Four seasons, four people, from four corners of the world, and a teenage girl’s message in the sky.

A Northern Stage & Curious Monkey co-production

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Four seasons, four people from four corners of the world, and a teenage girl’s message in the sky.

The strange city folds and unfolds around them, like a maze of paper: a story that opens up like a book to get lost in. They haven’t found the ending yet, but they know it will have to be something extraordinary.

A powerful new play set in Byker by Lindsay Rodden, HERE is about finding sanctuary in the unlikeliest of places. About dancing on rooftops, blossom in winter, and re-writing the story of the city as your own. A story of two best friends with a library card, and the power they summon through friendship and books to make something magical. To say WE WERE HERE.

HERE is part of The Arriving Project – Curious Monkey’s ongoing work with people seeking sanctuary in the North East and Derby.

Post-show discussion
Thu 26 Mar, 6pm 
Join us for a post-show discussion after this performance featuring a panel including Rosie Tapsfield from City of Sanctuary and members of the Curious Monkey team.

Please be aware that HERE

Is suitable for ages 12+

Contains swearing

Includes references to home office interviews and the experiences of people who have had to leave their home country to seek asylum in the UK. 

HERE uses projection throughout and there will be flashing lights in some scenes (not strobes)

Cast & Creatives

Arieta Visoka plays Lulja

Joana Geronimo plays Pauline

Karen Traynor plays Janet

Murat Erkek plays Salim

HERE is directed by Amy Golding and written by Lindsay Rodden

Composer/Sound Designer Niroshini Thambar 

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Following official government advice to minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) we regret to announce that this show has been cancelled because of the suspension of public performances. 

Customers who have tickets for this performance will automatically receive an email or letter from us offering to change your tickets for another event later in the year, issue you with a credit note or you can choose to have a full refund.

Behind the scenes


Amy Golding - Director intro

Laura Lindow - Dramaturge intro

Katie Scott - Designer intro

Stan Hodgson - Assistant Director intro

Karen Traynor - Actor intro

Rehearsal Photos - Photo credit: picturesbybish

Here - Rehearsal Photos

R&D Photos - Photo credit: picturesbybish

HERE - R&D photos


Relaxed Performance logo Relaxed Performance  Sat 28 Mar, 2.30pm

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. To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.