Twist is a re-imagined, contemporary, play written by Abigail Oliver and Holly-Rose Kneller, based on the time-honoured Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. A classic story was brought into the modern era, staying true to the original story that we all know and love, with a unique ‘twist’. (sorry…) The set was really simple, and yet […]

The multi-award winning Matilda The Musical is touring across the UK and it’s currently showing at the Sunderland Empire! Spark sent Abbie Burgess along to get her thoughts on the show… Matilda is an extraordinary girl whose talents are constantly belittled by her cruel parents and headmistress. Dreaming of a better life for herself, she […]

Rehearsals are in full swing for a community play written in celebration of South Tyneside’s greatest year. The Day Muhammad Ali came to South Shields runs from Tuesday, March 6, to Saturday, March 10, at The Customs House in South Shields. It has been written by David Cooke and Grahame Wright, the team behind the […]

Fiona Martin, deputy director of The Customs House, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award for her work with aspiring actors. The Creative  Cultural Skills Awards shine a light on the individuals who have shown an outstanding commitment to skill development and learning in the creative industries. Those who have been shortlisted ensure the […]

The Royalty Theatre, in Sunderland, will begin 2018 with hard-hitting drama, Five Kinds of Silence. The play is written by north-east writer Shelagh Stephenson, who’s also produced The Memory of Water and An Experiment with an Air Pump.  Five Kinds of Silence he play portrays a family living in fear of abusive husband and father Billy. His wife Mary, […]

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