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schools newsletter Dance • Theatre • Workshops Wed 15 February 7.45pm (Studio) Blue Orange Theatre

Lady Chatterley’s Lover Connie Reid, a cultured, independent thinker marries the emotionally distant Sir Clifford Chatterley. When she turns to the bed of the lowborn gamekeeper Mellors and experiences true passion and genuine intimacy for the first time, a dramatic love triangle and public scandal follows. D.H. Lawrence’s novel published in 1928 became notorious for its story of the physical relationship between a working class man and an upper class woman, its explicit descriptions of sex, and its use of unprintable words. Blue Orange Theatre’s production is both innovative and traditional, remaining true to the original novel but bringing the text to life using exciting theatrical devices to make the story both engaging and accessible. Warning contains full frontal nudity and scenes of an explicit sexual nature. Tickets: £8.50 Mon 13-Sat 18 February 7.30pm (Theatre) Thu & Sat 2.30pm

GHOST The Musical Carolyn Maitland stars as Molly alongside Andy Moss as Sam. Walking back to their apartment late one night a tragic encounter sees Sam murdered and his beloved girlfriend Molly alone, in despair and utterly lost. But with the help of a phony storefront psychic Sam, trapped between this world and the next, tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving her from grave danger… Fri 10 March 7pm (Studio) Théâtre Sans Frontières

Heaven Eyes By David Almond Three youngsters run away from their children’s home and sail down the River Tyne on a makeshift raft. Stuck on the mudflats, they meet a strange girl who lives with an old man, Grampa. The girl has a secret only Grampa knows... and he’s not telling. Adapted for the stage by internationally

acclaimed children’s author David Almond (Skellig), Heaven Eyes is a poetic but gritty story about young people trying to find their way in the world. Mysterious, heartbreaking and humorous in equal measure, this story will touch the depth of your soul. Théâtre Sans Frontières brings its own inimitable style of storytelling to this spellbinding and other-worldly tale. ‘an astonishing piece of writing’ The Guardian ‘Anything that captivates children so much and excites them about literature and drama is truly treasure’ Hexham Courant Suitable for ages 9+ Tickets: £8 Free post-show discussion with the Company. Director Sarah Kent is also able to offer a free workshop to a local school booking tickets for the show. The workshop is free, lasts about 6090 minutes and explores the characters, their relationships and themes from the play and offers students the opportunity to dramatise some scenes. Available on the day of the performance. Contact TSF on 01434 603114 Thu 16 March 7.45pm (Studio) Sparkle and Dark Theatre Company

I Am Beast What happens when the wildest parts of our imagination take control? After the death of her mother, Ellie escapes to a flickering world of comic book superheroes and bewitching strangers. But as the walls of her new world begin to crumble, Ellie must finally face the truth behind her fantasies. An award-winning, visually stunning exploration of the power of grief and childish imagination, using UV landscapes, original live music and unique life-sized puppetry. ‘One of the most powerful pieces of theatre I’ve seen… puppetry at its best’ The Guardian Suitable for ages 12+ Tickets: £8.50. Free post-show discussion with the company on the themes of the play.

Thu 30 & Fri 31 March 7.30pm (Theatre) Icarus Theatre Collective

Fri 2 June 7.45pm (Studio) Shifting Sands Theatre

Hamlet: Prince of Denmark

The King Lear

by William Shakespeare Shakespeare for the Game of Thrones generation. A company of seasoned classical actors embrace the brutality of the greatest play ever written. A gripping, ensemble style brings exhilaration and violence to the unforgettable music and delicacy of the words. Blending traditional and physical theatre with a musical score, this muscular production brings vividly to life some of literature’s most vibrant language and characters in a way you’ve never seen before: bold, muscular, and action-packed. Schools: £8.50. Education resources and workshops available

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy set in a pub ‘The King Lear’. Instead of a Kingdom - a pub! Instead of a King - Mr Lear, the landlord! When he announces his retirement and the division of his “kingdom” between his daughters, Mr Lear imitates his famous namesake. He demands to know which of them loves him the most. Blindly he unleashes a tide of pent-up frustration and jealousy. Hilarious and heartbreaking, The King Lear will unfold using physical theatre, clowning and vibrant storytelling all linked by Shakespeare’s magnificent text. There will be irreverence, but no parody. The result - potent, accessible theatre! Suitable for 11 years + Tickets £8.50. Workshops available -

Wed 26 April 7.45pm (Studio) Dyad Productions

Jane Eyre: An Autobiography Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane - and several other characters - in this intimate study of love’s realities. ‘Riveting... a breathtaking creation’ Edinburgh Evening News Tickets: £8.50.

Live Satellite Screenings All screened at 7pm National Theatre Live: Amadeus (2 Feb) National Theatre Live: Saint Joan (16 Feb) NT Live: Hedda Gabler (9 March) NT Encore: Twelfth Night (7 April) RSC Encore: Julius Caesar (27 April) RSC Live: Antony & Cleopatra (24 May) RSC Live: Titus Andronicus (9 August) Tickets for live screenings: £15 (discounts: £12). Encore screenings: £9.50.

HAWTH YOUTH THEATRE Hawth Youth Theatre Led by theatre professional Sarah Slator, the weekly sessions will explore all aspects of theatre, including acting, voice and movement and will run on Thursdays at 5pm (11-14 years) and 7.15pm (15-18 years). To find out more call 01293 553636 or email February Half Term Storytelling Masterclass How can you bring a story to life through voice and movement on stage? Learn the skills to turn a simple story into a magical experience for a theatre audience. Suitable for ages 11-18. Tickets: £18 (Youth Theatre members: £15) Beauty and the Beast Summer School Three week workshop climaxing with performances in the Main Theatre on 11 & 12 August. Auditions at The Hawth for 7-18 year olds at The Hawth Sunday 7 May. Further details from

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