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At the forefront of celebrating contemporary theatre in all its forms, GIFT returns to various venues in Gateshead from Friday 4th until Sunday 6th May.

The region’s only dedicated contemporary theatre festival features over 50 artists across eight venues, with a raft of international performers as well as home-grown stars, with many performances and workshops free to enjoy.

Particular highlights amongst the impressive programme include a pop-up arcade sharing young people’s visions of the future (Friday 4th, Gateshead Central Library); Wallflower spans a lifetime of music, fashion, politics, friendships, parties, love and loss in an epic five-hour dance marathon (Friday 4th, BALTIC); Present Tense features a performer backing herself into a corner by setting several hundred mousetraps, in a performance which examines tension in an enclosed space (Saturday 5th, BALTIC). Also at BALTIC, enjoy sound installation Public Address System, in which 140 people will perform a sound meditation in the stairwell (Sunday 6th); explore the fine line between deception and truth in Tom Cassani’s Someone Loves You Drive With Care (Sunday 6th); and cultural appropriation is under the microscope in Situation with Doppelgänger (Sunday 6th).

Robust is a unique fusion of physical theatre, soundscape and poetry slam from Danish theatre company CHACM (Saturday 5th, BALTIC); while local theatre maker Rosa Postlethwaite’s show Composed is a searingly honest and comedic exploration of theatre rituals, fantasy and institutional violence (Saturday 5th, Caedmon Hall). Explore new work at the GREAT GIFT scratch, featuring daring North East-based artists offering an early peek at brand new ideas (Saturday 5th, Caedmon Hall); and watch an open rehearsal of Bonnie & The Bonnettes’ new show And She, which explores motherhood and femininity (Sunday 6th, Thought Foundation).

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