Exciting and powerful movement that brings Millar’s iconic paintings to life.

Kelly-Abbott Dance Theatre

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Launch Day is a celebration of the UK in all its industrial glory. Inspired by the paintings of North East based artist Alexander Millar, Kelly-Abbott Dance Theatre crafts exciting and powerful movement, combined with an enchanting soundtrack featuring music by Mark Knopfler and composer Breifne Holohan. Launch Day brings to life Millar’s iconic characters - the 'Gadgies' –and British shipyard workers socially and at work.

Launch Day will delight anyone with a passion for the industrial history of the UK, celebrating the rich culture of country’s past and present.

Commissioned by Queen's Hall Hexham with funding from Arts Council England. Sponsored by Urban Splash.

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“Launch Day is a beautiful work and deserves to be performed region wide and beyond.” Fresh Northeast, 2015

“Alexander Millar inspired work Launch Day has real potential for mass appeal, some lovely iconic imagery” Alex Croft, ACE 2014

"It’s always exciting when individual pieces of creative work come together to make something else. This project with Kristin’s dancers is inspired by painting and song and I’m delighted that some of my music is a part of it" Mark Knopfler, 2016

"It was visually striking with moments of real beauty" Hannah Graham, The Chronicle


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, outside, unsupervised and space permitting. 

To discuss any access needs, please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151. 

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