Rumpelstiltskin: a fairytale for all ages

balletLORENT‘s award-winning team returns to Darlington Hippodrome with an original version of the beloved tale Rumpelstiltskin, directed by Liv Lorent and rewritten by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Full of action and humour this emotionally rich fairytale is set in a world of sheep, straw, wool and spinning where the alchemist Rumpelstiltskin is an outcast more »

Follow your art – support local groups

By Jo Potter, chair of DfC What can be done to attract audiences away from their home-entertainment systems to support the many events that take place in Darlington throughout the year? You often hear that it is too expensive, or car parking is difficult, or that there is no bus service, but many events, particularly more »

Acting for Film – Summer ’18

Spend a week with actress, writer and producer Susie Potter. Learn how to develop your craft as an actor and gain skills in improvisation, script writing and acting for film. You will end the week filming your piece to camera. The course is for 11- to 18-year-olds and will take place at The Majestic Theatre, more »

Gilkes Street Artists – Commonplace

Commonplace is an exhibition of work by members of Gilkes Street Artists, a Middlesbrough-based studio group, at Darlington’s purpose-built Crown Street Gallery from Saturday 7 July to Monday 27 August. In Commonplace, the artists investigate their personal ideas of the everyday experience through painting, printmaking, mixed media and tapestry weaving. For more information, visit Darlington more »

GOLD Tea Dance

The annual tea dance organised by GOLD (Growing Older Living in Darlington), which is run by Citizens Advice Darlington, takes place on Thursday 16th August from 11am to 3pm in the Market Square, Darlington. The event  includes music from Little Big Band, line dancing, hamper draw, raffle, stalls, free tea and scones.

‘The Great Joe Wilson’ at the Hippodrome

From the co-writer of Dirty Dusting, Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham, comes another brilliant play (with music) by playwright Ed Waugh. ‘The Great Joe Wilson’ stars Micky Cochrane (Catherine Cookson’s Fifteen Streets), Sarah Boulter and Jamie Brown (The Lake Poets) Victorian singer/songwriter Joe Wilson made more »

Darlington Embroiderers’ Guild

Darlington Embroiderers’ Guild hosts a talk by Annette Jeavons, entitled Art Quilts, on 1st September at 1.30pm in Elm Ridge Methodist church hall. New members always welcome. For more information, visit the website.

DHS programme of summer walks

Darlington Historical Society (DHS) programme of summer walks – each walk usually cost £1 per person, no booking required. Please check DHS website. Saturday 16 June ‘Yards & Darlington Stories’ walk with Jean Kirkland Meet at 1pm at the Town Clock Sunday 22 July ‘North Road’s Railway History’ walk with David Howlett Meet at 1.30pm more »

Library service: judicial review

On Monday 16th July, a High Court judge handed down a ruling in the Crown Street Library judicial review case. The ruling was in favour of Darlington Borough Council’s plans to close the Crown Street building and move the central library service to the Dolphin Centre. Read the council’s statement in response to the ruling more »

Hippodrome – activities in August

The Hippodrome will not have any shows on during August, but the theatre will be opening its doors and hosting a range of activities including live music, theatre tours, craft and drama workshops, opportunities to view archive materials and an exciting ‘Family Trail’.  Scrap at the Hipp Yvonne Preston from Scrap Studios will be running more »