Freedom on the Tyne

Sunday 29th October, 2017

Image: SAMA 2007, used to illustrate Freedom on the Tyne.

On Sunday 29th October a great drama will engulf NewcastleGateshead, inspired by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and epic civil rights struggles from across the globe, both past and present.

Out of the buildings and through the streets of NewcastleGateshead will come a unique afternoon of theatre, music, dance, circus and art to celebrate the courage and sacrifice of those who have led the long march for civil rights. Starting from different locations across the city, the stories from Selma, Alabama 1963, Amritsar, India 1919, Sharpeville, South Africa 1961, Peterloo, Manchester 1819, and the Jarrow Marches, Tyneside 1936 will be woven together in a unique immersive performance featuring a local cast of hundreds that will develop throughout the day.

As night falls, an uplifting climax will bring the city to a standstill for a memorable moment of light, sound and theatre.


Freedom on the Tyne will be your chance to take over the city in an exciting and joyous celebration of the people’s global struggle for civil rights. Whether you prefer to act as a protester, a soldier, or a government minister; or to dance or sing in a chorus of hundreds; or march and chant amongst thousands; or help organise the event alongside our team of producers and designers there will be a role for you.

Freedom on the Tyne is a people’s day. We need you!

The next public workshops are on Saturday 16th and Saturday 23rd September. Sign up now to join us on this amazing journey.

Freedom on the Tyne will be led by acclaimed international director Tim Supple and award-winning writer Roy Williams working alongside Tyneside’s finest creative talent and leading actors from the UK and abroad.

Freedom on the Tyne is a partnership between Northern Roots, NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Newcastle University and produced by Mike Griffiths.