February 9th, 2022
💬 In Person
If you’ve been paying attention to our social media, then you’ll have seen us promoting Tell Arts’ debut event. This Friday, 11th February, our adaption of Sam Steiner’s play ’Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons’ premiers at Micklegate Social. This show is available both on stage and on screen with live-stream tickets available. We know the importance of access to the arts, and with this new venture, we hope to make quality art productions available in those regions that have traditionally been neglected of such opportunities. So, this week, in the run-up to our own show, we have collated for you a programme of some of the theatre productions coming up in the North over next the coming months.
Shows for the Family
If you’re looking for something suitable to watch with younger people then there’s a selection of shows on offer both virtually and in person.
📱 Moving Parts Arts, based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, have the full stream of their show ‘Tyne Rising’ available on their website. Directed by Andrew Kim, this show was produced as part of the Moving Parts festival and combines puppetry, mystical entities and carnival-style spectacle.
📱 Also, available online is Fidget Theatre’s three-part series ‘Pirate Bonnie’. All of which can be streamed on YouTube. This show is appropriate for 3-7 year-olds with an interest in stories of pirating and jolly songs. To find out more about Pirate Bonnie visit their website.
📱 York’s own Riding Lights theatre company have made a few of their latest shows available to watch online. For the children, they have ‘The Selfish Giant’ to rent for £7 for the entire week!
💬 For those who are looking to take the family on a day out, 509 Arts are currently staging their show ‘Meal One’ until 26th February. This show is based on the children’s book of the same name by Ivor Cutler and comes with free learning resources. The show is touring a range of venues including Hull, Leicester, Bradford and Ipswich.
Looking for a Classic?
📱 For the lover of classical theatre, there are a couple of options. Firstly, Riding Lights have provided access to watch the entirety of their adaption of Shakespeare’s ‘Pericles, Prince of Tyre’ through their website so for just over £10 you can watch from the comfort of your own home.
💬 However, if you’d prefer to see some Shakespeare in person, then Northern Broadsides have their ‘As You Like It’ tour with dates extending from 4th February to 2nd July. This is their 30th-anniversary production with a focus on love and nature. Leeds, Salford, Lancaster and Doncaster are some of the locations on their tour.
Historically, the theatre has been an incredible medium for spreading both social and political awareness. For the theatre activist, lockdown didn't quiet the need to create important work.
📱 The collective ’Unsung’ took the opportunity to create ‘Unsung - The Radio Play’ written by Lisa Holdsworth. The radio play is available on popular audio streaming sites, and is free to listen to with the encouragement to donate to Leeds women's aid. The play can be found over on their website and portrays stories that ask “why women’s achievements have been relegated to the footnotes of history”.
📱 Similarly, Workie Ticket released their ‘Womxn Up?’ podcast during lockdown which can be found on a range of streaming platforms. This podcast presents a range of audio plays about women from the North East of England with more mature content. Workie Ticket have also, more recently, released Primal Scream on YouTube. Be sure to visit their website for more information.
💬 For an in-person, live show Slung Low have a couple of spoken word performances coming up this month. ‘Too Pretty to Punch’ and ‘How To Be a Better Human’ are both showing live at their venue in Holbeck on February 12th and 19th respectively. Visit their website to get your tickets!
Something a Little Different
💬 For the avant-guarde lover, The Paper Birds are presenting their newest show ‘Ask Me Anything’ in 2022. This will be an immersive, musical experience that explores a range of stories and themes based on a range of letters the company received from their patrons. This show will be touring venues such as Canterbury, Brighton, and Birmingham and the dates are yet to be confirmed, so keep an eye on their website and socials for updates.
If we haven’t given you enough recommendations already, here are a few you might like!
💬 Northern Stage are a company from Newcastle who are putting on their sci-fi show ‘The Invisible Man’ from February 1st to 19th. Directed by Anna Girvan, the production is visiting Blyth, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Hull and Lancaster as well as its hometown of Newcastle.
💬 Mind the Gap are an accessible theatre company presenting their show ‘Leave the Light On For Me’ in summer 2022. This is an outdoor show, currently booking for festivals, which explores themes of climate change.
💬 Bad Apple Theatre Company have their show ‘Elephant Rock’, a heartfelt comedy following the fight of a group to keep open the local treasure ‘The Palace Theatre’ alive. The show is touring from April to June of 2022.
💬 Off The Ground Theatre have yet to confirm the dates for their show ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ but we are excited for it come summer ‘22. The show depicts a king and his friends as they dedicate themselves to a life of study and avoiding beautiful women, however, ‘no sooner have they made their pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies in waiting to arrive!’
Not to worry if you’re more of a homebody, there are still more virtual theatre options so you can still get your fix!
📱 Just Out Theatre released the 'Just Out Stays In' series on their website webiste which presents a range of new writing by Northern-based creatives, including ‘Total Slag’ by Sophie Mitchell or ‘Accident of Birth’ by Trevor Suthers.
📱Coracle has also made their play ‘Pod’, produced in association with Alphabetti Theatre which is available virtually on PlayStream, for audiences who didn’t get a chance to see it live. Pod is written by Arabella Arnott and directed by Matt Jamie. Head on over to their website to discover this play about identity, grief and secrets.
We hope this virtual theatre programme has given you the inspiration to invest a bit of time and money into your local arts organisations in 2022. However, it would be criminal of us not to take this opportunity to promote our own upcoming production. Tell Arts’ adaption of Steiner’s ‘Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons’ premiers THIS Friday, the 11th February and tickets are selling out fast. Tickets to see the show live at Mickelgate Social in York are available for all three dates, with the option to watch a live stream of Sunday’s show. Book your tickets now using this link and get a chance to answer the question ‘What if there was a limit on how many words you could speak a day?’