Colourful shows have a splash of magic

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COLOURFUL performers take to the Sunderland stage tomorrow as part of a drive to boost theatre on Wearside.

The Sunderland Stages project is aimed at bringing theatre, dance and spoken word to the masses at a host of venues across the city.

The latest performance in the 
initiative takes place at Bonded Warehouse, in Low Street, East End, with Oh, I Can’t Be Bothered!

It’s an eye-catching blend of 
music, dance and theatre by RashDash theatre company who were 
recently nominated for an Offie Award, The Off West End Theatre Awards.

Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen star as Bea and Dee, two women magnetically drawn to each other; they dance, fight, laugh, paint, come together and fall apart in this performance art piece.

Venues taking place in the Sunderland Stages project include the Royalty Theatre, Arts Centre Washington, North Shore in St Peter’s, the Museum and Winter Gardens, Independent in Holmeside and The Canny Space at Holy Trinity Church, East End.

Project leader and creative director of Arts Centre Washington, Helen Green, said: “Over the past five years since I came to Arts Centre Washington and introduced a performance programme we have steadily 
developed a reputation for really high quality theatre.

“However, we felt that a number of factors such as poor public transport links were making it difficult for Sunderland residents from over the other side of the A19 from Washington to visit us. We teamed up with The Royalty Theatre and Sunderland University Students 
Union to become the core partners in presenting performances that 
otherwise would not reach the main city of Sunderland.”

Other Sunderland Stages performances this month include Letting Off Steam, an evening of entertaining rhythms, rhyming and ranting from three of the North’s top female wordsmiths, at The Canny Space on November 21, and children’s puppet show, In a Nutshell, at the Museum and Winter Gardens on November 
28 and 29. Highlights also include Hopelessly Devoted at Arts Centre Washington on November 20, the new play by Mercury Music Prize nominated Kate Tempest.

*Oh, I Can’t Be Bothered! is at Bonded Warehouse tomorrow at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8.50 or £5 for students.

•For more information on Sunderland Stages visit