Saturday, 10 January 2015

Preview: Arts Centre Washington’s Spring 2015 Season

Fabulous Theatre Coming
To Washington in 2015

Kicking and Screaming
Arts Centre Washington’s Spring 2015 season is packed full of theatre, music, dance, film and exhibitions to please all tastes. Expect dance extravaganzas, one man shows, a student take over and a girl with extremely long hair!!!  Oh yes! And a whole lot more!

The theatre programme focuses on life’s highs and lows whether it be the time bomb of a new baby in ‘Kicking and Screaming’, our struggle to pay the bills in ‘Broke’ or sibling rivalry in ‘Jumping Puddles’ – all told with humour and poignancy. 

One of the highlights of the Spring drama season has to be Theatre Ad Infinitum’s exciting rendition of Homer’s ‘Odyssey’. Performed by one actor, over one hour this award winning performance has to been seen to be believed.

Whatever the Weather
As ever the centre has a great offer of fantastic theatre for children and families, who can learn all about the elements in the February half term show ‘Whatever the Weather’, enjoy food, music and puppets in ‘Chicken Licken’ and see the timeless story of ‘Rapunzel’ and her very long hair!

Chicken Licken
In May The University of Sunderland’s Drama students take over the theatre for the month long ‘Sunfest’.  Shakespeare and Aeschylus will be on the menu alongside more modern plays such as Caryl Churchill’s ‘Top Girls’ and ‘Cloud 9’.

Patrick Monahan
Stand Up Comedy comes in the guise of two returning favourites.  First up Patrick Monahan presents his ‘Adventures In Monahan Land’. Renowned for his playful audience interaction, clean material and HUGs, Patrick has recently been seen on ITV’s ‘Splash!’ ‘Fake Reaction’, ‘Show Me The Funny’ and ’Celebrity Squares’. 

Lewis Schaffer
Another arts centre favourite stand up is acclaimed New York comic Lewis Schaffer who is still ‘Free Until Famous’!  There is no admission charge to see this hilariously contentious comic you are only asked to pay at the end if you have laughed!

Young dancers will be strutting their stuff in the fantastic ‘Pulse’ dance showcase and Young Artists can show off their talent as part of the ‘Sunderland Young Achievers Youth Arts Exhibition’. 

Live music is also in plentiful supply.  Look out for the raw valve driven melodic noise of Washington’s own ‘Zeerox’ who play Hothouse, which is organised in conjunction with The Bunker.  The arts centre is also very proud to be home to the award winning Davy Lamp Folk Club every Saturday night whose upcoming acts include The Broonzies, Rallion, The Keelers plus many more.

For more information on all Arts Centre Washington events visit  or call 0191 219 3455.

Patrick Monahan
Patrick Monahan - Adventures In Monahan Land - Friday 13 Feb      
Stand up comedy    

Whatever the Weather - Thurs 19 Feb
February Half Term Family show
Jumping Puddles - Thurs 26 Feb                                                
Drama from renowned women’s theatre company Open Clasp

Kicking and Screaming - Thurs 5 + Fri 6 March            
New writing about parenthood, includes a Friday afternoon ‘relaxed’ performance in which parents and their babies are welcome
Broke -  Thurs 12 March
Brand new writing about debt and poverty by the brilliant Paper Birds Theatre Company.

Pulse - Thurs 19 March
Whatever the Weather
Youth dance Festival featuruing performances from 10 dance groups from the Sunderland and Washington area.

Odyssey - Thurs 26 March
One actor, one hour, the whole of Homer’s Odyssey!         

Zeerox - Fri 27 March                   
Live music from Washington very own noise merchants

Craft Fair - Sat 4 April
Handcrafted delights from our regions talented crafts people

Lewis Schaffer – Free Until Famous - Fri 10 April
Stand up comedy

Chicken Licken - Wed 15 April                                                  
Family theatre

Sunfest  - Thurs 23 April - Sat 16 May
The University of Sunderland take over the Theatre for some unforgetable nights of drama

Rapunzel - Thurs 28 May
New adaptation of the classic tale.  

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