Bitesize Theatre Artists

During March and April 2018 four Bitesize Theatre Shows traveled around South Tyneside and performed in unique venues including community centres, theatres, and even football clubs. The four theatre performances were: Wee Red and Her Wolf with Laura Lindow and The Empty Space Best in the World by Unfolding Theatre Becoming Scherherzade by Kamaal Hussain… Read more


In November 2017 Fireflight lit up the night sky in Sunderland’s city centre. Fireflight was the opening event for Sunderland’s newest cultural hub – The Fire Station. The performance saw local participants of all ages and abilities dance, sing and act alongside renowned outdoor theatre company Periplum. Participants worked alongside Dance City, Live Theatre and Sunderland… Read more


On Sunday 1st May 2016, ‘The Point’ Nightclub in Sunderland City Centre was transformed into a glittering dream space for A Great Night Out. The venue saw over 300 people watch local heroes and community talent perform live. Over a year Wildworks theatre company worked with local people to discover their stories, tales of epic journeys, of… Read more

Mr. Drayton

Our Winter Tales Commission for 2016 is Mr. Drayton’s Human Jukebox. The Mr. Drayton team is comprised of Steve Drayton and Helen Spencer. Steve Drayton a.k.a. Mr Drayton is a presenter and producer at BBC Radio Newcastle. When he’s not on air he performs as his alter ego Mr Drayton. Mr Drayton is a music aficionado and… Read more

Dominic Wilcox

Dominic Wilcox is the curator for our Autumn Lights Commmission for 2016: Inventors! Sunderland born, Dominic Wilcox works between the worlds of art, design, craft and technology to create innovative and thought provoking objects. Recent projects include the design of a pair of shoes with inbuilt GPS to guide the wearer home, a Binaudios device… Read more

Invisible Flock

Invisible Flock are an interactive arts organisation based in Leeds, formed in 2009 by three lead artists Ben Eaton, Victoria Pratt and Richard Warburton. Leading 2015’s Winter Tales commission, Bring The Happy, Invisible Flock mapped the happiness of 1031 people in Sunderland and South Tyneside. Invisible Flock

Southpaw Dance Company

Easter Sunday 2015’s mass movement spectacular RUSH was produced by Southpaw Dance Company and Event International. Two locally based events companies, they worked with over 100 dancers from Sunderland and South Tyneside. In November 2016 The Cultural Spring once again worked with Southpaw Dance Company and Event International to open South Tyneside’s brand new cultural… Read more

Garry Hunter – Great North Passion / Autumn Lights

Garry Hunter – Great North Passion / Autumn Lights / R&D Visual artist, creative producer and author of books on street art, Garry is Director of the Arts Programme at the Old Boiler House, Trinity Buoy Wharf, where he is currently designing a Faraday Cage sonic interface to capture visual representations of dialect that migrated from… Read more

Ross Millard – Great North Passion / Summer Streets

Ross is a guitarist and vocalist in The Futureheads and Frankie and the Heartstrings, and attended Newcastle University where he studied English literature. Sunderland-born Ross performed a duet with fellow Futurehead David ‘Jaff’ Craig at the Great North Passion and was The Cultural Spring’s artistic director for the Summer Streets festival and for Sunderland’s Split… Read more

Bad Taste Cru – Great North Passion

Bad Taste Cru are a professional breakdance cru / dance company based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne UK. The company battles at international competition level and produces theatre pieces that combine breakdancing with physical theatre. BTC are also professional breakdance instructors who deliver one-off classes, residencies and workshops throughout the UK. @badtastecru