Although the theatre remains closed, audiences will have a chance to be at Northern Stage virtually from 14 September by having their picture drawn by robots inside the venue. 

At a time when we are distanced from each other, A Portrait Without Borders brings people together. Audiences can submit a selfie online to be drawn on the walls of Northern Stage by robots who will create a massive mural of faces. Strangers next to each other, simultaneously present, together, and yet apart. There will be a live stream to watch the robots in action, and when it’s finished the mural will be featured to welcome everyone back to the theatre when it reopens.

Northern Stage Executive Director Kate Denby said, “While nothing could replace the buzz of a live audience, we’re really excited to welcome a virtual audience to the theatre and to be bringing such impressive, innovative work to Newcastle for people to enjoy - not just this week, but for everyone to see when we can safely reopen the building.” 

A Portrait Without Borders is a Kaleider production commissioned by Freedom Festival in Hull where it opened in September 2020. Kaleider is an international production studio led by artist Seth Honnor. Playing on the edge of installation, live performance and digital Kaleider makes artworks for audiences all over the world and runs innovation programmes in art and creative technology for others to develop and produce work.


A Portrait Without Borders is at Northern Stage from 14-19 September and is free to take part in. Submit a selfie or watch the robots at work at portraitwithoutborders.com/newcastle