Festival: ‘Zog’ at The Hippodrome

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved children’s story Zog comes to life in Mike Shepherd’s magical adaptation with Johnny Flynn’s sumptuous folk score featuring live musicians. Katie Sykes’ design lifts the book from the page and creates a real and fantastical world on stage. See photo of the cast of Zog (photo credit: Helen Maybanks). more »

Festival: Shine On

The UK’s No1 Pink Floyd tribute group pay homage to the music of legendary band Pink Floyd, highlights include full performance of Echoes and excerpts from ‘The Wall’ and ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. Not to be missed by any prog-rock fans! Date and times: Friday 17 May 8.30pm, doors 7pm Venue: The Forum Music more »

Festival: Noisy Daughters vinyl launch

In their ongoing mission to inspire the next generation of females in music, Noisy Daughters, Butterfly Effect Records and Rianne Thompson (of BBC Introducing/Amazing Radio) have joined forces to curate an exclusive vinyl record. The compilation record showcases some of the most exciting females making music in the North East right now. And to celebrate more »

Festival: ‘Show, don’t tell’ workshop

In this workshop, Peter King explains that the ‘Show, don’t tell’ approach often doesn’t happen naturally but, when mastered, it can be the mark of a confident writer. A short story can be enhanced, be more compulsive even, for being written in a sparse style. Join local writer and Open Mic contributor Pete King for more »

Festival: Darlington Dance Festival and Mass Dance

The Dance Festival 2019 kicks off on Saturday 18 May in Joseph Pease Place with performances throughout the day by local dance schools and organisations. They will be promoting the mass dance planned the next day, with the theme ‘This is me’ challenging inequality. At 1pm on Sunday 19 May, dance schools and community groups more »

Festival: Pop-up music events

There will be a pop-up performance space inside the Market Hall on Saturday 18 May, between 11am and 3.30pm. At the ‘Spotlight on…’ performance space, you can find out more about some of local music and arts organisations, including Darlington Orchestra, The Majestic Theatre, and The Forum Music Centre.

Festival: ‘Muckers’ at The Hullabaloo

Created by award-winning theatre maker Caroline Horton and an international ensemble, ‘Muckers’ is a funny, magical, physical production for ages 7+. With original songs and quite a lot of Spanish, this mischievous show asks what it takes to stand proud and be true to ourselves, and how we empower the next generation to do the more »

Festival: Writing a big story

How does an author write a big story, one that spans a long period of time, includes many characters and develops a complex plot of significant events? Join novelist and creative writing tutor Tracey Iceton on this creative writing workshop/author talk for practical tips and advice. Participants will be guided through writing activities designed to more »

Festival: Darlington New Orleans Jazz ‘Sweet and Hot’

American pianist Jeff Barnhart, a firm favourite of Darlington New Orleans Jazz, will be joined by ace reed man John Hallam and Graham Smith on drums for an afternoon of classic sweet and hot New Orleans Jazz. Date and times: Saturday 18th May 12.30pm-3pm, doors open noon Venue: St. Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington more »