In 2014, the Great North Run
saw its one millionth finish making it the biggest half marathon in the world!
To mark this occasion, Great North Run Culture hosted the GNR Million opening
ceremony on the banks of the River Tyne. One major part of the GNR Million
opening ceremony was the story And Let Us
Run, written by local author David Almond, it told the tale of the North
East from the beginning of time right through to the present day.
It celebrated the triumphs
and people of the region and remembered the hardships and obstacles we have
faced. It paid tribute to the ordinary people of the North East who have
accomplished extraordinary things.
Informed by this tale,
students from a number of the region’s primary schools have worked with theatre
professionals to create a short play enacting their interpretation of David
Produced by Unfolding Theatre and performed by professional
actors Alex Elliott and Ruth Johnson, we are delighted to be able to showcase And Let Us Run: The Play at
three venues across Tyne & Wear, with the kind support of Port of Tyne, Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums and Heritage Lottery Fund.
14:30 - And Let Us Run: The
Events are ticketed, but tickets are free of charge
Tuesday 26 May, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead - click for tickets
Wednesday 27 May, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle - click for tickets
Friday 29 May South Shields
Museum, South Shields - click for tickets
With thanks to the schools involved; Ravenswood Primary, Hotspur Primary, Bede Community Primary, Hadrian Primary, St. Peter & St. Paul RC Primary, Bamburgh School and David Almond.