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Evening Performance




A lonely lighthouse, its light fading as the river traffic declines, is rejuvenated when three Keepers are reunited – the Bridge Keeper abandons his road bridge, and the River Keeper arrives by fast boat as the last remaining Lighthouse Keeper on the Tyne summons his friends to help keep the Lighthouse in commission. Their combined efforts give the river a new ‘lease of light’ as well as signalling farewell to the London 2012 Olympic Football
As darkness falls on the Quayside, prepare to be amazed by a show that will have your eyes widening, your spine tingling and your head spinning. Produced by NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with Walk the Plank, the internationally acclaimed outdoor performance and pyrotechnic specialists, Over and Out will use the Tyne Bridge and Gateshead Millennium Bridges and the famous waters of the River Tyne to transform the river into a magical theatre of pyrotechnics and neon-bright lighting effects. Performers will appear and disappear, carrying out dare-devil acts under cascades of silver rain which have you holding your breath in wonder and amazement, all set to music that reflects the mighty power of the river.
Bring the whole family for this chance to see the river and bridges dazzle with light and colour. Viewing for Over and Out will be from Newcastle Quayside, come down early to get your spot!
Sat 4 Aug: 9.30pm Newcastle Quayside

Where are the Wild Ones?


A celebration of an extraordinary animal and the myths that surround it... This multi-layered acoustic and visual performance is inspired by the extraordinary, yet littleunderstood, journey that Atlantic salmon make each year from Greenland to the River North Tyne. Using the real sounds of their watery world and their determined ocean swim in a unique collaboration with stories created by Northumberland and Tyneside children, this is a brand-new creation that celebrates this most noble of fishes.

Developed in partnership with Isis Arts and Environment Agency North East with research and development supported by Arts Council England.

Sat 4 AUG : 7.30pm upstairs Guildhall
FREE but booking required

FUEL PRESENTS INUA ELLAMS Knight watch | South S'Story

IN ASSOCIATION WITH LIVE THEATRE. In a world where tower blocks are stone mountains and city walls are urban tapestries retelling epic fights, Michael keeps away from the warring tribes until a passerby helps him out of a tight situation. Instantly, he is pulled into the culture he has tried to escape. The city spirals out of control as battle lines are drawn and edrawn. In the quest for balance, loyalty, faith and friendships are tested, but will Michael succeed in ending the war? Featuring live music, and a surprise outdoor location.
Sat 4: 7.30pm & Sun 5: 7.30pm, 9pm
Secret location meeting at Live Theatre
TICKETS: FREE but booking required.


Reading: Tyne View Michael Chaplin

Port of Tyne’s writer in residence Michael Chaplin will be giving an exclusive advance reading from his new book,‘Tyne View – A Walk Around the Port of Tyne’, which will be published by New Writing North in September.

In July 2011 four Tynesiders - writer Michael Chaplin, illustrator and painter Birtley Aris, photographer Charles Bell and poet Christy Ducker - took a riverside walk up and down the tidal length of the Tyne from South Shields Pier to Tynemouth Pier via Wylam Bridge. A richly illustrated book to be published in September 2012 is the result: a vivid, funny and often moving account of what they saw and heard on their 10-day journey. Part social history, part snapshot of a river and its communities at a turning point in its long history, the book's rich narrative also tells the stories of countless Tynesiders, 'ordinary' and extraordinary, with the tantalising aim of catching the soul of this big northern river. In a special pre-publication event for the Newcastle-Gateshead Bridges Festival, Michael Chaplin reads from the book, with a little help from his friends, and some night music...
Sat 4: 7pm Guildhall
TICKETS: FREE but booking required.

Standing Up: A New Batch

Part of Mega Bites: Youth Theatre Festival Be the first to spot the next generation of rising comedians as this talented group of young performers do their first stand-up gigs. Sharp, edgy, laugh-out-loud jokes and observations that are all their very own hilarious work.
Sat 4: 4pm & 7.30pm Live Theatre
TICKETS: £8 adults, £6 concessions


Dance in the Pocket Park

Join Dance City for a programme of performance in the Pocket Park including; renowned funk style dance duo, Rice and Peez, showcasing locking and waaking skills, hip hop and breakin’ dance action from local B boy cru the Battalions, hot Bollywood moves from north east dance duo DESI VIBES!, and an exciting new contemporary dance and live music fusion inspired by olympic themes. Presented as part of the Big Dance 2012 programme coordinated by Dance City. For further information see: or call 0191 261 0505
Sat 4: 6pm – 7pm
Pocket Park, Newcastle Quayside

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