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Green text on a yellow background reads Newcastle Poetry Festival 2023 Community 11-13 May

Poems inspired by Paths to Abstraction & Dear Neighbour Commissions

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11:00-12:00 Poems inspired by Paths to Abstraction and Dear Neighbour commissions

This dual event showcases work by Newcastle University students and winners of the ‘Dear Neighbour’ commissions. Curated by John Challis, we will first hear poems written by Newcastle University Creative Writing and Fine Art Students in response to the exhibition of paintings by the artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Paths to Abstraction, currently on show at the Hatton Gallery.

The exhibition is open until 20th May, and this event should be combined with a visit to the exhibition:

We are also pleased to present the ‘Dear Neighbour’ commissions. In February 2023, we invited UK creative practitioners to explore the theme of ‘Dear Neighbour’ in original, specially-created performances of poetry, music, art and theatre.  We look forward to showcasing the work that our artists have created in response to the theme.

This event is in partnership with the Newcastle Institute of Creative Practice (NICAP logo)

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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