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Sofie Hagen: Banglord
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A stand-up and storytelling show about sexual frustration, accidentally hiring a sex worker, salacious celebrity affairs and plans of world domination.

???? ‘You’re in safe hands with a seasoned standup like Hagen’ – (i Newspaper)

???? ‘An entertaining hour that roams just about everywhere tonally’ – (Fest Mag)

???? ‘A banger of a show…Hagen at the top of her game’ – (Entertainment Now)

Age recommendation: 16+

Abigail's Party
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A Northern Stage, Rose Theatre, Colchester Mercury Theatre and ETT co-production

Beverly, the queen of suburbia, is hosting a cocktail party.

Next door, 15-year-old Abigail is throwing a party of her own.

No one can stop talking about Abigail’s party. No one can stop thinking about Abigail’s party.

Something must be done about Abigail’s party.

Welcome to Mike Leigh’s cult-classic comedy – prepare to see it like never before.

This is the party to end all parties, and you’re all invited. Please RSVP.

Supported by a grant from The Royal Theatrical Support Trust.

Recommended for ages 12+

Abigail's Party
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A Northern Stage, Rose Theatre, Colchester Mercury Theatre and ETT co-production

Beverly, the queen of suburbia, is hosting a cocktail party.

Next door, 15-year-old Abigail is throwing a party of her own.

No one can stop talking about Abigail’s party. No one can stop thinking about Abigail’s party.

Something must be done about Abigail’s party.

Welcome to Mike Leigh’s cult-classic comedy – prepare to see it like never before.

This is the party to end all parties, and you’re all invited. Please RSVP.

Supported by a grant from The Royal Theatrical Support Trust.

The Bar at the Edge of Time
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A Frozen Light production

The glasses are polished, the lights are down low, and time will be hopping.

The Bar at the Edge of Time waits only for you, so what are you waiting for?

Leave the hours, minutes, and seconds behind, step across the threshold and meet the bar’s maestro mixologists, crooners, and hosts. But a mystery lies at the heart of this place, a mystery hidden even from them. One that can only be solved when we spend our time together.

A multi-sensory spectacular for audiences with profound multiple learning disabilities.

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Age Guidance: 16+
The show is set in a cocktail bar, with alcoholic drinks on offer for audience members over the age of 18. Although the show has been created for adults, younger audiences are very welcome to attend and non-alcoholic drinks are available.

Please Right Back
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Combining handcrafted animation and bold storytelling, Please Right Back sweeps audiences in a magical, mischievous world, inspired by a true story.

Kim and Davey’s Dad, Mr E, has disappeared. When Mr E writes to his children to tell them what has happened, his imagination takes over. Reality collides with fantasy, as we travel on a fast-paced journey through his wild adventure stories.

Mr E’s letters are staged using song, dance, and absurd, subversive animations, as his stories become a kind of game between him and his children – a cathartic release in the face of distress.

Part social realism, part science fiction with a healthy dose of mischief and a dash of dystopia. Please Right Back is a eulogy to the power of the imagination, storytelling and make believe.

“Anyone interested in theatre should see this company now.” The Observer

“1927 conjure a world so complete it feels as if you’ve fallen down a rabbit hole.” Guardian

Suitable for ages 10+
The show explores a father figure leaving the family home and being in prison. It is dealt with real sensitivity and lightness of touch.

Inua Ellams: Search Party
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BornLippy presents

A man walks into a room with his life in his hands. He is the internationally acclaimed artist and playwright Inua Ellams (Barber Shop Chronicles, The Half God of Rainfall) and he has filled thousands of pages in an ongoing attempt to be heard, to give his genius wings that can travel. Every word he’s ever written is captured, all the poems and plays and essays, the drafts of projects abandoned and works as yet unknown, indexed, rendered as binary, and waiting patiently within the confines of the electronic tablet he’s holding even now.

Prompted by audience suggestion and open conversation, Ellams searches through his archive, unearths refined or raw gold, and presents his treasure in a spontaneous performance.

Search Party is an act of call and response that hearkens back to the birth of storytelling. At this uniquely futuristic and puckishly chaotic interactive event, the artist couldn’t be more present. He’s inviting you to join the work. What do you say?

Age Guidance: 14+

Bullring Techno Makeout Jamz
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Ellie Keel Productions and Paines Plough presents Nathan Queeley-Dennis in Bullring Techno Makeout Jamz.

Trim? Fresh.
Skin? Glowing.
Vibes? Immaculate.

Nathaniel is a serious romantic who sees love as a fine art. He’s looking for the Mona Lisa to his da Vinci, and tonight is the night: his date with Destiny…’s Child.

Winner of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2022, Nathan Queeley-Dennis’ debut play is a love letter to Birmingham, exploring Black masculinity through Beyonce lyrics, techno raves and the deeply intimate relationship between a man and his barber. Directed by Dermot Daly.

From Ellie Keel Productions, winner of The Stage Awards 2024: Producer of the Year, whose recent work includes the Olivier Award-nominated The Swell by Isley Lynn.

Age Guidance: 14+
This production contains strong language.

Omid Djalili: Namaste
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The Persian comedy powerhouse performs his critically acclaimed new show Namaste, where Omid peacefully bows to his inner anger and unleashes a torrent of comedic vitriol upon the current state of this dangerously messed up planet.

No government gets a green card. No tyrant avoids a take down. No audience member leaves the theatre with an ounce of laughter left in them.

You have been warned.

“So hysterically funny and at the same time so poignant and powerful that calling it stand-up barely does it justice.” – Michael Levin, Huffington Post.

Age Guidance: 16+
Contains strong language.

An Evening Without Kate Bush
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John Mackay presents An Evening Without Kate Bush

Returning to Northern Stage after selling out in 2023!

Howl with the Hounds of Love and dance on the moors with Wuthering Heights!

She’s not there – but you are.

Whether you’ve been a fan for decades or recently joined the shoal via the Stranger Things phenomenon, there has never been a better time to release your inner Bush and celebrate at this joyful, unique and mind-blowing show.??

Following its sold-out, critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe première, London seasons, UK and Australian tours this smash-hit, award-winning show is back! Sarah-Louise Young and co-creator Russell Lucas pay glorious homage to the music, fans, and mythology of one of the most influential voices in British music.

Age Guidance: 10+ (suitable for families with older children)

Shock Horror
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A Shock Horror Productions Ltd production

Thunder Road Theatre

A nightmare is about to break free…

Herbert grew up in the Metropol. The eerie old cinema was his playground and prison – a place where endless late-night horror films were his only window to the world.

Forbidden from leaving by his disturbed parents, Herbert hid in its shadows and gorged on its movies. But what lurked in the Metropol’s darkness? And how did he manage to escape?

Now Herbert’s back at the abandoned cinema, searching for answers to long-buried questions. But for him, and for you, the real horror has only just begun…

Inspired by classic theatre ghost stories and cinema’s greatest frights, Shock Horror is a chilling journey into a haunted past. Combining live performance and big-screen action, it’s full of shivers, shrieks and shocking revelations.

Because we love a good horror film, don’t we? Until we realise we’re all alone in the dark…

Age Guidance: 12+
This production contains haze, smoke, spark effects, flashing lights and loud noises.

The Long Run
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A Grace Dickson Productions production

A captivating, joyful comedy about love, cancer and really long journeys.

When Katie’s mum is diagnosed with bowel cancer her life grinds to a stop. But when she meets an elderly man in a radiotherapy waiting room corridor – everything changes.

One in two of us will get cancer in our lifetimes. It can happen to anyone. People who run the marathon… They’ve only got themselves to blame.

Created by writer-performer Katie Arnstein and directed by New Diorama Artistic Director Bec Martin, The Long Run is a tender, emotionally rich – and frequently hilarious – story about human connection, cancer diagnosis, and long-distance running.

Nominated: OffWestEnd Award for Best Performance Piece 2023

Age Guidance: 12+
This production contain strong language.

Shaparak Khorsandi: Scatterbrain
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An Impatient Productions production

Having reassessed her life through the prism of an ADHD diagnosis in last year’s funny and moving memoir, one of Britain’s most beloved and most scatterbrained stand-ups lets you back into her mind (warning: it’s cluttered in there). Among other things, this show will be a love-letter to letter-writing, a trip back through her early years as a comic and woman-about-town, and a whirlwind tour of a chaotic, hilarious brain.

“She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency” Guardian
“Has the crowd in the palm of her hand” The List
“Makes live comedy thrilling” Evening Standard
“I laughed all the way through and left inspired” Funny Women

Age Guidance: 14+

Ginger Johnson Blows Off!
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Join comedian, crash mat and winner of Drag Race UK Ginger Johnson as she swaps her stilettos for safety goggles and takes a death-defying leap from the runway to the real world.

Expect big hair, big heart and big laughs as Britain’s ditziest daredevil takes on her biggest challenge yet and asks the question: just how far will she go for a round of applause?

Bursting with stunning looks and cunning stunts, GINGER JOHNSON BLOWS OFF! is a hilarious new show about taking risks, pushing yourself and living up to expectations.

Not for the faint of fart.

“Brilliant, bizarre and completely unmissable!” Time Out

“Packed with laughs.” The Stage

Age recommendation: 14+
This show contains strong language and audience participation.

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Originally co-produced by Alphabetti

Danielle Slade, Stan Hodgson, and Susan Mulholland

Raven Varmint has a wild heart. It allows her to roar, explore, cry, get twigs stuck in her hair…but it also makes her complicated. And forbidden.

From the moment Raven was born, her family were forced to live as Shadows, never to be seen or heard again. She has never known why, but on the eve of her tenth birthday, strange feelings begin to bubble inside her, and she follows her wild heart away from the safety she has always known.

Join Raven on a journey of bravery and discovery as she begins to understand her feelings, learns how to regulate them, and breaks out of the shadows into the beauty and freedom of her wild-hearted self.

A beautiful and mischievous show for 5-11 year olds and their adults, filled with live music, puppetry, and a talking gargoyle. Wild hearts encouraged.

Age guidance: 5-11 (contains a dry ice machine, live music with drumming and references to mental health)

Content Guidance:
- Mental health in young people – specifically regulating big emotional responses such as anger and anxiety.
- Characters experience mild peril and distress.
- Dry ice machine
- Live music (with drum) played throughout.

Santi & Naz
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A The Thelmas Production

Created by Guleraana Mir & Madelaine Moore

Written by Guleraana Mir and afshan d’souza-lodhi

Santi and Naz are bestest-best friends living in a village in pre-partition India. One Sikh, one Muslim; they have little understanding of how religion will divide them.

As partition draws closer, the girls remain oblivious to the spreading social unrest and violence. They’re too busy stealing books, swimming in the lake and spying on Rahul (the local hottie). When Naz is betrothed to a tailor from the soon-to-be capital of Pakistan the threat of separation for the young women looms on the horizon. Bound by their love for each other we learn how far they will go to avoid the inevitable.

Santi & Naz explores female friendship, coming of age and coming out set against the backdrop of a country soon to be changed forever.

Recipient of the Fringe Society’s Keep It Fringe Fund and Winner of the Charlie Hartill Fund 2023

Age Guidance: 12+
Contains references to violence, religious and political unrest, religious and political violence, Empire & colonisation, forced marriage, murder and sexual assault.

Snow White: The Sacrifice
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A Ballet Lorent Ltd production

The classic fairy tale of Snow White is?re-imagined?into a savage and captivating adaptation.?Delving into the psyche of a desperate Queen enslaved to her?own?harsh?reflection,?a tragic story?unfolds brimming with cruelty, envy, and acts of heroism. This is a?tale?of?a woman’s?dread of aging, and her battle against obscurity through?enacting?monstrous fantasies.

Directed by Liv Lorent, the production features twelve extraordinary?performers?adorned?in stunning costumes by Nasir Mazhar and Libby El-Alfy. Retold by Carol Ann Duffy with?music?composed?by Murray Gold,?set?within?Phil Eddolls’?stage design?and?lit?by Malcolm Rippeth.

Age Guidance: 16+
Content Warning: violence, nudity/sexual scenes, strong language.

Snow White
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A Ballet Lorent Ltd production

In our family friendly?version of Snow White,?seven?courageous miners?graft for?a world of?opulence?enjoyed by the Queen and her beautiful daughter, Snow?White.?The Queen’s quest for eternal beauty leads her into darkness, driven by her need to be the most desired at any cost.

This dance theatre production directed by Liv Lorent?features twelve extraordinary?performers??adorned?in stunning costumes by Libby El-Alfa and?Nasir Mazhar. Retold by Carol Ann Duffy and?narrated by Lindsay Duncan with music by Murray Gold. Set?within?Phil Eddolls’?stage design?and lit?by Malcolm Rippeth.

Age Guidance: 5+

Bright Places
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Carbon Theatre, in association with Birmingham Rep

Written by Rae Mainwaring

Directed by Tessa Walker

I was 23 when it came crashing into my life; without warning, when everything was going so well, just when I was really, really happy…

?A three-woman, one-woman show about Multiple Sclerosis, MS for short, not to be confused with M&S or S&M.

With 90s pop, a costume box and a whole heap of glitter, Bright Places is a darkly funny and deeply honest autobiographical story about growing up in the shadow of chronic illness.

Ages 12+
The production contains swearing, strobes and flashing lights. Many references to illness (specifically MS) to medical procedures and to disability and ableism as well as moments of distress and upset.

Yippee Ki Yay
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James Seabright presents

Yippee Ki Yay
(the parody celebration of Die Hard)
by Richard Marsh

Acclaimed retelling of classic film Die Hard from Richard Marsh-Fringe First-winner, London poetry slam champion, BBC Audio Drama Best Scripted Comedy Drama award-winner and New York cop (one of these is untrue).

When gunmen seize an LA skyscraper, off-duty policeman John McClane is the hostages’ only hope. This uplifting action romp (and unauthorised parody) celebrates the iconic 80s festive favourite while also telling the personal story of a life-long Die Hard fan. Essential viewing for Hans Gruber connoisseurs and newcomers alike.

Content warning: divorce, foot trauma, German terrorists

“Whether you’re a Die Hard fan or not, it guarantees happy trails.”
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“Epically entertaining show is a love letter to a masterpiece.”
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“Playful, inventive… genius creation.”
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Age Guidance: 14+

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A Kitchen Zoo production in association with Northern Stage

Beneath the Christmassy moon, under the snowy mountains, amongst a flock of woolly sheep, Jack is bored. Bored of watching sheep, bored of counting sheep but, most importantly, bored of sheep!

Down in the village, just a whisper of a wolf will cause a panic…

Join us for a wintery adventure and find out what happens when Jack cries WOLF!

With original music, puppetry and a tale you thought you knew, from the makers of The Three Bears.

Inspired by Aesop’s fable.

For under 5s but all welcome.

A Christmas Carol
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A Northern Stage Production

Adapted by Karen Louise Hebden
Directed by Natalie Ibu

Ding, dong, ding, dong, the bells are ringing because Scrooge is coming to Newcastle – and he’s meaner and greedier than ever. Bah Humbug!

Is it too late for Scrooge to change his miserly ways? Can a magical midnight visit to Christmases past, present and future help him to discover the true meaning of Christmas?

Charles Dickens’ classic story of ghosts, greed and goodwill will fill our stage with festive magic, music and merriment.

Northern Stage’s A Christmas Carol is the story you know and love (complete with all the trimmings) and will warm the hearts of the whole family.

Recommended for ages 5+

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Northern Stage is the largest producing theatre company in the North East of England, and we are very pleased that we are regarded as one of the top-twelve producing theatres in the UK.

Besides producing our own work, we are dedicated to presenting the best in local, national and international theatre. Since reopening in 2006 we have hosted the likes of Frantic Assembly, Kneehigh Theatre, Headlong Theatre, DV8 Physical Theatre, The Opera Group, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Our Creative Residencies programme gives resources to local theatre-makers to develop and present their work in our theatre and frequently you'll find emerging and developing artists using our spaces and creating work throughout the venue. For more details on our artists programmes and our work with schools, universities, young people and communities visit Take Part. [Image credit: Northern Stage]

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