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TakeOff Festival 2014

Monday 20 - Sunday 26 October
TakeOff Festival is a week-long celebration of theatre for children and young people, performed by some of the best theatre-makers in the UK for children. TakeOff Festival takes over the North East with many fantastic events happening across venues and schools, with lots to join in with right here in Durham.

For more information, and the full festival programme, click HERE.


  The Secret Life of Suitcases
TakeOff Festival 2014

Friday 24 Oct, 10.30am & 1.30pm & Saturday 25 Oct, 11.30am & 4.00pm
Larry’s got no time for fun, but that’s all about to change… Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying and generally putting things in order. Everything in its place, a place for everything. But one day, a suitcase suddenly appears at his door. A suitcase with a tiny label. A tiny label with Larry’s name on it. And this suitcase has a mission... An Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker / Unicorn production. Running Time: 45 minutes. Suitable for ages: 4+.

For more information, and the full TakeOff Festival programme, click HERE.

£7 (£5 conc), £20 Family Ticket

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  Hansel & Gretel
TakeOff Festival 2014

Saturday 25 Oct, 11.00am & 2.00pm
Hunger. Gnaws at the stomach like a dog on a bone. If only… if only there were a cake… a cake as big as a house. Sometimes, if you want something badly enough, it might just happen. But getting what you want isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. With succulent music and film, puppets and masks, this is a delicious treat of a show. A Horse & Bamboo production. Running Time: 75 minutes. Suitable for ages 5+.

“I adore Horse and Bamboo… utterly engaging theatre. I cannot speak too highly about the quality and originality of their shows” Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit)

For more information, and the full TakeOff Festival programme, click HERE.

£7 (£5 conc), £20 Family Ticket

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Jeremy Hardy

Saturday 25 Oct, 8.00pm
Jeremy has been a stand-up comic since 1984 and will be one until he dies… or wins the lottery. He best known for his work on Radio 4, notably on News Quiz, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation. In 2010, he published a book, My Family and Other Strangers, chronicling his desperate search for interesting ancestors.

“a comic genius” Sandi Toksvig

£14 (£5 conc)

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The Red Cross Charity Concert

Sunday 26 Oct, 7.00pm
The County Durham and Teesside branch of the British Red Cross is delighted to welcome back Murton Colliery Band and Youth Connection Singers from Chester Le Street with their junior choir, Drama Tree. Headlining the show is Teesside-born opera singer Suzannah Clarke whose versatile voice has won her international acclaim. Together they provide a wonderful evening of music, with all proceeds used by the British Red Cross (this year celebrating 150 years of humanitarian action) to fund their work caring for people in crisis.

£10 (£8 conc)

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