Theatre Space NE 

Neighbourhood Events

Commissioned by Northern Stage as part of Out On The Toon


Time and Location  About Theatre Space NE  Neighbourhood Events


Theatre Space NE and Sunderland-based writer James Whitman created Thanks for the Chat - based on conversations with Sunderland residents, reflecting back on the last bit of normalcy before the first national lockdown.

Capturing moments of humour, sadness and hope, these conversations have formed a collection of short monologues and duologues which can be accessed via the company website. Tied to relevant locations in Sunderland City Centre this collection of short films and audio stories capture the mood of the city before it all changed. By downloading them to your phone and viewing them in the locations which inspired them, or by watch them from the comfort of your sofa, they will help you to reconnect with your community and their voices.

Find out more here.


Time and Location  

Sunderland City centre
Mowbray Park, Sunniside, Borough Road, Keel Square and Minster Quarter
All day, in youur own time. No need to book.

No need to book - the pieces can be viewed or listened to via your phone, computer or tablet at home, or can be enjoyed in the location they are tied to:

Video: Mowbray Park, first bench next to the lake right in front of the walrus statue
Video: Sunniside, on the edge of the central seating area
Audio: Borough Road, on the steps of the old entrance to the Museum and Library opposite Wetherspoons
Video: Keel Square, bench in front of Hays Travel/former courts
Audio: Minster Quarter, bench between The Peacock and Dance City

More information can be found on the Theatre Space NE website.


About Theatre Space NE

Theatre Space NE is an artist lead company, based in the heart of Sunderland and touring the NE region. Established as a CIC in 2016, it is best known for its outdoor, public space theatre such as the annual summer season (which is free to attend), and its rural tours. They are also building a reputation through providing training and mentoring via their youth theatre, community theatre groups and work placement offer, as well as supporting new and emerging artists in the area. It creates innovative, entertaining and accessible theatre with a firm focus on engaging hard to reach groups by taking the work in to their spaces. Theatre Space NE creates work that is playful and inventive, connecting with audiences by delivering high quality accessible theatre for non-traditional spaces.

James Whitman has written several plays based on local events and characters, including Strong for War, For Helping Tender, 15 Minutes of Fame, View from the Gods and The Butcher’s Tale. He also worked with Theatre Space NE on Mackem Craic, an audio comedy drama that won Community Project of the Year at the Community Radio Awards in 2017.


Neighbourhood Events

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, we're inviting you to get Out on the Toon this summer, starting with a series of free outdoor events to reconnect artists and audiences in their local neighbourhoods throughout June.

10 North East theatre makers have been selected to create work in 9 of our region’s 12 local authorities, breathing new life into the places and spaces that have been the backdrop to their lockdown, celebrating the diversity of our region and bringing communities together through immersive live performances, dance, story trails, short stories, films, live music and spoken word.

See what's happening at the other Neighbourhood Events here - we hope to see you Out on the Toon soon!


    This performance is part of our Out On The Toon programme funded by the Weston Culture Fund. 

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