Published: 25th May 2022

Everyone at The Customs House is thrilled to announce this year’s TAKEOVER line up.

Chosen by our Takeover Team, each day is jam-packed with exciting things to watch and do.

The TAKEOVER is programmed by young people for young people.

Click on the links to find out more about each of the events.

TAKEOVER 2022 Line-Up:

Monday 30 May

Fashion Show & Fashion Masterclass

In this workshop led by Newcastle University’s Fashion society, you’ll learn how to master the fashion walk, how to work in the fashion industry from clothes, to influencing and fashion management, and also being a part of the fashion show! For this workshop please bring a notebook, (paper and pens will be provided), and if you’d like to bring your favourite outfit, additional fashion materials will be provided.

12PM – Fashion Show & Fashion Masterclass

Romeo + Juliet

Directed by Baz Luhrmann

Shakespeare’s famous play is updated to the modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Starring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio as the star-crossed lovers.

2.30PM – Screening: Romeo and Juliet*

Drag Masterclass & Workshop

In this workshop led by Drag Castle and our very own Takeover Team member, Raven, get ready for the ultimate drag masterclass, from learning how to perfect the perfect look, performance and get valuable knowledge from some of Newcastle’s best including Baron LaVey and Rhiebelle, and Drag Idol 2020/21 winner Frida Sapphic!

3PM – Drag Masterclass & Workshop

Queer Prom with Vogue Ball

The return of our Queer prom, suitable for any young person that identifies as LGBTQ+ and is aged 25 and under.

6PM – Queer Prom with Vogue Ball

Takeover Open Exhibition Previews– no booking required.

1-3PM / 5-7PM

Tuesday 31 May

Mini Market Stalls

12.00-6.00pm, The Gallery

This will be a free-flowing entry event so people can come in and out. From 12-6pm come meet some local small, owned businesses in our very own mini market stall! If you would like to have a stall please email [email protected]

The Ultimate Creative Masterclasses

This workshop is all about getting stuck into the creative arts, with zine workshops, tattoo workshops, photography workshops and content creation workshops! From 12-6pm, each workshop is in a 1-hour slot.   All materials will be provided.

12PM – The Ultimate Creative Masterclasses

Rage and Relax art workshop (Part 1)

In this workshop hosted by our two very own Takeover Team members, Jamie and Louis, our rage and relax workshop will be inspiring you to tap into your creative thoughts, whether you’d like to express them on a giant canvas with a lot of paint or indoors in a calmer space using clay or making beads it’s completely up to you! For both workshops, please make sure you wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy.

1PM – Rage and Relax art workshop (Part 1)

Mean Teens Breakdance Jam

Harton Quays Amphitheatre

2.00-6.00pm, free & unticketed

Mean Teens is a breakdance battle event for under 19s aimed at the UKs finest emerging talent featuring live Breaks DJs Khan Fu (Manchester) and Kub (Newcastle)

Judged by the rising stars of the UK breakin scene:

  • McLane (Wales)
  • King Jamez (Derby)
  • AJ (Wolverhampton)

Local and national dancers face off in 2 v 2 competition format to be crowned champion winning cash prizes and more. You’ll be sure to have a fantastic day out for all of the family!

During Mean Teens, we will be taking collections for the Sam Johnson Memorial Fund #mindcharity #mindcharityuk https://www.facebook.com/mindforbettermentalhealth

Sam was 25 years old, he was a fun loving, articulate kind man who always had a smile on his face. On 21st November 2021 Sam lost his life after suffering with a mental health illness. Family and friends were devastated and life will never be the same without Sam. In Sam’s memory there are ongoing fundraising events and one charity that carries out great work for people suffering from a mental health illness is MIND!!

We ask for any donation big or small as every single penny helps.

Information can be found at mind.org.uk

Nobody should face a mental health problem alone. We need your help so we can be there – on the other end of the phone, in local communities and campaigning hard.

Mini Film Festival with DW Media and Wycombe 89 Media

In this film festival we will be watching short films by the young people of the north-east as well as inviting a panel of film producers and professionals, including our Takeover Team member, Milo, to share tips on entering the film industry and how to make a good film. If you’d like to submit a short film to the festival, please email us at [email protected]

7PM – Mini Film Festival


Wednesday 1 May

Theatre and Panto Masterclass 

In this theatre and panto workshop hosted by the talented Elijah Young and panto superstar Wayne Miller. In Elijah’s theatre workshop we’ll be looking at creating your own work for the stage. Expect a mix of writing, acting and discussion on all things theatre. This is an opportunity to hear about the experience of a North East based, professional writer and actor working in the industry.

In Wayne’s panto workshop you’ll learn how to discover and deliver a panto character, the art of slapstick, telling a gag and learning the classic panto “routine”. It’ll be a fantastic experience for all budding performers, and aspiring theatre makers.

12PM – Theatre and Panto Masterclass

Graffiti Mural

In this graffiti workshop you’ll be creating your own names on large pieces of cardboard, learning about the different styles of graffiti, as well as collaboratively spray painting a piece with everyone in the group! Please make sure you wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy.

2.30PM – Graffiti Mural Workshop

Ultimate Creative Theatre Masterclass with Lindsay Nicholson

In this creative masterclass with Lindsay Nicholson who works as a theatre facilitator, you’ll learn how to perfect an audition for theatre with guidance from Lindsay and create your own theatre for social change.

5PM – Ultimate Creative Theatre Masterclass with Lindsay Nicholson

The Terry Kelly Poetry Prize

Join us celebrating young writers and poets of the North East.

7PM – The Terry Kelly Poetry Prize


Thursday 2 June

Headshots for Theatre with Jordan

10-15 minutes each, must be booked in advance (Only 8 slots available)

Professional Photographer Jordan Embleton, will be hosting a free photography headshots session, where you’ll receive your photos via email. Make sure to book to get a slot.

11AM – Headshots for Theatre with Jordan

Circus Extravaganza

Join Emma from Circurama in this workshop to learn how to warm up, create a hula hoop performance, focus on important circus skills as a group such as scarf juggling, feather balancing. And explore the Circurama circus kit of flower ticks, hula hoops, poi and more.

12.30PM – Circus Extravaganza


2.00pm-6:00pm (drop-in session, no need to book)

10 Things I Hate About You

A pretty, popular teenager can’t go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.

Starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger.

2.30 – Screening: 10 Things I Hate About You*

Music Workshop

More details coming soon.

2.45PM – Music Workshop

Quiz night

Get ready for an amazing quiz night led by the Takeover team with amazing prizes up for grabs! So get your teams together and get ready for the Takeover Quiz night!

4.45PM – Quiz Night

Gig Night

Delivered in partnership with We Make Culture, and now in its third year we have Gig Night starring Young Musicians Project (YMP) who are talented young musicians aged 13-19 to who write and play together. It’s not one to miss!

7PM – Gig Night

Friday 3 June

Rage and Relax Workshop (Part 2)

In this workshop hosted by our two very own Takeover Team members, Jamie and Louis, our rage and relax workshop will be inspiring you to tap into your creative thoughts, whether you’d like to express them on a giant canvas with a lot of paint or indoors in a calmer space using clay or making beads it’s completely up to you! For both workshops please make sure you wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy.

12PM – Rage and Relax Workshop (Part 2)

Extreme Baking Workshop

Led by owner of the amazing Urban Bakery, Lindsay Greenhalgh will be hosting our first ever extreme baking workshop. Similar to the show-stopper challenge in The Great British Bake off, you will be able to decorate a cake on your own and also another cake as a team, with so much decorations to choose from and also go home with your creations! Please let us know if you have any allergies when selecting this event and please wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy. If you would like to bring any decoration materials for your cakes and cupcakes please do!

2.30PM – Extreme Baking Workshop

Cherryade Supernova Film Screening

Written by Andrew Finnigan and Directed by Abigail Lawson, as part of The Takeover Festival 2021.

Josie’s throwing a house party. Not by choice obviously, but because her Mam has told her to. Josie is mortified but best mate Josh, seizing the opportunity to prove to people that they aren’t total losers, instantly drafts up a flawless Facebook event and invites everyone from College. All squashed together in Josie’s front room, we see how she battles through the night and navigates the stress of trying to keep everyone happy. So, there’s Cherryade in the fridge, fish fingers in the oven and a stray cat in the bathroom.

Here’s to being cool!

3.45PM – Cherryade Supernova Film Screening

Creative writing with Amy Langdon

This workshop will be led by Amy Langdown, an arts facilitator, producer, facilitator at New writing North Young writers, and co-founder of Out of Your head poetry nights! She will be teaching you how to create your own stories, poetry and spoken word. Please feel free to bring your notebooks, paper and pens will also be provided.

5PM – Creative writing with Amy Langdon

Premiere: Down the Lines by Owen Saunders

Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June, 7.00pm

If you’re feeling lost, don’t be surprised to find yourself down the lines.

On the old abandoned train lines outside town, you won’t find much. There’s a rusty track, some trees and some gravel and, of course, Sean.

Sleeping rough in the bushes, Sean adopts the role of train conductor for other lost souls that stumble onto the lines. Everyone has something to run from and something to confront, but no one more than Sean.

With each passing encounter, his own complicated relationship to home is brought closer to the surface, forcing him to either accept his lot or confront his demons.

7PM – Theatre: Down the Lines, By Owen Saunders

The TAKEOVER Afterparty

Dame Bellas, 8.00pm, unticketed

A chance for the team to celebrate their hard work! 

🎟️ All events during The Takeover are Pay What You Decide, so tickets are free and we ask for a donation at the end of each event, performance or workshop. *except film screenings of Romeo + Juliet and 10 Things I Hate About You (£3)