Dark and atmospheric nights lie in store this autumn and, no, we’re not talking about the weather.
While summer plays out, there’s plenty to occupy our thoughts in Northern Stage’s newly-announced autumn season which features eerie drama and enough chills to send a shiver down the spine.
Looking ahead to October, the Newcastle theatre will be co-producing The Noise, described as a “sci-conspiracy thriller” set on a remote island near Antartica which begins with an iceberg in the harbour and a body washed ashore.
Having its premiere from October 4-12 before it goes on tour, the play - also involving Unlimited Theatre - is about memories and secrets and the effects of an ever-present sound which forms the backdrop to the curious story.
Then, from October 22-23, RashDash – stars of Northern Stage’s Edinburgh Festival programme last year – return with The Ugly Sisters, a cabaret which promises a sinister re-telling of Cinderella, all “thumping drums, clanging keys and violent voices”.
As we know, little ones love edge-of-the-seat thrills too and they’ll find those in Tallest Tales from the Furthest Forest, from November 18 to January 4, when the team who created previous hits The Little Detective Agency and Shhh … A Christmas Tale come back with stories from the shadows for under-sixes.
Another programme highlight will be Northern Stage’s first show by its new artistic director Lorne Campbell, bringing to life a grisly tale to add a dark slant to the festive season. Shot through with an edge of danger, Dark Woods, Deep Snow. A Grimm Tale for Christmas - which has just wowed audiences at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe - also combines plenty music and what Lorne describes as “joyful mayhem” in its tale of super-hero outcasts ready to do battle.
And up in the Scottish capital, as part of the theatre’s festival programme there, it won The Scotsman’s annual Spirit of the Fringe award. We’ll get to see what took the judges’ fancy when it runs here from December 2-28. With music, danger, a lot of fun and a bit of magic we hope audiences will come and join us for a Christmas of joyful mayhem,” says Lorne.
If you’re looking for a change of mood then comedy is included in season opener Jumpers for Goalposts, a new production by Paines Plough of Tom Wells’ football story from October 1-5 and Twelfth Night from October 22-26 – an energetic take on the Shakespeare comedy co-produced by Filter and the RSC. Theatre O’s The Secret Agent, inspired by the Joseph Conrad novel, will be on from October 16-19 while dance fans are catered for by Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Particle Velocity (October 10-11) and a mix of breakdance, contemporary moves, acrobatics and ballet from Nobulus Dance in Out of the Shadow (November 8-9).