Spoiled for choice? You will be.
Wander on down to Darlo between Thursday 26th and Sunday 29th March to find the Jabberwocky Market in full swing. Darlo’s famous for its markets and interspersed with the usual stalls of goodies you will also find little gems of theatre sniggled away in various nooks and crannies.
Gloriator is a wicked sounding parody of Gladiator, starring two females and some cardboard costumes and precisely no tigers. Mel G from Mel and Sue from the Bake Off recommend seeing them before they go on to sell out the Albert Hall. Who am I to argue?
The selkie myth gets a modern retelling in Lorraine and Alan. It got more stars than a map of the galaxy from its last festival run and has been described as a lovable show with a bucketload of charm.
Ambitious and inventive Newcastle new writing company Alphabetti Spaghetti bring their first ever touring show The Frights to the festival after a stint in the Toon. It’s also headed to Arc, Stockton and is the first full-lengther from up and coming star, Louise Taylor. Get in and see this one before everyone involved with it moves to London and pledges allegiance to the Royal Court.
Joking aside, there’s loads on the platter here for all tastes. Workshops, scratch nights and stuff for the kids all make up part of the event. Check the website for details of times and places and for tickets. Talent of all shapes and sizes abounds up here in the North East and, while these festivals do pop up on a regular basis all over the place, if you’re at all intrigued it really is worth investing a bit of time and maybe the price of a sandwich and a latte in a posh coffee shop (or less) in finding a spark of new storytelling magic which could change how you see a venerable, if slightly careworn, old Northern town.