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Image: Contagion by Chris Nash

For anyone on Wearside (and beyond) passionate about theatre, dance and spoken word, checking out Sunderland Stages is a must. The season of shows delivers a wealth of productions in venues across Sunderland and its outskirts, this year welcoming a diverse range of new venues to the fold as well as showcasing works tacking a huge range of subjects.

History is a strong theme this year; Contagion, at St Gabriel’s Church Hall (Thursday 18th-Friday 19th October), commemorates the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, an outbreak that killed more people than the First World War. The Last Seam looks at events closer to home, marking the closure of the Hatfield Colliery in 2015 by bringing together the stories of miners, their families and the community at The Peacock (Thursday 11th-Friday 12th October). Also at The Peacock, Where We Began explores identity in a dystopian society (Tuesday 2nd October); and Frankie Vah (Tuesday 30th October), an exploration of love, loss and belief in the 1980s.

The season keeps the theatrical fires burning as the weather gets colder. The Royalty hosts an adaptation of David Pearce’s novel The Damned United, dramatizing Brian Clough’s turbulent times at Leeds United (Tuesday 13th-Wednesday 14th November). Part-gig and part-theatre, Fans heads to The Peacock on Friday 16th November, and is perfect for music obsessives everywhere; plus the venue welcomes comedy sketch/music quiz combo Mixtape Xmas who bring some festive cheer (Wednesday 12th December).

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