbridge

The Suggestibles come to Northern Stage

The Suggestibles come to Northern Stage

A stage show which uses no scripts is back with a Christmas themed panto. The Suggestibles are a Newcastle based improv group made up of comedy actors. The group react to audience suggestions and create spontaneous scenes, skits, stories, sketches and songs. The nature of the improv means every show is different. The actors simply use […]

 Rebecca Leighton-Cox

REVIEW: Antigone @ Northern Stage – A triumph of a Greek tragedy

REVIEW: Antigone @ Northern Stage – A triumph of a Greek tragedy

Roy Williams’ adaption of Sophocles’ Antigone opened its curtains at the Northern Stage in Newcastle with a modern, comedic twist. The modern re-telling of the Ancient Greek play shifted its focus from Greek Royalty to inner city gangs. The play starts with Creon (Renamed Creo by Williams), swaggering on stage after the recent gang war, which […]

 

Newcastle organisations to benefit from Cultural Investment Fund

Newcastle organisations to benefit from Cultural Investment Fund

A number of Newcastle’s arts venues will receive almost £1.5million in grants from the Cultural Investment Fund set up by the council. Northern Stage, the Tyneside Cinema, Live Theatre and fourteen other organisations successfully applied for the grants, which were set up in the wake of Newcastle City Council’s highly controversial decision to scrap their […]

 

Fun Palaces – Free theatre, art, science and workshops come to the North East

Fun Palaces – Free theatre, art, science and workshops come to the North East

In 1961, theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price came up with an idea of a “laboratory of fun”, or “a university of the streets”. It was to be a temporary and movable home of the arts and sciences that would welcome children and adults alike. This wasn’t possible in 1961, but with all […]