ETT in partnership with Northern Stage and Theatre by the Lake
Supported by Urban Green Newcastle and NE1


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A travelling outdoor stage with a free line up of local and national performances plus community events offering you a taster of the kinds of show you can expect to see at Northern Stage when we re-open later in the year.

Creating a safe, joyous space to bring people together, the performances will be housed in a touring truck, usually used to carry production sets around the country, reimagined as a space for artists and audiences to meet as we continue to be 
Out On The Toon this summer.

The project is inspired by English Touring Theatre’s origins as Century Theatre, who toured the UK in a pop-up space. 

English Touring Theatre's Artistic Director Richard Twyman and Executive Producer Sophie Scull explain: “We want to provide a safe and joyful space to come together and celebrate the return of live arts, and the immense diversity and talent of our country's artists. We hope to make Trailer Story a platform for national and local theatre-makers, performance artists and musicians to share their work with audiences outdoors - empowering communities and celebrating imagination.”

Trailer Story is free to attend and seating to watch performances is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If there are no available seats at the time you arrive, you are welcome to watch from outside of the ticketed area.

This event takes place outdoors and will go ahead in all but severe weather, such as storms and high winds. Performances are unlikely to be cancelled in bad weather such as rain or light winds. If it does rain, please wear waterproofs and avoid bringing umbrellas, which could block the view of other audience members.

In the event of severe weather such as heavy rain, storms, or high winds, please check our social media channels in the first instance, where we will share up-to-date information on each performance.


Programme

A Rain Walk
Andy Field & Beckie Darlington

Thu 29 Jul - Sun 1 Aug
Self-guided tour - collect your interactive pack from 12noon-9pm

We invite you to a rain walk – a walk in the rain accompanied by the recorded voices of children from across the UK and Ireland. With their guidance, the rainfall will become your own private theatre, a space in which to observe, imagine and play.

Whether in a drizzle or a deluge, alone or with friends or family, we invite you to step outside, feel the rain on your face, and think about your place in a world that is changing so swiftly around you.


How to Save a Rock

Pigfoot Theatre
Written by Conky Kampfner, Alex Rugman & Pigfoot

Fri 30 Jul - Sun 1 Aug
12noon-1pm
 

A bike-powered family comedy about how to still have hope, whilst saving the last polar bear on earth.

It’s 2026. We’ve found a letter from the last ever polar bear. He's somehow ended up at the top of Scotland. We’re going to save him.

Join us on a wild polar bear chase, through peat bogs & protests. How To Save A Rock is a bike-powered family comedy about how to still have hope.

Age Guidance: Recommended for ages 7-13 and their families.


I, Malvolio
Written & performed by Tim Crouch

Friday 30 Jul - Sun 1 Aug
2pm-3.10pm

I, Malvolio re-imagines Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night from the point of view of its most notoriously abused steward. It’s a charged, hilarious and sometimes unsettling rant from a man adrift in front of a cruel audience.

Part abject clown, part theatre-hating disciplinarian, Malvolio asks his audience to explore the pleasure we take in other people’s suffering

Age Guidance: 11+

Content Warnings: Reference to suicide


The BonBons Cabaret
Bonnie and The Bonnettes & The House of Love

Fri 30 Jul
3.30pm-4.30pm

In association with Alphabetti Theatre, Bonnie and The Bonnettes and The House of Love present BonBons Cabaret!

The BonBons Cabaret is a safe environment that champions dangerous, alternative, queer performance work from the North East.

​Step through the doors and join drag trio Bonnie and The Bonnettes, singer/songwriter MXYM, burlesque babe Mama Rhi, and appetising queen Vol-Au-Vent Love for a glitter-fuelled, foot-stomping, pant wetting cabaret riot!


Resonate - Nouveau Riche
Written and performed by Ntonga Mwanza

Fri 30 Jul - Sun 1 Aug
5.30pm-6.30pm

A pulsating lyrical journey into the soul of a modern man.

Resonate is a solo dance-theatre show following Jacob, a young man trying to turn away from his life as a hard-living and loving party animal, through a newfound faith and spirituality. However, constant interruptions from his friends and ex-girlfriends lead to a crisis of confidence and a breakdown in his mental state, due to him being torn between two extremes. Resonate plunges into the mania of lust, faith and sexual-addiction-affliction, merging physical theatre, hip hop dance, clowning, mime and spoken word.

Age Guidance 14+

Content Warnings: Sexual references


Who Cares

Lung Theatre
by Matt Woodhead

Fri 30 Jul & Sat 31 Jul
5pm-6pm

Sitting at the back of the bus, skipping the lunch queue and skiving lessons. At school Nicole, Jade and Connor are just like everybody else. But when they get home, things are very different. 
 
Adapted from real-life testimonies, award-winning theatre company LUNG examines the impact of austerity, our care system and what happens when a child becomes a parent.

Age Guidance: 12+

This production contains flashing lights and content which some viewers may find upsetting including reference to self-harm.


Grace Savage

Fri 30 Jul
10.30am-11.30am (masterclass)
8pm-9pm (performance)

Electronic pop music with beatboxing and live looping.

Alt-Pop, singer-songwriter, live looping, 4x UK Beatbox Champion Grace Savage will deliver an hour long performance showcasing her award winning beatbox routines and distinguished back catalogue of songs supported by the likes of BBC Radio 1 and 6Music.

She will also be giving a fun and informal masterclass in the basic sounds and techniques of beatboxing at 10.30am.


Comedy Club 4 Kids

Sat 31 Jul & Sun 1 Aug
10.30am-11.30am

The country’s best comics do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families… but without the rude bits.

It's a comedy club, right, but for kids. Also any adults who enjoy a swear-free hour with the international circuit's best stand-ups, cabaret stars and sketch acts. Non-patronising. Pure awesome.

Age Guidance: 6+


Mam tackles the Climate Crisis
Written & directed by Tracy Gillman. Performed by Jackie Lye

Sat 31 Jul
3.30pm-3.50pm

Mam is trying to recycle everything, including her relationship with her daughter.

Mam is sitting on the steps of the church knitting torn up carrier bags, telling her story. She cannot deal with recent events; the pandemic, working two jobs and all the recycling she has to do. Her daughter Maisie, who has recently had a baby and wants to get married soon, thinks Mam is just making a lot of unnecessary fuss.

Can the climate crisis bring them closer together again? Or will Mam stay on the church steps forever? Will Maisie get the wedding dress she has dreamt of or something quite different and what will they call the new baby?

Age Guidance: Suitable for all ages

Content Warnings: Contains reference to the climate crisis


Payal Ramchandani
Presented by GemArts

Sat 31 Jul
4pm-4.20pm

Payal is a Kuchipudi dancer and choreographer with a global reputation, now based in the North East of England. 

Kuchipudi is a dance-drama performance art that originated in the South East region of India in the 17th Century. 

Payal has built her unique vocabulary, evident in her creations, and will perform a stunning new recital. 


Astrology Bingo - *CANCELLED*
Figs In Wigs

Sat 31 Jul & Sun 1 Aug
8pm-9pm

Where was Uranus when you were born?

Join Figs in Wigs for Astrology Bingo - a cosmic game show for astrology lovers, bingo wingers and their sceptic friends. It’s already written in the stars if you will win because instead of numbers you’ll be playing with your own astrological birth chart! It’s totally out of this world!

​Recommended for ages 14+

We’re sorry to say that this' performance is cancelled tonight and tomorrow night due to unforseen circumstances. Trailer Story will now close at 7.30pm on both days.

(Excerpts of) Raising Shame & Ankles
BRASH

Sun 1 Aug
3.30pm-4.10pm

BRASH is a bold, educational theatre company for young people that strives to make sex and relationships education relevant, empowering, and unafraid. Here they present lyrical highlights from Raising Shame, a show about local experiences of period poverty and stigma, and from upcoming show Ankles, a theatrical Book of Spells through which teenagers protest against victim-blaming culture.

Content warning: Some sexual references


a case in point...
What’s That Dance

16:20 - 16:40 Sun 1 Aug
4.20pm-6.40pm

What’s That Dance bring you ‘a case in point…’ a dance duet performed with women of Heaton.

a case in point... An estimated 1.5 million young women lost income since the start of the pandemic.

a case in point... Mothers were 23% more likely than fathers to have temporarily or permanently lost their jobs during the pandemic and 14% more likely to be furloughed.

a case in point... Women perform 76% of the total hours of unpaid care work globally.

a case in point... In the UK, 77% of frontline workers are female with a 17.3% gender pay gap with their male counterparts.

a case in point... is a dance duet created with women of Heaton. What's That Dance stands together with women in their community to challenge the shocking statistics of the increased inequality women have faced because of the pandemic. They want to raise awareness of the ongoing fight celebrating the strength and resilience of local women.


Testament

Sun 1 Aug
5pm-6pm

Testament brings his spoken word, rap and beatbox show live to Newcastle!

Delve into the mind of the multi-talented rapper and writer, with new pieces, extracts from his theatre show and uplifting songs all brought to you with looping and world record-holding beatboxing!

Testament is an acclaimed rapper, world record-breaking human beatboxer and music producer. His lyricism brings together strands of rap, song and spoken word. Testament’s innovative work includes the celebrated Hip-Hop album Homecut: No Freedom Without Sacrifice, features on MOBO nominated albums, several performances for BBC Radio 1, 1xtra, Radio 4 and 6Music as well as numerous television appearances.


Timetable

Friday 30-Jul Rain Walk (self-guided tour) 12:00 21:00
Grace Savage (masterclass) 10:30 11:30
How To Save A Rock 12:00 13:00
I, Malvolio 14:00 15:10
The BonBons Cabaret 15:30 16:30
Resonate - Nouveau Riche 17:00 18:00
Who Cares 18:30 19:40
Grace Savage (performance) 20:00 21:00
Saturday 31-Jul Rain Walk (self-guided tour) 12:00 21:00
Comedy Club 4 Kids 10:30 11:30
How To Save A Rock 12:00 13:00
I, Malvolio 14:00 15:10
Mam Tackles the Climate Crisis 15:30 15:50
Payal Ramchandani 16:00 16:20
Who Cares  17:00 18:00
Resonate - Nouveau Riche 18:30 19:30
Astrology Bingo - *CANCELLED* 20:00 21:00
Sunday 1-Aug Rain Walk (self-guided tour) 12:00 21:00
Comedy Club 4 Kids 10:30 11:30
How To Save A Rock 12:00 13:00
I, Malvolio 14:00 15:10
(Excerpts of) Raising Shame & Ankles - Brash 15:30 16:10
a case in point... 16:20 16:40
Testament 17:00 18:00
Resonate - Nouveau Riche 18:30 19:30
Astrology Bingo *CANCELLED* 20:00 21:00

    These performances are part of our Out On The Toon programme funded by the Weston Culture Fund. 


    Access 

    The Trailer Story site is fully accessible. There are Accessible toilets available on site as well near by at The Tower Cafe

    Booking for this event has now closed.