Music & Arts in County Durham
Each week we will bring you details and information from the creative arts across Co Durham

"Your local Youth Theatres need YOU” 

Dulce Et Decorum Est 
Outdoor performance commemorating the end of the Great War 
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November 2018, 4pm & 7pm Hamsterley Forest, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, DL13 

Join a trio of County Durham youth theatres as they bring local stories of WW1 to life in this outdoor theatre performance within Hamsterley Forest. Developed by Jackass, Turrets & WASH Youth Theatres in collaboration with acclaimed theatre company Burn the Curtain & local professional artists, actors & musicians, Dulce Et Decorum est is a hard-hitting journey of resilience, courage & the truth behind that old lie; Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. 

In this promenade theatre performance, Soldiers, Conscripts & Volunteers alike will be plucked from the rolling hills of Durham and plunged into the murk and stink of the First World War. Your Mission? Join the Peart family and bring them home. Follow your guide as you navigate gas attacks, trench warfare, & brutal bombardment amid the destruction of the fields of France. The show has been inspired by local and national research at museums and archives undertaken by the young people with support from youth theatre leaders Jane Crawford, Mike Daynes and Rupert Philbrick. In addition to the young people’s involvement adults from Deaconstar in Bishop Auckland have worked with filmmaker Sheryl Jenkins to produce a film which will be screened at the beginning of each show. Please do come along and support our talented team of young people and theatre makers. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance. Available on line at Ticket Source: Tickets are available to purchase online here: NB: Discounts are available for Group Bookings which should be made direct with Jack Drum Arts email: or call 01388 765002 

This project has been made possible with funding from Northern Heartlands, County Durham Community Foundation's #IWILL funding programme, 3 Towns Area Action Partnership, Durham County Council's Community Learning Programme, F&PC Scotto Charitable Trust, Gaunless Gateway and the National Foundation for Youth Music. Jack Drum Arts CIC Tel: 44 (0) 1388 765002 Email:

Tess Tickle & The Dragettes

Not to be missed, Saturday 24th November. 
A fantastic night of entertainment from Tess Tickle & The Dragettes. £9.00 Entry (including free Sourz Shot) 

Tickets can be purchased from or from the Community Centre

Garlic Theatre Jack and the Beans Talk **New**

UTASS, Middleton in Teesdale Saturday 10th November at 2pm Inspired by the classic fairytale, this fresh and funny retelling of the traditional story of Jack, the giant and the beanstalk, is told with puppets and offers a gentle introduction to theatre for children aged 3 – 7 years. 

Was it a dream or did I hear a talking bean? Jack lives on a small farm with his mum and very little to eat. He likes to talk to the birds, his cow and anyone who will listen. Imagine his surprise when he swaps his cow for some magic beans and starts to hear a whispering in the breeze and a giant rumble in the sky… Award-winning Garlic Theatre bring you this charming and inventive puppet show with plenty of interaction, an enormous beanstalk, bags of gold and a smelly old giant. Jack and the Beans Talk is performed by Iklooshar Malara and is a cautionary tale about what might happen if you throw things out of the window! For ages 3-7yrs and families. Garlic Theatre is an international, award-winning puppet company based in Norfolk. Previous shows include Shoe Kangaroo and the Big Bad Boot, Billy Goats Gruff and There’s A Monster in My Piano. The company tours extensively, reaching audiences of over 20,000 each year and have teamed with Highlights Rural Touring Scheme to bring their latest show to Upper Teesdale Agricultural Services. 

LISTINGS INFORMATION Date/ Time: Saturday 10th November, 2pm Venue: Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services Ltd (UTASS), 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton in Teesdale, Barnard Castle, DL12 0SN Tickets: Adults £7, Children £5, Family Ticket £23 Bookings: Call 01833 641010 or call into the office or visit

Recruiting for BFI Film Academy **New**

For ages 16 to 19 years Saturday 6th October until 10th December 10am til 5pm each day Jack Drum Arts, St Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook, DL15 9DN

We are recruiting for our 2018/19 BFI Film Academy. Suitable for young people ages 16-19 years this course aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers and offers training for film industry roles including writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera. You don’t need to have any experience to take part in the Film Academy, BUT you will definitely need a lot of passion, energy and commitment. 

The course starts on Saturday 6th October 2018 and runs through until 10th December 2018 with additional sessions for Arts Award and a film premiere in January 2019.

If you are interested in applying email for an application pack. Deadline for receipt of application is Monday 24th September. 

This years BFI Academy is supported with additional funding from County Durham Community Foundation's #iwill and Arts & Culture Funding Programmes. Tel 01388 765002 or email for more information

Music sessions for people with Learning disabilities, Autism and PMLD at the Pool of Sound**New**

Do you currently support someone with a learning disability, Autism or PMLD who enjoys music, singing, performing, playing instruments? 

The Pool of Sound is a specialist music project based in Byker Community Centre which provides music activities for a wide spectrum of people with learning disabilities. We currently have some space free across our various one to one studio/group/Drop in Band music sessions. 

Contact us on 0191 265 9341 for a FREE taster session 

See attached flyer for more details 

New Art Group at delves Lane **New**

Tuesday's 1.00 - 3.00pm Cost £3 per week - please reserve your space

Music in schools **Current**

We aim to inspire young people in our communities to enjoy music throughout their lives. We provide a wide range of high quality musical educational opportunities aiming for the highest standards.

What is Music Durham? **Current**

Music Durham steers all musical activity at Durham University. This includes ensembles, concerts, masterclasses and socials. Who can join Music Durham? Anyone! There are different options for students and non-students. 

Why should you join Music Durham? Becoming a member of Music Durham gives you the chance to play in all of our ensembles, as well as exciting solo and chamber performance opportunities. You get access to the fantastic weekly emails about musical opportunities and a great social community.