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 »

Arts Festival 2018: Literary events and talks

The festival presents talks for all ages with an intergenerational event on 21st May commemorating the 100th anniversary of Votes for Women, with special guest speakers, and a young writers workshop on 30th May. Plus, there is the NERA talk on 19th May, a performance by Vane Women on 30th May and two talks by more »

ArtsFest: The Synthetic Narrative of the LILS

What happens to muse-driven writers when the muse is absent? Finding himself bereft, the husk, John S Rutherford reviewed his literary pretensions for inspiration and returned to his connection with The Long Itchington Literary Society for solace. In an act of breathless cultural appropriation Mr Rutherford will present an hour of The Synthetic Narrative of members and associates of more »

ArtsFest: Soapbox Sessions

Soapbox Sessions is a weekly open mic night for musicians, comedians and poets, which takes place at Hole In The Wall, hosted by Dave Saunders. The event features a different special-guest headliner every Sunday night – gather, watch, perform. Price: Free Place: Hole In The Wall Date and time: 20th May doors 7pm Contact:

ArtsFest: Young Writers Creative Workshop

Young writers (aged 7+) are invited to join author and creative writing tutor Tracey Iceton for this fun, interactive story workshop. There will be the chance to create your own storybook with advice on writing characters, developing plot, using imaginative language and including action, speech and description in your stories. There will also be chance more »