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Stage Editorial

sunfest17.jpg Heard the gossip…
 

…Sunderland drama students are staging a series of critically acclaimed plays at Arts Centre Washington as part of the annual arts festival ‘Sunfest’ throughout May. Fancy that!

This is the fifth year that such a take-over has taken place and 2017’s programme is stuffed to bursting with exciting productions. We’re talking On The Wrong Side of the Tide (a night of ghostly goings on await a group of students visiting Holy Island in this new play inspired by the work of David Almond and north-eastern folklore – 4 May); Fractured Voices/Patterns of Purple Flowers (verbatim theatre based on the true and poignant stories of domestic abuse survivors and their family and friends – 6 May); Gut Girls (the moving story of the girls who work in the gutting sheds of the Cattle Market and how their lives are changed when the sheds are closed down – 11 & 13 May); Caucasian Chalk Circle (Brecht’s epic play is a parable about a peasant girl who rescues a baby and becomes a better mother than its wealthy natural parents – 18 May); Mother Courage (set during the Thirty Years’ War, Mother Courage, a canteen woman, pulls her cart with her three children in the wake of the army, trading with the soldiers and attempting to make profit from the war); Coriolanus (Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge – 25 May); and Romeo and Juliet (you’ll know this one, right? 27 May).

Sunfest, Thursday 4-Saturday 27 May, Arts Centre Washington, 7.30pm, £5-£7.50. artscentrewashington.co.uk