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The Customs House Youth Theatre
Fri 6th May / 4.30pm / £3.50
The Customs House Youth Theatre is open to all young people aged between 10 and 21 years old who have an interest in theatre, devising and acting. The Youth Theatre meet each Friday in term time and produce two original performances each year. There are two groups: Juniors for Years 6-10 (10 to 15 years) and Seniors for Year 11+ (15-21 years). Sessions are led by Toni McElhatton and Fiona Martin. Since 2011, the Seniors have been part of ...
Jack and the Beanstalk
Tue 29th November / Times Vary / Prices from £9.75
Following the success of Alice in Wonderland we are delighted to announce next years panto as Jack and the Beanstalk. Tickets are already selling fast so please call Box Office on 0191 454 1234 for dates times and prices. We look forward to seeing you.
Joe McElderry: The Northern Light Tour 2016
Fri 19th August / 7.30pm & 2.30pm Matinee (Sat Only) / £21.50, £20 Concessions, £68 Family Ticket, £75 VIP ticket
Following Joe McElderry's UK tour as Jopseph in Bill Kenwright's production of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Joe is excited to bring his brand new show to The Customs House. Joe, known for his 24k voice will take you on a musical journey that will appeal to everybody with this warm foot tapping family show. His unmistakable voice, easy wit and warm rapport have endeared him to all ages from 5 to 95. Whether he's singing a pop ...
Mini Maker Mondays
Mon 30th May / 11am-2pm / £2 per child
Mini Maker Mondays 11am till 2pm in the school holidays Suitable for children under 12 with their parent/guardian. No need to book buy your tickets on the day from the box office £2 per child. Get creative at The Customs House. Take part in fun craft activities in the school holidays at The Customs House, South Shields. 30 May Fish Kites Craft a beautiful fish kite decorated with different patterns. This is on during our amazing Takeover our festival for ...
Make your own teapot with Muddy Fingers Pottery.
Sat 28th May / 1.30 - 4pm / £35
Join Muddy Fingers Pottery here at The Customs House for a creative and inspiring teapot making session! No experience necessary but we do ask that you are over 16 years old. All materials, equipment and firings are provided for you to create a handmade teapot, and we will provide the stunning riverside setting to inspire you. With two expert tutors on hand to advise and inspire, you will make a two cup teapot of your own design during the afternoon ...
Wed 24th August / 7.45pm & 2.30pm (Thurs & Sat Matinee Only) / £17.50 / £15 Friends & Conc.
The Customs House proudly present DOLLY MIXTURES A brand new musical by John Miles & Tom Kelly. Inspired by a True Story. Directed by Ray Spencer 8 Ordinary Women 1 Extraordinary Story Dolly Mixtures is based on eight South SHields women who set-up the variety act, The Dolly Mixtures when one of their husbands' Ken Graham was diagnosed with cancer in 1972. For 15 years they performed in working men's clubs throughout the North-East to raise money for charity ...
Wed 4th May / 10am-6pm / FREE!
26 March – 8 May 2016 Main Gallery Dreaming of Home brings together hand crafted work exploring the theme of ‘home’. Anne’s work is based on one of her darkest tales ‘The Poison Gardner’ – a story inspired by Alnwick Garden. Gaynor’s work sees the home as the origin of imaginative play, and includes contributions from Diane Shaw, Kath Price and Louise Edwards. Closing event Tuesday 3 May 2016 6-8 pm Find out more about artist Anne Curtis in ...
Aca-Along Pitch Perfect
Mon 30th May / 7pm / Pay What You Like. Call 0191 4541234 for details
Join the Bardem Bellas on their journey to the National Acapella Competition Finals. So bring it with your best “sha la la la la”s and get your aca-on, with assistance from a local three-piece harmony group - The Alkaseltzer Sisters. (+12) This event was chosen by young people from The Takeover Team. The Takeover is an arts festival organised by young adults, showcasing work by young creators and developing young behind-the-scenes talent. For more information or to get involved ...
Custom Reels Short Film Awards
Thu 2nd June / 7pm / Pay What You Like. Call 0191 4541234 for more information.
Come dressed to the nines to the Custom Reels Short Film Awards Ceremony, dedicated to showcasing young people’s filmmaking talent in the North East. Your host Ben Crompton (Game of Thrones, Doctor Who) will be joined by fellow judges Samm Haillay (Third Films, Teeside University), and Chris Slaters (The Dumping Ground, Tracy Beaker Returns) to present awards for Best Film, Best Direction, Best Performance and the One to Watch. Filmmakers aged 10-25 years old can enter their short film ...
Thu 5th May / 5pm / £3.50
Custom Reels is open to all young people aged 13 and 19 years old who have an interest in cinema and filmmaking. Custom Reels meets each Thursday in term time to produce at least three original short films each year. Sessions are led by Daniel Clifford and Georgia Shippen, with special sessions delivered by professional filmmakers from around the North East. Films created on the project are screened at The Customs House and entered into film festivals. Our film, ...
Sun 5th June / Times Vary / £20.00 Per Young Person and Carer
Inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest, this vibrant and enchanting multi-sensory play for young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities explores the loving relationship between parent and child. Performed for small audiences in a specially designed domed theatre, and featuring live music, singing and digital projection, this play offers a unique experience rich in action, colour, sound, touch and emotion. Recommended for ages 11+ Spaces are extremely limited for this very special event.
Black Is The Color Of My Voice
Sat 9th July / 7.30pm / £13 Early Bird/ £15 Standard / £12 Friends
Recommended age 12 + Direct from sell-out performances in New York, Shanghai and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Apphia Campbell delivers a one-woman musical show inspired by the life of Nina Simone, portraying fictional character Mena Bordeaux. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to Simone she shares her life from young piano prodigy to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement. An intense hour including a powerful soundtrack of Simone hits. Written and performed by Apphia Campbell ...
Thu 21st July / 6pm / £13, £11 Conc., £42 Family , £23 Meal Deal Early Bird £15, £13 Conc., £50 Family, £25 Meal Deal Standard
From ‘the heirs to the comedy theatre tradition’ (The Guardian), this award-winning, laugh-out-loud spin on Spielberg’s classic Jurassic Park is a theatrical celebration of cinematic nostalgia. Welcome to the unlikely setting of Lyme Regis Community Centre, where the Park Family embark on a journey to a misty past. When things go wrong, family feuds are faced with the rapturous roar of DIY dinosaurs. Superbolt Theatre’s five-star production is an epic adventure of show-stopping, spine-tingling theatrics and dino mayhem. Direct ...
Bring It On
Fri 12th August / Times Vary / £10 / £8 conc./ £30 family Ticket / Friends £7 (Friday Only) Early Bird
Brought to you by The Customs House Summer School Based on the hit film, created by a dream team of award-winning Broadway talent and nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical, BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL is a high-flying thrill ride where the cutthroat world of competitive cheerleading meets the fierce rivalries of high school politics and romance. Campbell is cheer-royalty at Truman High School and her senior year should prove the most cheertastic - she’s been named ...
Thu 27th October / 7.15pm / £15.50, £14.50 conc & Friends
Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborne's modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment. Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh as the Archie Rice, with John Hurt as Billy Rice in the final production for Plays at the Garrick season.
Thu 19th May / 6-8pm / £5
Following the success of our Drawing for Beginners course and Taster Session, we have decided to keep the momentum going by continuing a weekly drawing group for adults. The idea is to bring people together to explore drawing for pleasure, stimulate discussion, share skills, challenge ideas and improve our understanding of the world and each other. These weekly sessions will be less formal than the previous drawing course but will still be led by our Gallery Learning Officer Lesley ...
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