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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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A glass artist from Sunderland has designed the perfect gin and tonic glass, helped make stained glass windows and picked up a prestigious national award – all while still a student.  Anne Selway, 26, is currently finishing off her degree in glass and ceramics at the University of Sunderland. For...
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North-east comedian Vic Reeves is said to be “made up” at having landed a small part in long-running soap Coronation Street. It turns out that Vic, 58, is a lifelong fan of the Manchester-based soap opera. The Sun newspaper has revealed that Vic will play a shopkeeper in a short run...
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The University of Sunderland is set to host a graphic novel expo that will feature some of the world’s leading illustrators, authors and graphic artists. Among those attending will be artists who have brought to life characters such as Judge Dredd, Batman and the Transformers. Wonderlands, which will take place on...
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A number of critically acclaimed plays are due to be put on at Arts Centre Washington, thanks to the Sunfest festival.   The festival – which will include drama from some of the UK’s and the world’s best playwrights – will run from 4th to 27th May. Organised by the University of...

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