Throughout the summer Northern Stage has been inviting people to get Out on the Toon, with free outdoor events across the region to reconnect artists and audiences in their local neighbourhoods, and a pop-up outdoor theatre in Leazes Park offering free theatre, comedy, music and family shows.
Now from 12-15 August, Paines Plough’s Roundabout comes to Harbottle Park in Byker as part of Northern Stage’s ongoing work with the local community, ahead of the city centre theatre opening at the end of August.
Roundabout is Paines Plough’s award-winning portable in-the-round auditorium and 2021 will see it return for the seventh consecutive year.
Opening with Welcome to Byker – a live version of Northern Stage Young Company’s Byker Audio Stories inspired by people living on the Byker Wall estate, the programme also includes Roundabout’s first ever musical, Black Love by Chinonyerem Odimba; Really Big and Really Loud by award-winning family playwright Phoebe Eclair-Powell;
Hungry – a new play about food, love, class and grief by Chris Bush; Drag Me to Love by North East drag cabaret trio Bonnie & the Bonnettes; a rehearsed reading of Curious Monkey’s HERE by Lindsay Rodden – set in Byker, it’s about finding sanctuary in the unlikeliest of places and was originally due to open at Northern Stage in March 2020; What’s In the Box? – a make up your own adventure show for families from improv company The Suggestibles; and Byker Best Summer Ever – a free summer activity programme developed with and for young people.
Roundabout is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and has been additionally supported by the Theatre’s Trust.
Northern Stage will reopen from 25 August with a Housewarming programme that opens with a new Unfolding Theatre show co-created with children and includes the first production Artistic Director Natalie Ibu will direct for Northern Stage.
Tickets start from £10 – book online at northernstage.co.uk or call the box office on 0191 230 5151.
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