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4 New Works, 2 Evenings, 1 Weekend - #NewWorkWeekend

The Civic welcomes back its New Work Weekend this March. Taking place on Friday 11 March and Saturday 12 March, audiences can choose to buy an ‘Evening Ticket’ or a ‘Weekend Ticket’, depending on how much new work they want to see!

The first show of Friday’s double bill tells the true story of an 11 year old boy’s experience of stumbling across brutal online pornography. Punching The Sky is a very personal account written and performed by his mother Lizi Patch. The show shines a light on the extraordinary public and media response to a blogpost she wrote about the experience using animation and an original score, Lizi Patch comments: “He told me how he could never ‘unsee it’, and, very significantly, he talked about how he felt his childhood was effectively finished. He experienced an instant and brutal loss of innocence – and whilst there is much to be salvaged, there is a lot of work to do”.

Next, from the company who took part in the Civic Artists in Residence Programme in 2015, Displace Yourself Theatre bring striking projection and a soundtrack of personal testimonies in a powerful new physical theatre production. Jennifer Nevin of Displace Yourself Theatre said: Free to Stay is about belonging and an exploration of life without nationality, inspired by months of research with people who have first-hand experience of statelessness in the UK and overseas We seek to tell some of the stories of those who feel invisible and to challenge injustices and hope we have achieved that with Free to Stay.”

Recently commissioned by The Civic and ARC Stockton to devise and perform popular family theatre piece Horace and The Yeti, Jack Dean returns to The Civic with a brand new steampunk fairytale for grownups. The Grandad and The Machine mixes vivid storytelling with a live original score to ensure you have rollicking good time. A hundred-year-old mechanical monster emerges from the waves. Everyday objects turn on their makers and the Empire is plunged into chaos. No one can stop it, except maybe Grandad who was always was good with a spanner.

And Finally, Camisado Club present an original science-fact love story about space, humanity and the universe. You, Me and Everything Else is a true story based on the Voyager Interstellar Mission, and the team behind its famous Golden Record. Performer and deviser, Caroline Liversidge says: “As a company we all love performing this show, and are very excited, after touring it throughout the North East, to be taking it The Civic as part of their New Work Weekend.”

The Civic continue to support artists in with their Civic Scratch night on Thursday 28 April, giving artists and informal chance to showcase new work and try it out in front of a live audience. Tickets are ‘Pay What You Can Afford’, meaning it’s free to book your ticket and pay what you think the performances are worth on the night.“Emerging artists often find it difficult to get their new work commissioned and programmed in today’s competitive touring theatre economy. These events aims to support these artists and companies; giving them a platform as they pursue their creative journeys.” says Theatre Programmer, Ian Morley.

New Work Weekend features a double bill of performances each night:

Friday 11 March at 7.30pm: Punching The Sky and Free To Stay

Saturday 12 March at 7.30pm: Grandad and The Machine and You, Me & Everything Else

Civic Scratch is at The Civic Thursday 28 April. Tickets are pay what you can afford on the night. Please call the Box Office to reserve your seats.

*Please note, when booking tickets online, paying via credit/debit card over the phone or in person, an additional £1.50 transaction fee will be applied.