Coming to Washington in spring 2022

Published: 13 January 2022
Reporter: Peter Lathan

These Hills Are Ours
I, Elizabeth
Stitch in Time
Hold On, Let Go

Arts Centre Washington has announced its programme of performances, workshops and group activities through to March and beyond. Theatre and dance performances are:

3 March @ 7:30
These Hills Are Ours
Writer Daniel Bye, and Chumbawamba founder member, Boff Whalley, come together to celebrate in words and music their love of running the hills around the venues where they perform.

17 March @ 7:30
I, Elizabeth
Produced by Dyad Productions
1568: At a vital crossroads in history a young Queen steps from the shadows to unburden herself of her many troubles and reveal her innermost thoughts on marriage, succession, religion, war and the challenges to her throne. This is Elizabeth I, Queen at 25, political phoenix and famously unmarried. Rebecca Vaughan shows us the woman beneath the image.

30 March @ 1:30
Stitch In Time: A Knitting Cabaret
A scintillating afternoon of the lost knitting songs of WWI and WWII from Canada, Britain, America and France, performed by Melanie Gall. Audiences are invited to bring their own knitting!

14 April @ 11:00 and 2:00
The Boy and the Seahorse
By Benjamin Storey
A folktale is set in 1899 which follows a young sailor as he embarks on an epic adventure at sea to become a legendary seahorse rider of the River Tyne, heroically protecting seafarers and riverside workers from danger and helping his family through the toughest winter the North East has ever seen! (Suitable for age 7+)

5 May @ 7:30
Hold On, Let Go
Alex is 56. Luca is half his age.
Alex has an encyclopaedia in his head. Luca has one on her phone.
Alex can’t recall his mother’s voice or most of the 1980s. But he can instantly bring to mind his mother’s cooking and his family’s stories of the Spanish Civil War.
Luca worries that she can’t remember the important stuff – things that might make the world a better place. Her journey sucks her into a black hole crammed full of everything she’s ever forgotten.

26 May @ 7:30
Girls, Girls, Girls
Uncaged Aerial present a night of spectacular aerial theatre; 3 women, 3 solos, 3 experiences. Each performer has delved into their personal experience and have asked themselves, “What is it like to be a woman?”

9 June @ 7:30
A Way Home
By Christina Castling
1951. A third of County Durham’s villages are classified as ‘D’, no longer worthy of investment. Expected to die quietly they refuse to go without a fight.
Rooted in stories and memories of those who called those D villages home, a county-wide fight lasting over 25 years becomes a 12-month journey at Bet’s kitchen table as her family grapple with identity, loss and belonging.

25 June at 11:00 and 2:00
Hedge
The D Project
Immersive dance theatre, costumes, props and puppetry tell the tale of a young hedgehog waking up from hibernation to find the world is not as it once was. A show which encourages children to explore their surroundings and be brave in the face of uncertainty. (Suitable for ages 4+)