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By Tim Foley Directed by Neil Bettles (ThickSkin) & Elle While (Pentabus)

An inspiring story about hope, love and belonging.

Two brothers on a beach need to figure out what to do with their dad – but the sea has other ideas.

Mark and Tiny walk the shore of Seaton Carew in the North East. Their dad is dying, and their town is crumbling. Family rifts and political divides try to pull them apart, while a figure made of driftwood stalks the shore at night.

Pentabus and ThickSkin are two of the UK’s most prominent theatre companies. Joining forces to present Driftwood, a new play by Bruntwood Prize Winner, Tim Foley (Electric Rosary).

Directed by a stellar team, Elle While (The Globe’s Hamlet, West End revival The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and Neil Bettles (Disney’s Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Frantic Assembly’s The Unreturning), this intoxicating and mystical new play delivers a distinctive physical and cinematic production not to be missed.

Age Guidance: 12+

All performances have integrated creative captions.

Make a night of it! Enjoy 20% off your group’s first round of drinks in our Café Bar between 5:30pm and 6:30pm.

If a performance is sold out, email or call 0191 230 5151 to be added to our waiting list.

Running time

1hr 20mins


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There are two entrances to the theatre, Kings Road Entrance (this is the taxi drop-off/collection point) and the Main Entrance.

Both level entrances have automated doors. These lead into the foyer area where you will find the Restaurant, Bar, Box Office and entrances to Stages 1, 2 and 3.


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available


There are five wheelchair positions in Stage 1, two positions in Stage 2 and all seats are removeable in Stage 3.


Accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.


Induction loop system in all public spaces, and an infra-red system in all three stages. (In Stage 1 the induction loop is best covered in rows E – L).


One free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person who is not able to attend unaccompanied.


To book a free ticket for a wheelchair companion or an assistant, contact our Box Office on 0191 230 5151, via email at or by visiting our Box Office in person.


Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here.


Stage 1: Seats are 43 cm wide, 41cm deep, with 46cm between arm rests. The aisleway is 51cm deep from the seat back. Arm rests cannot be removed.

Stage 2: Seats are 40cm wide, 41cm deep. The aisleway is 64cm deep from the seat back. There are no arm rests.

Our seats are rated to British Standards at installation and are guaranteed to hold up to 110kg.

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To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.

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