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Freedom on the Tyne


On Sunday 29 October a great drama will engulf NewcastleGateshead, inspired by Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy and epic civil rights struggles, past and present, from across the globe. Out of the buildings, through the streets of NewcastleGateshead and onto the iconicTyne Bridge, will come a unique afternoon of theatre, music and dance; a modern passion play to honour and celebrate the courage and sacrifice of those who have led the long march for civil rights.

Starting in locations across the city, four stories from Selma, Alabama 1965; Amritsar, India 1919; Sharpeville, South Africa 1960; Manchester, England1819 will be woven together with the Jarrow March and other UK struggles, in a unique immersive performance and pageant featuring a local cast of hundreds. As night falls, an uplifting climax on the Tyne Bridge will bring the city to a standstill for a memorable and
inspirational moment of light, sound and theatre.

The Turning of Martin Luther King, Selma, USA, 1965

Indoor Performance: The Boiler House, Newcastle University 3.25pm
Outdoor Performance: Grey’s Monument 4.35pm

The Haunting of General Dyer Amritsar, India, 1919

Indoor Performance: The Assembly Rooms, Fenkle Street, Newcastle 3.30pm
Outdoor Performance: Bigg Market, Newcastle 4.30pm

A White Man’s Burden Sharpeville, South Africa, 1960

Starting Performance: Riverside, Newcastle Quayside 3.20pm
Outdoor Performance: Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle 4.20pm

The Ballad of Peterloo, St Peter’s Field, Manchester, 1819

Indoor Performance: St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead 3.30pm
Outdoor Performance: Baltic Square, Gateshead Quays 4.35pm

The Jarrow March, North East England

Performance: Newcastle Theatre Royal 4.50pm

The Tyne Bridge
Join our stories and processions as they gather on the Tyne Bridge – the iconic symbol of the North East that links Newcastle and Gateshead.

In the first ever performance event on the bridge we will celebrate the inspiring visit of Dr Martin Luther King Jr to Tyneside fifty years ago by paying homage to those who gave their lives and by recognising how our stories resulted in positive, meaningful change. Be with us on the bridge when we unite for an unforgettable epic finale of performance, sound and light that will send Dr King’s unshakeable message of peace, justice, equality and cooperation into the night sky and across the Tyne.

Performance, 5.15pm approx.

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