Great Drama in Easy Reach

Great Drama in Easy Reach at Arts Centre Washington

Award-winning shows, acclaimed performers and great stories from some of the most exciting theatre companies in the UK; if you enjoy great theatre or want to try something new, it’s right on your doorstep in Washington.

Enjoy 'Great Drama in Easy Reach' with these wonderful and highly acclaimed plays at Arts Centre Washington. 

Jumping Puddles

The funny and moving story of Grace and Anna, two sisters at war who are fast-tracked to adulthood when their world is turned upside down.

Jumping Puddles was created from real stories collected from 162 young women from across the North, looking at the real issues facing young women today and the sometimes harsh realities of their lives.

“Open Clasp is truly a treasure of the North East” British Theatre Guide.

Thursday 26 February 7.30pm.

This wonderful play is also being performed at The Royalty Theatre on 25 February as part of Sunderland Stages.

Find out more about 'Jumping Puddles'.

Kicking and Screaming

Like a tiny bomb exploding in the middle of your life, the baby arrives - and suddenly nothing will ever be the same again.

In this fast and funny new play, Tangled Feet take a sideways look at how we cope with our children – and how our parents coped with us. A perfect show for anyone who has experienced the minefield that is family.

Tangled Feet are “defining the future of theatre” The Edinburgh Guide.

Thursday 5 March at 7.30pm and Friday 6 March at 1.30pm.*

*Friday's performance is a relaxed performance for parents or carers and babies under 18 months.

Find out more about 'Kicking and Screaming'.


Highly topical, Broke is an entertaining, thought-provoking look at the nature of debt and what it means to be broke.

Based on interviews taken across the UK in 2014, multi award winners The Paper Birds take real life stories from the front line of poverty and debt to create a visually stunning new production. A heartfelt and urgent look at the debt of a nation from displaced families and gambling addictions to beans on toast.

“Broke is a passionate and thoughtful show… exposing painful lies about poverty” The Scotsman.

Thursday 12 March 7.30pm.

Find out more about 'Broke'.


One actor. One hour. One man’s epic quest to reunite with his family and seek his bloody revenge.

Odyssey follows the Greek warrior Odysseus in his relentless attempt to get home so he can see his wife and son again before he dies. Up against the God Poseidon and his hurricanes; nymphs that sexually enslave him; countless characters, creatures and ferocious one-eyed monsters; whatever hardship he endures, Odysseus’ tough heart won’t give in.

But after twenty years away from home will everything be as he left it…?

‘Homer’s Odyssey is a big story …the idea that this could be made into a one man show is mind-boggling. But it has,and quite remarkable it is too’ Edinburgh Guide.

Thursday 26 March at 7.30pm.

Find out more about 'Odyssey'.

Cape Wrath

An epic journey in a stationary minibus.

“After he retired, my Grandad went on a trip from the Midlands up to Cape Wrath, the most North-Westerly point of his native Scotland. He sat, looked at the sea, and thought about his life. Then he got up and went home. Over 20 years later, I got on a coach and followed in his footsteps. This is what I learned” Alexander Kelly, writer and director.

“Charming, totally involving show... a must-see.” The Skinny.

“This enchanting ride.” Exeunt Magazine.

Tuesday 21 April 6.00pm and 8.00pm.

Find out more about 'Cape Wrath'.

The Lifes and Loves of a Nobody

A story of hope, fame and love gone wrong from internationally acclaimed theatre makers Third Angel.

Rachel always wanted to be a star of the silver screen from the moment she cuddled up to her grandpa on the sofa and watched old black and white movies on the television.

She wanted her name in lights. She dreamt of a future and she ran away with the circus.

“Completely absorbing... very creatively and imaginatively staged”

“I came away feeling inspired and exhilarated”

Audience quotes from the show’s first performances at Sheffield Theatres.

“the visual payoff is sublime... It is well worth getting to know Rachel” The Guardian

Thursday and Friday 21 and 22 May 7.30pm.

Find out more about 'The Lifes and Loves of a Nobody'

Three for the price of two!

If you enjoy great theatre and want to see more of it in easy reach of your own home, take advantage of this great offer and see three shows for the price of two.

Simply quote ‘REACH’ when calling to book your tickets.

This offer is available for all shows except Cape Wrath.

How to Book

Book online at Arst Centre Washington or contact the Box Office on 0191 219 3455.

Or visit:

Arts Centre Washington
Biddick Lane
Tyne and Wear
NE38 8AB

REACH is a project bringing new theatre to the North East, managed by ARC Stockton and Dep Arts Ltd and funded by Arts Council England.

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