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Welcome to BACCANALIA, the inaugural entertainment festival with something for everyone. From the creator of Bishop Auckland’s Christmas Town comes a brand-new celebration of all things performance with events for the little ones, bigger ones, grown & mature ones! Bring your friends, bring your family and join this frivolous festivity of arts, culture and social revelry.

Chris Connaughton: Storyteller

Saturday 30th April, 11:00am | £6 | 3+ (Kids)

Chris Connaughton is a storyteller and writer who tours nationally with his acclaimed performances. Fun, thrilling, and full of surprises, his versions of classic tales have been delighting young audiences – and their grown-ups! – for almost 25 years. Chris is also the author of several books for young readers and teenagers.

Notflix: The Improvised Musical

Sunday 1st May, 4pm | Full: £12.50 | Conc: £11.50 (Musical Theatre)

The “Spice Girls of improv” return in their five star, sell-out, totally improvised musical comedy Notflix. Inspired by audience suggestions, the all-female cast improvise the musical version of your favourite films LIVE, creating movies with 100% more singing and 99% more women. Broadway World Best Comedy nominee. As seen on Sky TV, STV & BBC 5 Live.
★★★★★ “Notflix might very well be the best show you see this year, the year after that and hopefully forever” (Broadway Baby).
★★★★★ “A little piece of theatrical genius” (North West End)

CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

Saturday 30th April, 3.30pm | Full: £12.50 | Conc: £11.50 ( Theatre / Comedy)

No one knows who the killer is, not even the cast! Following multiple five-star sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, ‘CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation’ returns with the rip-roaring crime comedy made up entirely on the spot. Who? What? How? The choice is yours in this fully-improvised, witty and absurd murder mystery where the audience creates the crime.

“Quick thinking & fast paced. A spectacular must see” ★★★★★ (Bunbury Magazine)

“A novel idea, executed superbly” ★★★★★ (The Wee Review)

“Doubles as a hysterical murder mystery & a tight witty improv show” ★★★★ (Fringe Biscuit)

Katie Pritchard: Hysterical Histories

Sunday 1st May, 11:00am | 5+ (Kids)

Full: £7.50 | Conc: £6.50 | Family: £26

Join freelance historical tour guide, Katie Pritchard, on this high-octane tour of her favourite people in history. Katie will bring history to life LIVE before your very eyes with some super catchy music, her VERY high budget hand-made costumes, and some death-defying feats of actory. Fun for ages 5-105.
“Inventive and Hilarious” (Broadway Baby)
WINNER best Family Friendly Show at Guildford Fringe 2019
WINNER Musical Comedy Awards 2019
WINNER 2Northdown Comedy Competition 2019

Tom Brace: Embrace the Impossible

Sunday 1st May, 12:30pm | 7+ (Family)

Full: £9.50 | Conc: £8.50 | Family: £34

Tom Brace loved his childhood. Roald Dahl, Cluedo and one film in particular from 1985… A hilarious afternoon of 1.21 gigawatts of magic as he showcases his unique, incredible and totally pointless abilities in a show inspired by his past for all ages!
“Reminiscent of a young Stephen Mulhern” (The List)
“Charmed, amazed and delighted in equal measure!” (James O’Brien, LBC)
★★★★ (Primary Times)

The Puppet Parade Workshop

Sunday 1st May, 1:30pm | £5 | 5-10yrs (Kids)

Grab your grown-up and come along to this creative workshop for children aged between 5 – 10 years old. Learn how to make the puppet of your dreams then breathe life into them before your very eyes. At the Puppet Parade, your little character will come to life and begin to explore the world around them as they dance, jump and sing their way into being. All materials are provided so bring yourself, your imagination and your grown-up too, and make sure they stay throughout to help you bring your puppet into the world. Each child will need a ticket but grown-ups come free.

Paul Sinha: Hazy Little Thing Called Love [0 tickets available]

Hilarity Bites SpecialSunday 1st May, 6pm | 17+ (Comedy)

Full: £15 | Conc: £14

Paul is back on the road with the show that covid temporarily put on hold. So far, Paul has lived his life content in the understanding that stability and emotional happiness were lovely ideas but not really for him. Nonetheless, several decades of bearing boozy witness to the narratives of others can slowly change a man.

Reviews for previous solo shows include;
★★★★ ‘Fiercely sharp, poignant and on top form’ The Skinny
★★★★ ‘Whip-smart comedy’ Time Out
★★★★★ ‘This is a faultless hour of comedy’ Broadway Baby

Katie Pritchard: Disco Ball [0 tickets available]

Saturday 30th April, 6pm | 16+ (Musial Comedy)

Full: £9.50 | Conc: £8.50

Party with carnage-wielding, mayhem-manifesting, human disco ball Katie Pritchard, in her brand-new musical comedy show, as she tries to figure out “who she is” while possibly dressed as a pavlova.
“Inventive and hilarious” (Broadway Baby)
“An explosion of joyful lunacy” (Shortlist)
“Fantastically weird” (Femedy)
“A veritable Sizewell B” (Chortle)
“Always original and entertaining” (Female Arts Magazine)
Winner: Musical Comedy Awards 2019.
Winner: 2Northdown New Comedian 2019

BACCANALIA: Silent Disco [0 tickets available]

Saturday 30th April, 9pm | ADV £5 | 18+ (Club Night)

Dance to music on wireless headphones where two live DJ sets are broadcast simultaneously. Switch channels to find your favourite songs and bop the night away to the music you love. If you’ve never been to a silent disco before, we strongly recommend you seize this chance for a fantastic club night like no other. Headphones provided.

The BonBons Cabaret [0 tickets available]

Saturday 30th April, 7:15pm | 16+ (Cabaret)

Full: £11 | Conc: £10

In association with Alphabetti Theatre, The House of Love presents THE BONBONS CABARET, a safe environment that champions dangerous, queer and alternative performance from the North East and beyond. A glitter-fuelled, foot-stomping, pant wetting cabaret riot featuring starlet on the rise singer/songwriter MXYM, drag king Ben Dover Love, burlesque babe Mama Rhi, appetising queen Vol-Au-Vent Love and your host Bonnie Love!
“Brazenly raucous, completely ridiculous, and nothing less than an absolute riot” – NARC (Leigh Venus)
“A perfect tonic for these trying times” – NARC (Leigh Venus)

The Misadventures of David & Sam [0 tickets available]

Saturday 30th April, 12:30pm | 6+ (Family)

Full £8.50 | Conc: £7.50 | Family: £30

Farmers-turned-entertainers David and Sam are ploughing up to Bishop Auckland with their rambunctious comedy spectacular decorated with the absolute best showmanship they can muster. Which is loads! Join us as we courteously portray to you our untold and epic adventures. We don’t promise facts. We don’t even promise to get to the end of the show! So bring your Granny and all the family because this is a smash-hit for big kids and little adults!
“Effervescent, Energetic… You’ll find it hard not to be won over” (Ought to be Clowns)
“Laugh-a-minute comedy gold” ★★★★★ (Creative Reviews UK)