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Photograph of performer Alex Elliott firing a glitter cannon, from Best in the World
Photographer: Reed Ingram Weir


What a year it has been for Unfolding Theatre! Our 10th birthday celebration at Pop Recs was one to remember. Thank you to everyone who came down and had a merry time singing and playing some classic Christmas hits and tunes from the show. It’s fair to say it always feels good to get the band back together.

2018 has been a whirlwind of a year. The Unfolding Theatre team expanded with Associate Artists, Luca Rutherford and Garry Lydon joining Alex Elliott. We joined the Arts Council as a National Portfolio Organisation. And Multiverse Arcade debuted in the summer for the Great Exhibition of the North. We would like to say #ThanksToYou to all our supporters and the lottery funding that’s made our work possible since 2008.

Thank you to the 16,701 people who visited Multiverse Arcade over the summer at Great Exhibition of the North. Over 4,000 people added their voices to the arcade. They shared their ideas for the changes we need to make to save the future. Hear what they had to say at our Multiverse Arcade Insta. Next year will bring new ideas as we take Multiverse Arcade on the road.

We can’t wait for 2019. It’s going to be another action-packed year with the development of our next touring show. It explores the forgotten parts of our life stories. The creative team brings together theatre-makers Alex Elliott, Luca Rutherford and Selina Thompson, musicians, Mariam Rezaei and Paul Smith, Associate Artist, Garry Lydon, director, Annie Rigby and choreographer, Liv Lorent. Dream team!

As part of our creative process, we've been running workshops exploring memory with older people at Chain Reaction, and parents and babies at Byker Sands Centre. We look forward to sharing work-in-progress in the new year.

Did you miss Annie and Alex on Radio 4, talking about our recent tour of Best in the World? You can listen again here.

You can find out more about us by reading our 2016/17 Annual Report. You can also read about the experiences of the people who came and played onstage with us in Putting the Band Back Together in Maddy Costa's beautiful 'zine, Stories from the House Band.

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