ArtsFest: Plotting a Short Story

Ever had a good idea for a short story, but couldn’t find a way to round it off? In this workshop, participants will explore ways to make links across a narrative and create interesting and compulsive plots. Example short stories will be analysed, advice given for writers’ own ideas and opportunities provided to develop own more »

ArtsFest: Reading Event

Bennett House Writers are a small group of Darlington based writers who meet every Monday in Age UK, Bradbury House. Darlington. at 10.30am. They work together to support each other in developing their creative writing by reading out their work to the group, discussing its merits and suggesting improvements to the work. Join them for more »

ArtsFest: Poetry Reading

A chance to hear Vane Women read their own poetry/prose. In addition, our newest published poet, Judi Sutherland, will read from her hot-off-the-press book The Ship Owner’s House. There will also be a 10-minute slot for participation in our Open Mic – so why not bring along a piece of your own? Vane Women are more »

Arts Festival 2018: Visual arts

There are three free exhibitions in the town centre, starting with a one-day exhibition of work – including hand-coiled pots of all sizes – by Kolbe and Pam Bassington at The Friends Meeting House on Saturday 19th May from 10am-5pm. Also starting on the 19th May is an exhibition of original art by Alison Hill more »

ArtsFest: ‘night, Mother

Applause Theatre present ‘night, Mother, American playwright Marsha Norman’s at times harrowing play about a daughter telling her mother about contemplating suicide. The roles of mother and daughter are taken by Sam Bradshaw and Emma Simpson. Price: £8 (£6 concessions) on the door or from Hippodrome Theatre box offices Place: Crown Street Library Gallery Date more »

ArtsFest: Vane Women Tell Her Story

A potent brew of spoken word, film, art, image, live performance and music. Price: Tickets available on the door or email Place: Crown Street Gallery Date and time: Wednesday 30th May 6pm Contact:

ArtsFest: Open Mic for Writers

Prose, poetry, drama, film scripts – all welcome. Simply bring along your piece and read it out in one of the eight-minute slots allocated for each reader. The nights, supported by Darlington for Culture (DfC), offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it. A share of the proceeds is more »

ArtsFest: Barbara Nice: ‘Raffle’

Join the Edinburgh Fringe’s favourite housewife for an evening of proper good fun. Entrance price includes a complimentary raffle ticket! Barbara was all-conquering in her four-part BBC Radio 2 sitcom broadcast in March 2017. Experience this critically acclaimed tip-top character comedy live from Phoenix Nights actress and comedian Janice Connolly. A playful life-affirming show for more »

Arts Festival 2018: Comedy

Several comedy nights are planned this year to put a smile on your face. With well-known stars, local favourites, undiscovered comedians and a children’s workshop there is something for everyone in the 2018 line-up. Starting the season on 21st May is an evening with Matt Reed and supporters at Bannatyne Hotel which will be one more »