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 and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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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


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.