Jabberwocky Market is back with more pop-up theatre events in April and May at venues around Darlington. More information and tickets available from the website www.luxicreative.co.uk/jabberwocky-market/

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing (Jabberwocky Market)
by Reem Karssli and Caroline Williams

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is an interactive sound and video installation exploring the role of screens in observing global conflicts. The show is a provocation against armchair passivity for 14 people at a time. Using stunning video and immersive sound, it follows the real story of Syrian artist Reem Karssli as she captures her daily experience of the Syrian conflict on camera. Viewers see what emerges when she is contacted by a group of teenagers from the UK who want to see beyond the footage they’ve watched on their TVs.

When: Thursday 11 April 7pm and 9pm; Friday 12 April 1pm, 7pm and 9pm; Saturday 13 April 1pm, 4pm and 7pm
Venue: Quaker Meeting House
Tickets: £12/£10 (concessions) £15 on the door
Age: 12+ (contains depictions of war)
Trigger warnings: info available on request from organisers

BIG Little Gigs Pop Choir (Jabberwocky Market)
by Jennie Brewis of Pop Choir Project

We will be holding a fun family choir with the fabulous Jennie Brewis. Jennie has toured around the UK, performed at Glastonbury and on BBC6 Music with her band The Cornshed Sisters. She is a community musician who has delivered for Sage Gateshead, New Writing North and runs Sunderland’s Pop Choir Project.

Don’t worry about singing ability this will be a welcoming, lively, supportive singing session. Singing is good for the body, soul and mind, come and share some music with your little ones.

Tickets include a small snack and drink plus Easter egg trail. Sessions will run at 11am and 2pm both sessions will feature different songs if you feel like joining both!

Gigs for 0- to 10-year-olds and their families have become really popular since BIG Little Gigs began at a Jabberwocky Market four years ago. Jabberwocky Market is delighted to welcome back this winning fusion of children’s entertainment and top-quality gig.

When: Wednesday 17 April 11am and 2pm
Venue: Liddiard Theatre, Polam Hall School
Tickets: £5 (inc a snack and drink per person, Under 1s free)
Age: 0-10 families

Juliet and Romeo (Jabberwocky Market)
by Lost Dog Dance

Lost Dog’s new show reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet (pictured). It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after.

Well, they lived at least.

Now they are 40ish, at least one of them is in the grips of a mid-life crisis, they feel constantly mocked by their teenage selves and haunted by the pressures of being the poster couple for romantic love. They have decided to confront their current struggles by putting on a performance about themselves. Their therapist told them it was a terrible idea.

With Lost Dog’s blend of dance, theatre and comedy, this duet, directed by Olivier Award nominated Ben Duke, takes on our cultural obsession with youth and our inevitable issues with longevity.

When: Saturday 20th April 2pm and 8pm
Venue: Liddiard Theatre, Polam Hall School
Tickets: £12/£10 concessions (£15 on the door)
 Age: 13+

Tensile Strength (Jabberwocky Market)
by Holly Gallagher

Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your Wit’s End) is a performance about Stress. And figuring out why so many of us feel it to an unhealthy degree. It’s about fear, pressure, uncertainty. It’s about sadness and mental health and how we help ourselves. It’s about feeling like things are all A Bit Too Much and… then the cat goes missing. This is a show about the world we live in now and will prove essential viewing in a society that just can’t seem to relax anymore.

When: Saturday 4th May 4pm
Venue: The Hullabaloo
Tickets: £7 (or see both Tensile Strength and Eurohouse for just £10)
Age: 13+

Eurohouse (Jabberwocky Market)

Part of two nights with Bert and Nasi at GIFT and Luxi’s Jabberwocky Market.

Two performers – one Greek, one French – dance and shout, cry and sing, agree and disagree, about life in the Eurohouse. Made in transit between Greece and the UK, Eurohouse brings this difficult relationship to life through a darkly comic look at the EU’s founding ideals, and what got lost along the way.

When: Saturday 4th May 8pm
Venue: The Hullabaloo
Tickets: £7 (or see both Tensile Strength and Eurohouse for just £10)
Age: 13+

Noisy Holiday (Jabberwocky Market)
by Kid Carpet and the Noisy Animals

The Noisy Animals are looking forward to their dream holidays and have some brilliant ideas about where in the world they want to go. Kid Carpet just wants them all to be together, but will he be able to keep everyone happy when he can’t even get them in the car?

This lively show contains a mix of live music, theatre, comedy, puppetry and animation. Hot new tracks from Kid Carpet include; “Rollercoaster”, “Swimming with the Fishes” and “Get in the Car”.

A ridiculous and funny story of going on your holidays with silliness and mischief for the whole family. Expect flying tents, diving bears, massive carrots and Ibiza anthems.

Ed Patrick (aka Kid Carpet), is a Bristol-based maker of nonsense music and rock’n’roll theatre shows.

When: Friday 10 and Saturday 11 May 11am and 2pm
Venue: Middleton Hall Retirement Village
Tickets: £5 (babies under 1 free, no ticket required)
Age: family