Introducing Scratch Night, by Stan Hodgson

Posted on Thursday 19 March

With little over a week to go til our fourth season launches, we’re getting ourselves all busy and ready for our third Scratch Night. 0K4A4776Over the last couple of seasons it’s become one of the most popular events at Jabberwocky Market, and we’ve got some of the most exciting early ideas from across the North, and the nation, to try out in front of Darlington audiences.

We are delighted to announce some of what we have coming up on Friday 27 March


The Palace of Varieties
Written and Performed by CHris Stewart

palace of varieites_balloonsThe Palace of Varieties is a latter day danse macabre of Millennials trapped in the revolving door of night life games. The latest spoken word show by CHris Stewart. Set in an old Victorian playhouse, your host, the Psychopomp, will salve your conscience between scenes. Our repertory cast include Zoe – a tired old trope – Francis Golm – self-styled pick up artist and functional meta-reprogrammer of human bio-computers – and Fish – the koi carp in the punchbowl.

“Awkward, off-beat and probably the funniest performance of the night.” UoB Blogfest @DanielMoroney

CHris Stewart was chosen by Apples and Snakes in 2013 for the Public Address II tour. That same year his game-show Meta-Reprogramming debuted at Edinburgh PBH Free Fringe.

Fat-free, Sugar-free, Child-free
by Bernie C. Byrnes
Performed by Sally Lofthouse

Fat Free Sugar Free Child FreeKatie is 30 and thinks she ought to be desperate to get married. Trouble is, she has yet to find a suitable candidate for the role of husband. And she’s not really sure that juggling a relationship with career she loves and the cat she adores is what she really wants. After a terrifying trip through a disastrous singles scene, Katie begins to realise that maybe ‘Motherhood’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…
@BernieCByrnes & @SalLofthouse

written by Nicola Cameron, directed by Steven Gaythorpe, performed by Jade Byrne, Holly Reed McRae, Abigail Sharkey
Development supported by ARC Stockton through the Writers ARCADE professional development programme.

EscWastersWhen Rani’s world fell apart after a terrible accident in her teens, she created a new world online. Now her world is under threat and real life isn’t helping. But who cares about real life anyway, right? Online you can do anything…
Wasters explores the way we present ourselves in the online world. What we conceal and what we choose to present; how we explore ourselves and our choices; and what happens when reality forces us to confront who we really are.


I hope that has whetted your appetite. With more acts to be announced, as well as drinks and discussion happening at our Festival Bar, Voodoo Cafe, we promise you (in the words of an audience member last time) “a great night out”. Booking is highly advised and whilst Tickets are ‘Pay What You Decide’ everything you pay will be donated towards the ‘Save Battersea Art Centre’ Campaign