Autumn 2017 at Northern Stage
Autumn at Northern Stage features ambitious new productions made in Newcastle alongside new shows from some of the UK’s most exciting and innovative theatre companies as well as international work which will tour venues in the North of England thanks to a unique new partnership. Plus comedy, dance, shows for families and young people and an eclectic programme in the intimate Stage 3 performance space.
|A Song for Ella Grey Photo: Mark Savage|
David Almond's story sets the Orpheus myth in teenage Tyneside, travelling from the beaches of Bamburgh to the bridges of Ouseburn. Hailed as one of the most important writers for this generation of young people, Tyneside author David Almond is the winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, Whitbread Book Award, Newbery Medal and, most recently, the Guardian children’s fiction prize. Previous stage adaptations include Skellig at Sage Gateshead and Miracle! An Opera of Two Halves at Sunderland Minster. The creative team also includes choreographer Martin Hylton (James & the Giant Peach, Northern Stage) and composer Mariam Rezaei (Beats North, Curious Monkey). Cast to be announced.
Based on a true story, The Suitcase (14-16 Sept) from The Market Theatre, Johannesburg explores issues of identity, migration, exile and celebration of the human spirit. Nominated in the New Director category in the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards for The Rosalie van der Gucht Prize, Director James Ngcobo saw enormous theatrical potential in this poignant and emotive story and so adapted it for the stage from a short story by Es’kia Mphahlele. Featuring live music composed and written by Hugh Masekela, it’s a story never more relevant to our time. The project was inspired by Hull Truck Theatre’s visit to South Africa in 2015 as part of a group of delegates to promote artistic exchange between the North East of England and the Eastern Cape of South Africa, funded by the Swallows Foundation. The Suitcase brings together a unique partnership of venues enabling international work to be performed on five northern stages.
The show will have its UK premiere at Hull Truck Theatre in September 2017 as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s Freedom season before touring to Newcastle, Derby, Lancaster and Liverpool.
|Man to Man Photo: Polly Thomas|
|The Wipers Times Photo: Alastair Muir|
Returning to his native North East after directing the world premiere of Ravi Shankar’s only opera, Sukanya at the Royal Opera House, Suba Das directs Pink Sari Revolution (31 Oct – 4 Nov) - a Curve, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production in association with English Touring Theatre. Fusing drama, music and movement, Pink Sari Revolution reveals the real cost of making a stand in this true story based on the book by internationally renowned journalist Amana Fontanella Khan about her meetings with Sampat Pal.
Visiting companies also include Fuel Theatre who return to Newcastle to present a brand new show from Gyre and Gimble (War Horse, National Theatre) written by Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase, Kneehigh). A cautionary tale for adults and older children, families and schools The Hartlepool Monkey (10-14 Oct) is an adventurous story with sea shanties and puppetry based on the 200 year old legend.
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Tickets for most shows start at £10 and will go on general sale on 15 June, or to members via a new membership scheme from 5 June. For full details or to book tickets see www.northernstage.co.ukor call the box office on 0191 230 5151.