What if we said that Britain (this tiny island) is the second biggest arms dealer in the world?

A Common Wealth and Northern Stage co-production, in association with Chapter and Southbank Centre.
Funded by Arts Council England, Bradford Council, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Well Newcastle Gateshead and Blue Stone Consortium

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A former British soldier and a Palestinian citizen meet in an intimate and powerful exchange, in a joint attempt to understand the UK arms trade and its impact around the world.
Through differing perspectives and a shared love of techno, I Have Met the Enemy (and the enemy is us) takes us on a personal and political journey into the darkest corners of what makes Britain tick.
Acclaimed site-specific theatre company Common Wealth will transform Byker Community Centre into worlds for audiences to explore - worlds charged with light, sound and robotics.
I Have Met the Enemy is part techno party, part investigation and above all else, a call to action.

Please note that all performances will take place at Byker Community Centre and not Northern Stage.

Image credit: Jon Pountney & Ronnie Macdonald/flickr/CC BY 2.0

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Walking Tours

Come along early to select performances and choose between a 60 min walking tour of the estate on Saturday afternoons or a pre-show lecture (seated) at Byker Community Centre on Thursday evenings. 

Walking Tour - Click here

  • Sat 19 Oct, 12.30pm for 60mins
  • Sat 26 Oct, 12.30pm for 60mins 

Presentation in Byker Community Centre - Click here

  • Thu 17 Oct, 5.30pm for 60mins
  • Thu 24 Oct, 5.30pm for 60mins

Tickets only £4 or £2 for Byker Residents

Behind the scenes


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available outside Stage 3. To discuss any access needs, please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.