Darlington Civic Theatre: A spark in me!

Darlington Civic Theatre: A spark in me!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Young Reporter Grace Wakes blogs about her new found love of theatre thanks to discovering the delights of the Darlington Civic Theatre.


Apart from hazy childhood memories of too many sweets at pantomimes at Christmas time, my experience of theatre has been very limited, until earlier this year when Brassed Off and the Darlington Civic Theatre struck a spark in me. The wonderful show and equally remarkable building awoke an interest in the stage.

I must admit I am a complete newbie, a novice, something of a new kid on the block when it comes to attending the theatre. I come from a background where entertainment is considered to be more pies on the terraces rather than ice cream in the stalls, but theatre and the Darlington Civic especially, has completely changed my life for the better.

The theatre has inspired me to want to promote culture and the arts to those who are from a similar background to myself. I think many who have never visited the theatre before may feel intimidated, that they don't belong there and that they have to be from a certain 'class' to attend the shows. However, I am a great believer that the arts should be accessible to all, no matter what background people are from or how much money they have in their back pocket.

Often the hardest thing is getting people to take the first step and attend a show, I imagine many would be hooked if they were to give it a chance. Whilst it does have a grand façade, I find the Civic a welcoming place, from the décor to the staff.

The Civic Theatre does a great job in varying its touring shows to suit all tastes and needs. Comedy lovers can enjoy big stars such as Michael McIntyre, who recently graced the Civic stage, or musicals such as Fame or Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat. Children are catered for too with the likes of the recent run of the Horrible Histories series attracting many (I was also there and I loved it!).

If the following has whet your appetite, you may be interested in seeing upcoming shows such as Blood Brothers which is touring the theatre from the 24 November - 29 November 2014. Or relive some childhood memories by seeing the traditional pantomime, this year The Chuckles of Ozfeaturing the Chuckle Brothers from 6 December 2014.

So thanks to Señor Rino Pepi, Lynda Winstanley and all those staff, performers, stage hands and all others in-between.


Darlington Civic Theatre is a much-loved venue and the source of profound civic pride. The theatre attracts the biggest names in the theatre world and is a sought after venue for national touring.  For more information visit their website or twitter @DarloCivic