Sunderland theatre group in line for award

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A GROUP which brings theatre to parks, hotels, bars and churches is planning a new year filled with more fun – and it could eventually expand its horizons.

The Sunderland-based Theatre Space North East is staging three more plays in the city’s parks in 2015 as well as workshops with local schools.

Its popular writing festival is also set to return in what promises to be another busy year.

Officials have also revealed they would eventually like to expand beyond the boundaries of Sunderland to take in South Shields.

But in the meantime, there is more good news for Theatre Space North East, as it has been nominated for the What’s On Where Awards.

The awards are held in association with our weekly entertainments guide, Wow 24/7, and aim to reward the elite in everything from restaurants to children’s venues, takeaways to parks and community areas, and hotels to the best shopping experience.

Corinne Kilvington, the artistic director with Theatre Space North East, said it was “lovely” to have been nominated for the Contribution to Culture category of the awards.

She added: “We have had a really successful first year and we have been a company for just over a year now. In the next couple of years, we want to keep the summer season going and expanding.”

In 2015, Hamlet will be performed in Roker Park, Treasure Island in Mowbray Park, and Twelfth Night in Barnes Park.

Corinne said Theatre Space North East was solely based in Sunderland at the moment and said the city was “everything I need for now”.

But she added: “We want to go out to Shields and to the suburbs and use more of the parks and spaces.”

Speaking of the nomination, she said: “I am really pleased. It is nice that this level of innovative theatre has encouraged support.”

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