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M6 present...


13 February 2016

A tadpole catching competition challenges a superhero duo to overcome rivalry and harness their strengths. Working as team, can they save the world…together?

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Cap-a-Pie present...

The Town Meeting

03 March 2016

Your town is teetering on the brink. Imminent destruction looms and time is running out to have your say…
Welcome to our town, a small, remote, picturesque mining town.

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Analogue present...


10 March 2016 - 11 March 2016

A Boeing 777 begins its descent towards Heathrow. The wheels unfold out of the belly of the plane.  The frozen body of a stowaway is tipped out and cuts through the clear morning sky.

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The Suggestibles

26 March 2016

If you like ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ you’ll love the Suggestibles. Their two-hour improv-comedy joyride, made-up of spontaneous scenes, stories, skits and songs all based on audience suggestions, including ‘Aspects of …’ The Suggestibles’ ingenious improvised musical in the second half, will have your tear-ducts in overdrive. They’re theatrical, wildly irreverent, and be warned – totally uncensored.

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The Pantaloons present...

The (Almost) Complete History of Britain

06 April 2016

Mud, blood and stiff upper-lips! A breathless race through the centuries, this delightfully inventive show sees the whole story of our country told in less than two hours!

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Unlimited Theatre Company present...

Play Dough

14 April 2016

What is money? Did you know you can make it with the power of your imagination?
Play Dough is a playfully interactive game show where you can play with 10,000 real pound coins!

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Baby Love Productions present...

Baby Love

21 April 2016

Shelley and Darren sing sixties songs to declining crowds in North Eastern club-land.  It may be all Sonny and Cher onstage, but offstage the cracks are starting to show.  Shelley’s need for a baby is taking her over as Darren refuses to make a commitment. They love each other but can they work it out? After all, even the Beatles split up in the end! 

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Sunfest... New Blood

05 May 2016

Sunfest … The University of Sunderland’s drama department take over Arts Centre Washington presenting a range of classic and contemporary texts.

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Sunfest... New Blood

07 May 2016

Sunfest … The University of Sunderland’s drama department take over Arts Centre Washington presenting a range of classic and contemporary texts.

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Sunfest... Juno and the Paycock

12 May 2016 - 13 May 2016

Sunfest … The University of Sunderland’s drama department take over Arts Centre Washington presenting a range of classic and contemporary texts.

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Sunfest... The Plough and the Stars

14 May 2016

by Sean O’Casey
'The Plough and the Stars' was the banner of the Irish Citizen Army during the Easter Rising in 1916. Ten years later O'Casey's new play sparked off riots in Dublin. The story has been told not as in history books, but through the eyes of ordinary people inhabiting a Dublin tenement. O'Casey's masterpiece paints a vivid portrait of a city and a nation in turmoil.

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Sunfest... The Country Wife

19 May 2016 - 21 May 2016

by William Wycherley
A play reflective of a new era—the "Restoration"—which followed an eleven-year period of harsh Puritanical rule under Oliver Cromwell. Full of banter and repartee, The Country Wife makes fun of the way people behave in public. A comedy romp of manners, intrigue and frivolity.

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Sunfest... King Lear

26 May 2016

A kingdom is divided on a whim, a King loses first his family, then his throne and then his mind. In the gathering storm, families divide, friendships are tested and loyalties are betrayed.

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Sunfest... The Tempest

28 May 2016

A storm strikes a ship. Lightning cracks and the mariners cry that they have been hit. On land Prospero and Miranda watch as everyone prepares to sink.  Exiled 12 years earlier on a mystical Mediterranean island, Prospero has spent time perfecting magic. When a powerful sea-tempest shipwrecks his former adversaries, they are tricked and tormented by magic to hilarious effect.

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Stan’s Cafe present...

Made Up

02 June 2016 - 03 June 2016

On a film set, in a Winnebago, Kate a young film star is being made up. She’s beautiful but scared. She’s on the edge, acting in front of the camera and making up stories in her private life. Sue is applying the make-up and attempting to cover up the cracks, she is older and possibly wiser but on the edge herself, with a host of unresolved issues and people she needs to make up with. This time together may be their one chance to make things right; they are made up to have found each other.

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Operating Theatre present...

State of the Nation

09 June 2016

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. – Margaret Mead
“What do you believe in? A society that looks after all of its citizens, that treats them as equals? Get real. We can’t go on thinking we can fix everyone. Be honest, would you really shed a tear if there were fewer of us around? Would you really mourn the loss of some of the people that clog up the system, that drain valuable resources, that refuse to help themselves?”

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Cloud 9 Theatre Company present...

The End of the Pier

23 June 2016

Edith and Lionel Bosh (The Lovebirds) are a music hall double act. Married for 25 years, their only desire now is to kill each other.  As they approach the last night of their run marooned at the end of a pier in a godforsaken Edwardian Theatre their plans to dispatch each other are thrown into chaos by an unforeseen arrival.  The End of the Pier is a trip back in time to when the world turned at a different pace and murder was an art - if you got it right.

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