The new season, THIS IS US, promises to bring stories to audiences through a bold programme of collaborations, commissions and curated work that celebrates connection and community.
The programme has been designed with enough flexibility to allow the company to adapt according to the latest restrictions. THIS IS US will map the year in line with the hopeful projections from the government: since January, Can We Come In? has taken audiences on a journey through their homes, leading them into the city for Out on the Toon from March, before Housewarming will hopefully welcome them back into the building from April.
Like all other industries, the theatre has had to respond to the world we now live in. THIS IS US encapsulates how Northern Stage has been working to produce a range of materials and performances so that they can continue to provide audiences with stories, which for many people, have been a saving grace.
Artistic Director Natalie Ibu has spoken of the need to come up with new, invigorating ways for Northern Stage to survive. Ibu said: “The next year is an experiment, demanded by the moment, and fuelled by our commitment to artists, audiences, and stories that reach beyond the ordinary.”
Ibu designed THIS IS US in the spirit of human connection. Can We Come In? is a programme of digital micro-stories that provide audiences with alternatives to “doom-scrolling”. There are also epic plays to stream, which aim to bring support bubbles together in the comfort of their own home. Out on the Toon will see the city become a canvas, creating cultural experiences for audiences to connect with each other as they wander through the streets of Newcastle. And Housewarming will welcome audiences back into the Northern Stage building with a new adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man.
Anyone wishing to take part in THIS IS US can find more information on the Northern Stage website.