24 Jan - 23 Dec 2022
24 Jan - 23 Dec 2022
Art & CultureHistory, heritage & archeologyPerformance

Reiver – Tales From The Borders


16 Nov 2022 - 01 Dec 2022

Delivered by Elysium Theatre Company

Elysium Theatre Company and Alnwick Playhouse present: REIVER – TALES FROM THE BORDERS by Steve Byron, starring Micky Cochrane, Steven Stobbs & Karen Traynor, directed by Jake Murray, designed by Caitlin Mills and Lee Ward, original music by Wilf Stone.

The Reivers: lawless families who terrorised the Anglo-Scottish border on both sides of Hadrian’s Wall for 400 years from Newcastle to Edinburgh, Carlisle to Dumfries, until King James 1st finally broke their power.

Steve Byron weaves three unforgettable stories together to conjure of a world not unlike our own in which law and order must fight cruelty and corruption: ‘Blackmail’, ‘A Godforsaken Place’ & ‘The Widow’s Path’: a farmer, a lawman and a young woman sold into slavery take a stand for justice against the power of the Reivers.

An gripping new play drawn from the rich history and folklore of the Border Region, adventure, excitement and intrigue for all the family.

Elysium Theatre Company is a Durham-based company which brings theatre to the North East. ‘Reiver’ is their first new play. Catch it at the following dates:

16-17 Nov: Alnwick Playhouse Bondgate Without, Alnwick, NE66 1PQ

18 Nov: The Exchange, Howard St, North Shields, NE30 1SE

19 Nov: Ushaw Historic House, Woodland Rd, County Durham DH7 9RH

23 Nov: Hatfield College Chapel, North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3RQ

24 Nov Dufton Village Hall, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6BZ

25 Nov: Mickleton Village Hall, Mickleton, Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 0JR

26 Nov: Wark Town Hall, Main St, Wark, Hexham, NE48 3LG

27 Nov: Allendale Village Hall, Leadgate, Allendale Town, Hexham NE47 9PR

29 Nov: Newcastle Castle, the Black Gate, Castle Garth, Newcastle, NE1 1RQ

30 Nov: Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont St, Hexham, NE46 3LS

1 Dec: Dovecote Centre, Dovecote St, Amble, Morpeth, NE65 0DX.

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W’all ❤️ The Wall

Tyne Theatre & Opera House Bistro Bar, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 4AG

04 Sep 2022

  • Guide dog friendly
  • Wheelchair accessibile

Delivered by Sun of a Gun and Tyne Theatre Productions

North-East based comedy writers’ group Sun of a Gun are partnering with Tyne Theatre Productions to present an original live comedy sketch show celebrating HW1900 at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House Bistro Bar on Westgate Road Newcastle, Sunday September 4th 2022 at 8pm. The show will be packed with masonry-related humour, short sketches and original songs inspired by the iconic Hadrian’s Wall. Our charismatic MC will keep everything on track and suitably related to local Roman heritage.

Members of Sun of a Gun writers’ group have previously written and performed for BBC Radio Newcastle’s Grin Up North programme. Produced in conjunction with Tyne Theatre Productions and performed in the Grade I listed beautiful Tyne Theatre & Opera House Bistro Bar the North part of which is located within the boundary of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.

Please note, this show contains some adult content and swearing.

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Art & CulturePerformance

Traditional Clog Dancing

Housesteads Roman Fort, Hexham, NE47 6NN

13 Aug 2022

Delivered by Hadrian Clog

Hadrian Clog is based in Northumberland, and perform a wide variety of clog and hard shoe dances from the North East of England, Scotland, Lancashire and beyond, as far afield as Ottowa and Cape Breton. They take traditional steps, give them their own ‘Hadrian’ twist, and pair them with their favourite folk tunes and songs.

While the dances are based on traditional steps, they also enjoy creating and choreographing their own unique dances.

Hadrian Clog are a lively clog team, and many of their dancers are musicians too, with fiddles, concertina, melodeon and bodhran accompanying their steps. With youngsters from 8 to adults, the team puts on a show for all ages. They have been seen ‘Dancing the Wall’ from Newcastle to Carlisle. On the 13th August, you can catch them at Housesteads Roman Fort.

For bookings contact Georgia Shorrock on 07894716635 or email georgiashorrock39@gmail.com

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The Writing’s on the Wall – Anthology Launch at the Carlisle Folk Experience

RAOB Club, 20 Fisher St, Carlisle CA3 8RH

14 Jul 2022, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Delivered by Carlisle Writers’ Group

As part of the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 celebration, Carlisle Writers’ Group have produced an anthology of prose and poetry inspired by our iconic landmark. To host the launch of the collection, Carlisle Folk Experience have stepped up to provide a home. The evening will be informal, friendly, and a mix of readings, songs and tunes. Bring cash for your copy of the book and the bar. There may well be snacks and possibly bunting, but fairy lights in jars are not guaranteed. This is a FREE event and goodness knows we could do with that.

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Live Well and Dance With Parkinson’s Performance Collective

The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, NE47 7AN

28 Jul 2022

Delivered by Live Well and Dance

Vallum Hadriani is a promenade piece choreographed by Pelican Theatre, in collaboration with the Live Well and Dance with Parkinson’s performance collective, supported by dance practitioners Molly Grey and Olivia Paddison.

Hadrian’s Wall is a long-standing reminder of the might of the Roman Empire; the strength and bravery of the soldiers who defended it, and the resilience of the wall itself to have survived 1900 years.

It is also the site of the 83-mile Hadrian’s Wall Path; a beautiful walk through some of England’s best countryside, where thousands of people come every year to enjoy the serenity of nature, and observe the fragile, crumbling remains of the wall itself.

Over 12 weeks the dancers have reflected on this relationship between strength and fragility, conflict and serenity, military and nature, to take our audience on a journey through the history of the wall.

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Off the Wall

Arbeia, South Shields' Roman Fort, Baring Street, South Shields NE33 2BB

30 Jul 2022 - 01 Aug 2022

  • Guide dog friendly

Delivered by Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort

A play created by Shields’ own Customs House with “Horrible Histories” author Terry Deary.

Hadrian is on his way to Tyneside to celebrate the Building of his Wall. The Romans and Britons are preparing, but they don’t quite see eye to eye!

You can meet him, greet him, and join in the command performance for his highness.

Price: £5 per person. Tickets available from The Customs House Box Office. Performances at Arbeia at 5.30pm and 7.30pm (duration 1 hour).

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Art & CulturePerformance

Shakespeare’s Globe presents: Julius Caesar

Cloister Lawn, Hexham Abbey

24 Jun 2022

  • Guide dog friendly
  • Wheelchair accessibile

Delivered by Queen’s Hall Arts

This Summer, Shakespeare’s Globe brings a startlingly relevant new production of epic tragedy Julius Caesar to Hexham as part of their nationwide Globe on Tour series.

Conspiracy to kill, cunning rhetoric, a divisive fight for Greatness: Ancient Rome has never felt closer to home. When Cassius and Brutus decide Rome’s leader Caesar poses a political threat to their beloved country, there’s only one solution…

Shakespeare’s Globe and award-winning Director Diane Page bring this brutal tale of ambition, incursion, and revolution to life.

‘Th’ abuse of greatness is when it disjoins
Remorse from power.’
Act II, scene 1

“The Globe is now the leading place to celebrate our greatest playwright.” The Guardian

“A tremendous amount to enjoy.” Time Out

On Tour Press Quotes:

“Summer is all the sweeter for a Shakespeare road trip.” The Daily Telegraph

“It must be summer: Shakespeare’s Globe’s travelling troupe is back.” The Independent

Age guidance: 12+
Running time: approx 2hrs

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Hadrian Festival 2022

Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum, Buddle Street, Wallsend NE28 6HR

20 Aug 2022 - 21 Aug 2022 , 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Guide dog friendly
  • Wheelchair accessibile

Delivered by Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum

Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum presents a weekend of re-enactments, storytellers and heritage craft artists to pay homage to the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Browse the Roman Market, watch the action in the arena as the Gladiators undertake training, guidance and instruction, have a go at archery or get involved in the hands-on craft activities all from historical tents.

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Hadrian’s Wall Choral Festival

Carlisle Cathedral, 7 Abbey St, Carlisle CA3 8TZ

09 Jul 2022

  • Hearing impaired friendly
  • Guide dog friendly
  • Wheelchair accessibile

Delivered by Carlisle Cathedral

After an enforced break of two years, Carlisle Cathedal is delighted to host the choirs of Newcastle Cathedral and Hexham Abbey to join with their own Cathedral Choirs in celebrating the musical life of these great churches joined in fellowship along Hadrian’s Wall.

This event is sponsored by Armstrong Watson.

The Hadrian’s Wall Choral Festival is part of Carlisle Cathedral’s 900th Anniversary Programme, “Journey and Rest” supported by Hayward Tod as our principle partner.

Tickets: £15 / 16-18 year-old: £5 / Under-16s: Free

Tickets available here or in person in Carlisle Cathedral Shop.
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Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Community Grants

Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival is delighted to be offering a series of community grants to help deliver festival activity.

Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Community Grants have been made available with funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund to support the creation and delivery of events and activity for Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival. 

The grants will be administered by Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM) in partnership with English Heritage on behalf of the Hadrian’s Wall Partnership.

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