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Sunderland Winter Gardens will soon be hosting a very special play to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and the Armistice. The Muddy Choir tells the story of three working-class Sunderland soldiers who are serving with the Durham Light Infantry in the conflict. The trio...
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The Sunderland Libraries Literature Festival will set out to celebrate all things local this year – with a focus on the north east’s artists, authors, playwrights and musicians. The festival will offer a range of highlights including a murder mystery evening, screenings of old films, creative writing workshops and events...
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A PhD student at the University of Sunderland has created a stunning chandelier – using almost 1000 pieces of upcycled glass. Helen Pailing created her chandelier – entitled Adorn – using cut-off pieces of glass discarded by lamp makers. These pieces – of all sizes and shapes – were reworked...
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Sunderland’s Summer Streets music festival will return this year, but the event will have a new home. Summer Streets – which this year will be part of the Tall Ships Race – will move from its traditional site of Thompson Park, Southwick, to Seaburn Recreation Park. The festival, which will take...
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A north-east production of the gothic classic Dracula is to be staged with a difference – as part of the play audiences will walk through a spooky regional landmark. The show, directed by University of Sunderland drama graduate Kylie Archer, will take the audiences on a ‘horror tour’ of Newcastle’s...
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Street artists and performers of all kinds have been invited by Sunderland City Council to showcase their talents – the prize being a chance to entertain the public when the Tall Ships Race 2018 visits Sunderland.  Successful applicants will have two opportunities to perform during the four-day event, which will...
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A Sunderland writer with strong connections to TV’s Coronation Street is to give two talks next week as part of the Sunderland Literature Festival.  Glenda Young, who studied journalism at the University of Sunderland, has been running the Coronation Street Blog since 2007. She has also written seven Coronation Street TV-tie-in...
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A University of Sunderland graduate has helped film three ‘lost’ episodes of the classic 1960s TV science fiction series Thunderbirds. Produced between 1964 and 1966, Thunderbirds used a kind of electric puppetry called supermarionation, along with scale models. Two original series were filmed, consisting of a total of 32 episodes. Andrew...
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A University of Sunderland graduate has penned a Japanese-themed series of books full of swords, sorcery and humour. After graduating in 1990 with a degree in English studies, Jason Rohan went to work as a teacher in Japan. His experiences there – as well as his travels to destinations like...
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This September, the north east will be treated to a ‘double bill’ of plays about Sunderland AFC. After a depressing and frustrating season, Sunderland fans might want to forget about football for a while, but the two short plays from Sunderland-based theatre company Cracked Anvil promise an interesting night for...

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