New at Northern Stage

Published: 13 January 2013
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Blue Remembered Hills
Flock
Steptoe and Son

Newcastle’s Northern Stage, which is still without an Artistic Director / Chief Executive since the departure of Erica Whyman to the RSC at the end of December, has announced its January to June 2013 season:

  • From 30th January to 1st February Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe perform The Oh F**k Moment at 6pm and 8pm.
  • On 15th and 16th February Théâtre Sans Frontières in collaboration with Teatro Tamaska present Canarian Gold, in English, Spanish and French.
  • Eros and Psyche, a spoken word and sound performance by the Crick Crack Club, has one performance on 20th February.
  • Adapted by Carol Ann Duffy, balletLORENT’s production of Rapunzel plays for 21st to 23rd February with Duffy herself hosting An Evening with the Poet Laureate at 5.15 on 22nd.
  • Zendeh’s new work, Flock, a new fairytale inspired by The Conference of the Birds and Arab Uprisings of 2011, runs for 6th to 8th March.
  • First in Three, Northern Stage’s scratch night, is on 7th March (and 23rd May).
  • Kneehigh return to Newcastle with Steptoe and Son from 12th to 16th March
  • The Puppet Lab presents Each Peach Pear Plum for young children from 20th to 22nd March.
  • On 26th and 27th March Company Chameleon bring their dance work Pictures We Make to the theatre.
  • A Fuel and Royal Court co-production, The Victorian in the Wall written by Will Adamsdale, with Jason Barnett, Chris Branch, Matthew Steer & Melanie Wilson, runs on 9th and 10th April.
  • Northern Stage’s first major in-house production of the year, Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills, directed by Psyche Stott, will run in Stage 1 from 19th April to 11th May.
  • From 14th to 18th May Headlong returns with its production of Chekhov’s The Seagull.
  • Opera comes to Northern Stage on 31st May and 1st June in the form of the Opera Group and Opera North co-production of David Bruce’s opera based on Philip Pullman’s children’s novel,The Firework-Maker’s Daughter.
  • The Tamasha and Circus Space collaboration The Arrival is on 5th and 6th April.
  • The final production of the season, running from 4th to 6th June, will be A Wondrous Place, new stories about the North, presented by Northern Spirit in association with New Writing North, Northern Stage, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Sheffield Theatres, and the Unity Theatre and featuring plays by Luke Barnes, Alison Carr, Matt Hartley and Sarah McDonald Hughes.

Northern Stage also aims to support the next generation of theatre makers, by creating a new theatre company, NORTH, which brings together seven of the best performing arts graduates from the region to create “mischievous, bold and inventive” theatre that captures the spirit of a forward thinking North East.

It’s first production will run from 21st to 23rd March and the show title will be announced on 5th February.