The Great Get Together

The Great Get Together is run annually by More In Common and the Jo Cox Foundation. This summer we were planning to support the Darlington event in South Park which got cancelled; then at the 11th hour everyone decided that an online version could happen, so we jumped on board and will be sharing some very small commissions that we’ve managed to collect from some of our favourite collaborators and a couple of new faces.

We asked :

What do you know now that you didn’t know at the start of the year?

What would you like to have happen?

Sarah Wilson and her children created Lockdown Thursday

Michelle Tripp sent Self-portrait 2020

Kay Greyson made A Hug and A Haircut

and who knows what else we might reveal this weekend?!

Why don’t you think about those questions and make and share something you create?!

Get involved throughout the weekend, and chat to us about ways to keep this going as lockdown lifts but its effects can’t be ignored – isolation, solitude and disconnection leave scars, some we can see and some not so much, and some people won’t be able to come out for a time yet – we want to help ensure that no-one gets left behind. Join in to keep the camaraderie flowing!


image description: red tablecloth header with the words ‘The Great Get Together inspired by Jo Cox’ in white writing on the right hand side, and on the left, a polaroid headshot of a smiling white woman with brown hair, above the quote “We have more in common than that which divides us’ – Jo Cox MP

Dance workshop

with Solene Weinachter from Lost Dog Dance

Contemporary Dance Workshop & Show package

About the workshop:

Lost Dog are a dance theatre company whose work uses movement and text to tell stories. Their most recent work Juliet & Romeo is based on Shakespeare’s pessimistic love story and explores whether our culture’s celebration of youth creates unrealistic expectations around love and relationships. The workshop will begin with a basic physical warm up and then go on to include some theatrical exercises and some storytelling combined with dance and movement – exploring at how Lost Dog uses story telling in their performance work.


More about Solene:

Solène’s dance journey started on her kitchen floor and took her to The Place in London where she graduated with a BA(hons) and an MA in contemporary dance and performance. From 2007 to 2012 she danced with Scottish Dance Theatre where she first worked with BenDuke in “The life and time of girl A’.Solène joined Lost Dog as a freelance dancer in 2012. She also worked with Gecko, Troubleyn and is currently dancing with Vera Tussing and Joan Cleville Dance.In parallel, Solène has co-created since 2010 a collective with Glasgow based music artist Jer Reid.


About the show:

Juliet and Romeo
By Lost Dog Dance
At Liddiard Theatre, Polam Hall, Grange Road, Darlington Saturday 20 April
2pm & 8pm

If you have questions about the workshop, package, access or anything else that’s not covered here, please contact us on:
[email protected]
or call 07583 655018
or follow us on social media @JabbMarket

In Conversation

Join us for our popular panel discussion looking more deeply at the themes of the shows and events, sharing insights with our visiting artists and people involved in Jabberwocky Markets from far and wide. This season we’ll talk about Mobility and Change; artists and partners will chat about the challenges and opportunities from their own experiences, be they theatre or art or life.

The conversation will be filmed and shared online afterwards and you’re welcome to join us in person or on YouTube in the future. If you come along we can easily ensure you’re not on camera, if you prefer.

To watch some of our In Conversation events in full, see our Arts World page.

Drama workshop

with Caroline Williams maker of Now Is The Time To Say Nothing

“The Dramaturgy of Reality’ Workshop & Show package

About the workshop:

  • Introduction to Caroline’s interest in participatory practice
  • Approaches and illustration of the importance of dramaturgy within autobiographical theatre
  • Practical exploration of dramaturging stories
  • Ethics of non-fiction


More about Caroline:

Caroline is a director and dramaturg working in multi-disciplinary participatory performance. With a background in social and environmental activism, Caroline’s work often focuses on current political issues. Using personal narratives, she works to find a performative language that will most powerfully communicate the heart of these stories. She seeks stories that matter and people who have something important to say. Caroline’s ongoing practice is to explore how the dramaturgy of reality can activate conventional theatrical forms.


About the show:

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing
By Reem Karssli and Caroline Williams
At Friends Meeting House, 6 Skinnergate, Darlington
Thursday 11 -Saturday 13 April
various times

If you have questions about the workshop, package, access or anything else that’s not covered here, please contact us on:
[email protected]
or call 07583 655018
or follow us on social media @JabbMarket

Juliet and Romeo

by Lost Dog Dance

Lost Dog’s new show reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. 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.


★★★★★ Pure pleasure. Smart, subversive and sexy. – The Guardian

★★★★★ Superb. Devastating realism and dark humour. – The Stage

★★★★ Insightful, funny and rich. Smoulders with equal parts lust and loathing. – Time Out

★★★★ Squirmingly funny and no less heartbreaking. – The Times

★★★★ Glorious. Full of warmth and intimacy. – The Independent

★★★★ Wonderful. Shakespeare’s lovers live on. – The Observer

Juliet & Romeo is co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, The Place and Warwick Arts Centre. The work is funded by Arts Council England via Grants for the Arts. Production time supported by Lancaster Arts and development time supported by Oval House through FiRST BiTES. Ben Duke is a Work Place artist.


After the 2 pm performance, join the cast for a fun conversation about the show, along with guest therapist, Dr Katherine Tinkler from Darlington Therapy.


Solene Weinachter (Juliet) is also hosting dance workshops. 


Full tour details of Juliet and Romeo

Click HERE for the free programme that accompanies Lost Dog’s Juliet and Romeo.

BIG Little Gigs Family Pop Choir

by Jennie Brewis of Pop Choir Project

Easter holiday musical fun!

We will be holding a fun family pop up 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 us for both!

Gigs for 0-10 year olds and their families have become really popular since BIG Little Gigs began at a Jabberwocky Market 4 years ago. We’re delighted to welcome back this winning fusion of childrens entertainment and top quality gig.

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing

By Caroline Williams and Reem Karssli

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. We 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.

Together they made this experience which attempts to connect a UK audience to the human story behind the news. Created over four years, following Reem into an exile which forced her to leave her camera behind, Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is an intimate exploration of what it means to stay connected to each other and of what happens when war and the need for survival gets in the way.


‘Exquisitely simple and moving. This is a cunningly constructed and heartfelt piece that acknowledges the complexities of what is happening in Syria, reminds how sitting in the dark watching a screen only distances us, and actively tries to bring us together to reach out to the real people, just like us, whose lives are blighted by war.’
– Lyn Gardner. The Guardian

Caroline Williams who created this show is also running workshops on the Dramaturgy of Reality, for more information click HERE.

She will also be part of the panel at the In Conversation event on Saturday 13 April at 11am.

Audience Comments

“Beautiful & powerful. Incredibly moving.”

“Really engrossing piece – manages to meditate of life, connection and relations in a manner, which despite its horrible background in reality, manages to be uplifting. Well done.”

“I found this experience incredibly eye opening and caused me to go through a journey of emotions. I loved the fact we felt involved and immersed in their stories and the fact it didn’t sugar coat (was honest and real) was perfect.”

“Absolutely incredible. Like nothing I have experienced before – one of the most innovative, important pieces of work I’ve seen. Has really inspired me to find out more and try and start conversations myself.”

“A very powerful piece of work that was emotional for me and will remain with me. It’s a shame it can’t be seen by everyone – it brings the reality of war in Syria and what it is like to live it, really close to home & into sharp focus.”

“Wow. I have never experienced theatre like that. But it wasn’t a performance. Really made me change the way I thought about the Syrian conflict.”

Here is the show programme for you to download.

This show was created by Caroline Williams and Reem Karssli with
Sound Artists – Keir Vine and Tom Parkinson
Video Artists – May Abdalla and Christina Hardinge
Associate Sound Design – Lewis Gibson
Production Manager – Andrew Crofts
Technical Stage Manager – Leon Cain

Produced by

Noisy Holiday

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.

Noisy Holiday is the fourth instalment of the Noisy Animals adventure, they’ve had a dance contest, they’ve been to space, they’ve caused bedlam in Bethlehem now it’s time for a nice relaxing holiday…


“Kid Carpet has once again struck gold. Forget going to the seaside: take a trip to the Wardrobe Theatre for a summer holiday to remember.”  Bristol 247

“Parents will recognise the home truths behind the characters and dialogue, while children will enjoy the madcap and irreverent nature of the play.”  Children’s Theatre Reviews
Twitter @KidCarpet

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.

Here’s a taster of the show, from 2017…

and have a watch of what happened when Bert and Nasi went to Athens…

Tensile Strength

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.

‘Simply and elegantly staged, Tensile Strength is an assured and gently powerful piece of work. Finding dignity and poetry in the quiet resilience of everyday life, Holly Gallagher takes the stories of ordinary people and elevates them to the level of the profound. This is an excellent offering from an exciting new storyteller.’ – Fringe First Winner Kieran Hurley


After the show there is an optional workshop from 5:30-6:30pm. Places are subject to limited availability and can be reserved when you book your tickets to the show.


Create your own Emergency Stress-Relief Box! In the first half of the workshop Holly will work with participants in a crafting session to decorate a small box which can be taken home by participants. In the second half she will curate a discussion with the group to generate a variety of stress relief tips, and positive thoughts which can be stored in each participant’s box. This workshop gives participants the chance to express personal experiences of stress, as well as to develop creative skills and experiences.


Directed by Daniel Bye

Lighting Design by Katharine Williams

Sound Design by Roma Yagnik

Stage Management by Rebecca Glendenning-Laycock and Millie Harris

Developed with David Ralfe and Robbie Butler

Commissioned by ARC Stockton

Mentored by Kieran Hurley

The development of this work was supported as part of the Third Angel Mentoring Scheme 2017 in association with Sheffield Theatres

Funded by Arts Council England

In Conversation

Chaired by Kerami Roberts and featuring artists from across the season’s events.

Join us for our popular panel discussion looking more deeply at the themes of the shows and events, sharing insights with our visiting artists and people involved in Jabberwocky Markets from far and wide. This season we’ll talk about Room for More, the theme we’ve borrowed from our partners, Darlington Quakers. Artists and partners will chat about what’s motivating and exciting to work with diverse people and communities.

To watch some of our In Conversation events in full, see our Arts World page.


Facebook Saved Our Baby

By Wolf Close


See the true story of the life-changing impact of their daughter’s chronic eczema and the hope they found in the most unexpected of places.

A family clings together around an illness that has crawled under the skin of their baby.
With compelling storytelling, they foster a deep connection to the audience in ways that resonate with anyone navigating the tricky path between cynicism and hope.

A deeply moving story told with lightness and humour.

The Quest for the Perfect Shirt

By Richard Bliss

Join the quest at the Covered Market, Darlington

Artist and tailor Richard Bliss is on a quest to make the perfect shirt, and he is bringing his shirt-making project to Jabberwocky Market.

Richard has been travelling the country, talking to men and women about shirts; what shirts they like, how shirts should be worn, what messages shirts send out to the world. Using these conversations as his starting point, Richard is creating shirts that are being exhibited in museums, galleries and at pop-up events all around the country.

Pop down to down and into the Covered Market; come and talk to Richard about what you think makes a perfect shirt.  Maybe you’re inspired by a shirt in a painting or perhaps an object in town has sparked your imagination.

The Quest for the Perfect Shirt is a project that explores masculinity by making shirts in public. The project has been supported by Arts Council England.

Behind the scenes

Find out how non zero one make immersive, interactive theatre for children and have a nosy around and behind the set of Ground Control.

A talk with the team who make and perform Ground Control, on site in Shildon, for artists, theatre makers and anyone interested in finding out more.

BIG Little Gigs

By BIG Little Gigs

Featuring the popular vintage swing band, Ragtime Rewind performing true 1930s & 1940s swing dance sets, plus 1950s and modern tunes with a vintage twist. For excellent musicians and outstanding vocals, immaculately presented, come along and be swept into a long gone era for a really fun afternoon.

Comprising Damaris Jean on lead vocals, Jonny on keys, Louise on saxophone, Simon on double bass, and Kenneth on drums. Professional musicians with years of experience providing that authentic vintage sound and look.

Gigs for 0-10 year olds and their families have become really popular since BIG Little Gigs began at a Jabberwocky Market 3 years ago. We’re delighted to welcome back this winning fusion of children’s entertainment and top quality gig.


To celebrate grandchildren and grandparents there’s a ticket discount for a child and grandparent, and an accompanying great-grandparent can come along completely FREE.


By 20 Stories High

Nikki doesn’t think that her Dad is a racist, he just cares deeply about his community.

But when a Zimbabwean family move in over the road, the dog won’t stop barking, the local kids start lobbing stones, and her Dad starts laying down the law.

This provocative and engaging show from 20 Stories High digs deep at the heart of racial tensions in the UK today.

Written by award winning writer Keith Saha, with lyricism and live DJ soundscapes from Chunky (Riot Jazz /Hoya Hoya) and the raw talent of Abby Melia – this is a vital and challenging piece of theatre.


“Saha’s play is sharp, funny and honest. He provides no easy solutions yet does allow a glint of hope as to the future” – Paul Foley, Morning Star on BLACK

“This is theatre at it’s best. Raw, thought-provoking and with a message that needs to be heard.” – North West End on The Broke ‘N’ Beat Collective (2016)

“Brilliant, important, authentic work.” – Nina Hajiyianni, Action Transport Theatre on HEADZ


Nikki (a young white British female)
Precious (a young black Ziimbabwean man)
Abby Melia
Craig Shanda (Chunky/Riot Jazz)

Writer      Keith Saha
Director   Julia Samuels
Designer  Miriam Navarro
Music       Chunky (aka Craig Shanda) & Keith Saha

Rendezvous in Bratislava

By Miriam Sherwood & team

Miriam and her granddad are making a cabaret together. They’re the perfect double act: he’s got the stories, she loves telling them, and they both have a flair for the theatrical. The only problem is they’ve never met. (He’s been dead for 37 years.)

Miriam reading stories with white painted face - production shot from Rendezvous in Bratislava - showing at Jabberwocky Market on 5 & 6 October 2018


Jan ‘Laco’ Kalina was a dramaturg, satirist, collector of jokes and writer of cabarets, born in Czechoslovakia in 1913. A Slovak Jew, he survived the fascists only to be imprisoned by the communists, who believed him a threat to the regime.

Digging through objects and stories from Laco’s remarkable life, Miriam searches for her granddad’s voice through his own jokes, skits and songs, conjuring up an archival cabaret that reverberates with laughter from a very different place and time.

With original music and a live band of Slovaks, Rendezvous in Bratislava traces family connections across national, historical and political borders, and celebrates the power of laughter in troubled times.


“BRILLIANT! Totally original – extremely interesting and entertaining and thought-provoking.”

 “Real history + charming presentation + the best pop song ever = the most inventive & original theatre I’ve seen in months”

“Loved this show last night. Intimate, ambitious & heartfelt. Plus prosecco & a live band! What’s not to like!?”

“The story was incredible. I loved every minute of it! It was really touching; heartbreaking.”

“It made me cry, made me laugh, it made me proud to be myself. I loved it!”

“You captivated me with the story of a person I knew nothing about, and gave me a way into a culture I knew nothing about. Thank you.”

Here’s Jenna Johnson describing the show in British Sign Language

Jenna joins the team for the performance on Saturday 6 October at 8pm.

Download the beautiful show programme
– click the links: Page 1   Page 2.

Ground Control

By non zero one

You are Ground Control, and Futuretron is asking for your help to decide the future of a new planet.

Here’s the situation: in 1974, a manned mission was sent into space to look for inhabitable planets. Now, in present day, the sensors aboard Shuttle X27-40 indicate that it may have found just such a planet. The three astronauts on board are about to be woken from their hypersleep …They need your help.


Using a giant projection screen and a live, highly intelligent computer (well, Futuretron), you will be part of a team deciding on an identity for the planet, its laws and values. ground control is a unique interactive performance for up to forty 7 – 12 year olds.

No adults allowed!




Ambitious, tech-savvy and collaborative…their work encompasses the best traits of their generation” – TELEGRAPH on mountaineering

“Clearly masters of its craft” – A YOUNGER THEATRE

“Intelligently crafted and totally engaging” – EVENING STANDARD on would like to meet

“Their work isn’t just promising, it verges – judging by what I’ve seen – on being totally ground-breaking” – TELEGRAPH on this is where we got to when you came in

Finding My Own Story workshop

Join us for a fascinating free workshop led by Miriam Sherwood, a theatre-maker who works with oral histories, documentary material and music. Miriam will help us consider family connections across historical, national and political borders. Participants will be encouraged to explore, record and share the histories of their grandparents in a fun and thought-provoking session.

Please bring along one item that reminds you of a grandparent.

Copious quantities of tea and cake will be available to fuel the creativity.

The workshop is free of charge but booking is recommended as spaces are limited. For more details, please call 01325 466810 or email [email protected]

We are privileged to be working with Miriam in partnership with Darlington Quakers whose annual Quaker Week is taking place around the country during the first week of October on the theme of “Room for More”, which we have embraced whole heartedly for this season’s programme.

Miriam’s show, “Rendezvous in Bratislava”, is playing at Polam’s Liddiard Theatre later in the week, it is an archival caberet, centring on the story of her father, a Slovak Jew who survived the fascists only to be imprisoned by the communists, who believed him a threat to the regime. “Room for More” invites us to consider ideas of tolerance, inclusion and welcome, whether within our own communities or across borders.

Autumn 2018 overview

Some events have a bar, some don’t, each event will say but do contact us if you have questions.  Each venue is also getting a detailed access guide which you can download from Venues & Access page, or request by emailing us on [email protected]

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