Launch Day, The Customs House, Wednesday 28th March, 7.30pm

In collaboration with visual artist Alexander Millar, Kelly-Abbott Dance Theatre explores the industrial history of the UK shipyard communities. Bringing to life Millar’s paintings of working men and the iconic characters known as “Gadgies”, Artistic Director Kristin KellyAbbott uses her trademark quirky dance theatre style to re-imagine Millar’s paintings and bring to the stage a visual, physical and entertaining production.

Tickets are £5 by quoting ‘Cultural£5’ when calling The Customs House box office on 0191 454 1234, online or by coming along in person.

This is also a first-come, first-served basis so do hurry to get your ticket.

We also have spaces available for community participants to perform as ‘gadgies’ in Launch Day!

You will be required to attend two full-day workshop/rehearsal sessions on Saturday 17th and Saturday 24th March, 10am – 4pm at The Word, South Shields leading up to the performance on 28th March. Participants will also be required to attend a technical/dress rehearsal on the day of the show at The Customs House, so would need to be present at the venue from 4.30pm.

If you have any queries or to confirm your attendance, please email