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Our new home…

10 DEC 2012.   It’s been a busy old time for us at the Rep recently, what with our radio drama airing on Spark Sunderland, and lots more writing for further shows to come in the new year.  The radio stuff is really starting to come together now. We’re currently putting together our Mixcloud page, where you’ll be able to hear all our audio output – keep your eyes on this site (and the facebook page) for details.

But we’ve also been busy putting together our plans for theatrical productions over the coming months. As well as our 2013 season, a further project we’re embarking upon is an occasional series of script-in-hand rehearsed readings.  We’ll be inviting contributions from writers (and casting submissions from actors) very soon; again, keep an eye on the site.

We’re pleased to announce that the new venue for these and many other productions in the future, will be The Stumble Inn, on Chester Road in Sunderland.

Formally the Royalty pub, it has recently been taken over by new management and refurbished to a fantastic standard.  You can check out their facebook page here.  We will be taking up residency in their function room upstairs, which is equipped with a stage at one end of the room, as well as its own fully stocked bar!

We’re very much looking forward to establishing our partnership with The Stumble Inn, and we look forward to welcoming you along to our many productions in 2013.

Press coverage for our first radio production

29 NOV 2012.

So, you may well have noticed, if you follow us on twitter, or facebook, or check back to this site regularly, that we’ve been deeply involved in producing radio drama recently.

During the rehearsals and preparation of our first production – 2-part comedy/drama ‘Stick To The Act’ by Martyn Grahame – we were joined by Nicola Owen from Keep Your Eyes Open TV. is “the North-East’s arts and culture dispatch”, covering all aspects of culture in the region. You can read the article, which includes a bit of background to how the whole project came together as a stageplay, on their website here.

Our first radio drama is ‘in the can’…

…well actually, it’s in the PC inside Adobe Audition, but you get the point.  Our first radio production has been recorded!

We had an excellent day in the studio, with a very talented cast and an absolutely indispensable engineer (and editor) in Isabelle Ow.

The two-parter is now in its final editing stage, before being broadcast on 18th and 25th November.

In the meantime, you can go to our facebook page and look at some photos from the rehearsal and recording.

Isabelle Ow at the desk, with Paul Dunn, Sean Hanlon and Martyn Grahame in the booth

Stick To The Act – rehearsal update

It’s been a very busy time recently here at Rep Towers!

As you’ll know from our current projects page, we’re currently working with Spark FM to produce original radio drama and comedy, to be broadcast in their new upcoming Drama and Documentaries slot, at 3.30pm on Sundays.

Well, today we had a rehearsal and readthrough of our first project: ‘Stick To The Act – The Rise and Fall of Douglas and Adams’.  It’s a great two-part script, written by Martyn Grahame and adapted from his stage play which ran at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe to great critical and audience acclaim.  This was where I first saw the play, and I liked it so much that when it went to Wimbledon Studio theatre in November of that year I went to see it again, this time reviewing it for RemoteGoat.

I chatted to Martyn and his co-star Sean Hanlon in the bar after the show that night, and wished them all the best for the project in the future.  For various reasons which I won’t go into here the play sadly hit a bit of a dead end – however, I’m very pleased that Martyn has revived his radio version of the story and given it to the Rep for our inaugural radio production!

We’ll be in the studio all day tomorrow to record it, and you can listen to it online or on 107FM in Sunderland on Sunday 18th November.  It will hopefully be available soon after that to listen to again as a download.

Martyn Grahame, Sean Hanlon, Paul Dunn in rehearsals


And welcome to the Sunderland REP website.

Which is really a glorified blog site, but that’s okay because it serves its purpose perfectly, which is to keep you informed on all the projects past, present, and future, from Sunderland’s newest and most exciting arts company.  Sunderland REP’s aim is to produce theatre, film, radio, events, and just about anything else that takes its fancy, drawing on the huge pool of talent available here in Sunderland, as well as the rest of the North-East.