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Monday 20 May 2024

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Laughter and tears with The Olive Boy

Four years after losing his mum suddenly when he was just 15, Ollie Maddigan started writing a play. “I always knew that I eventually wanted to process my feelings, experiences and grief by turning them into a theatre show. However, I think it was only when I was 19 that I thought enough time had …

Review: The Audition

The 50th anniversary of Live Theatre, Newcastle, last year, embraced the concept of the rehearsed reading — a rare privilege for a playwright to share their work before it’s finished.  The writer uses the reaction of the cast and the audience to further develop their imagined world and characters.  The audience gets an exclusive preview of …

Actors pass their Audition

Folk luminary, Rachel Unthank is set to make her theatrical debut in a new musical, which will get its first outing on South Tyneside next month. Featuring songs from the Great American Songbook, The Audition will be unveiled at The Customs House, South Shields, introducing audiences to five leading ladies all competing to get top …

Review: Don’t Smile for the Camera

The latest exhibition at The Customs House Gallery, South Shields is a revelation – a snapshot of a lifetime’s work of photographing the ordinary and making it extraordinary. The show presents just a few of the multi-talented chef, musician, writer and TV presenter Pete Zulu’s collection of 11,000 images, all shot on his Leica camera …

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