Taking part


Day8 Youth Theatre for 5 – 11 yrs on Saturday at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm and Monday at 4;30 pm – 6:00 pm


The Youth Theatre aims to use drama, dance and singing to facilitate skills progression and an understanding of key stagecraft elements. These fun, games-based sessions will promote team building, confidence in self-expression in addition to furthering interpersonal skills through dynamic and accessible drama work.  There areopportunities to perform at The Exchange.

£5 per session payable in advance, termly or half termly.   Free taster session and enrolment anytime throughout the year.






Day8 Youth Theatre for 11 – 18 yrs on Wednesday at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


This is a chance for the older age group to experiment in stage craft and techniques in a more structured environment with creative script writing and performance opportunities.

£5 per session payable in advance, termly or half termly.   Free taster session and enrolment anytime throughout the year.




Day 8 Contemporary Dance for 8 – 12 yrs on Tuesdays at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Come and join Beverley Knight our resident Choreographer for an enjoyable hour long session where she will teach a wide variety of dance and techniques in a welcoming environment; there will be performance opportunities too.

£4.50 per hour.  Free taster session and enrolment anytime throughout the year.




Actually I CanActing Their Age, Over 50s Drama Class on Tuesdays at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

These sessions are specifically aimed at adults over 50 years old. You can have lots of experience or none at all; just a love of drama and theatre is needed.

Lead by Fraire, you will be practising basic drama skills and creating pieces of theatre whilst working with like-minded people.

Themes and coverage will be explored, led and decided by the by group.

£5.00 per session.





An exciting weekly youth session singing musical theatre and film songs. It includes vocal coaching, solo and group work and acting through song. Each week you will work towards a stage concert.

We will be taking you through a range of musical theatre songs from the West End to Broadway. You will be taught how to really feel and perform the songs to give the best performance possible.

For 10 to 17 yrs. (flexible on age)

£5 per session payable in advance, termly or half termly.   Free taster session and enrolment anytime throughout the year.





dramaDay8 Community Theatre on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


The group is run by Lyndsey Falcus and gives everyone a taste of theatre, the only limitation is age…you must be at least 16 and no longer be legally required to attend school.

We are going to be working in all sorts of theatre genres; we will select a genre and work towards a final performance which will take place in the main auditorium at The Exchange.  The type and size of the show will determine how long a rehearsal period is but looking to start with a performance at least every 12 weeks if possible.

Not only will you experience many types of theatre and performance styles but also work on stage craft developing performance skill and knowledge along with some production aspects such as learning all about the technical side of producing a show.

£5.00 per session



Harlekin Studio OperaHarlekin Studio Opera on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

Sessions will start with vocal and physical warm-ups and move into exploration of musical and dramatic techniques through operatic repertoire. Participants will be given the chance to explore their voice within the chorus of Harlekin Studio Opera, as well as opportunities for solo performance where possible. Singers of all levels of experience  and ages are welcome, and participants agree to foster a welcoming environment of mutual support, respecting that everyone is on a different stage of the path and encouraging each other to become their best self.

This is aimed at Singers and Actors who will be joining us for the majority of rehearsals throughout the year, as they will be getting the most out of our sessions. However, if you are looking to take part as back stage crew, set builders, designers, linguists or in any other area of opera, get in touch and we can talk about ways in which we can collaborate.

Participants will prepare 3 performances in 2019, comprising of opera choruses, ensembles and arias, before moving on to a full scale opera for 2020. They will benefit from an advanced level of musical education tailored to their needs, and in the case of aspiring professionals will be able to build up a CV to help access further education or professional work.

Membership is set at just £25/month for 2019 and can be cancelled at any time. Subscribers have access to weekly rehearsal sessions for up to 46 weeks of the year and extra rehearsals at busy times for no extra cost. Click here for more information.




Spring Ballroom ExchangeBallroom and Latin Dance Class for Adults on Mondays at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

You can learn how to Waltz, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Ballroom Tango and Slow Foxtrot with dance instructor Paul Andreasen.

A great way to keep fit and healthy and meet new people while having a great time.

£6:00 per class.








Open Mic Night on Mondays at 7:30 pm

Come along and play in the Bar, all styles welcome. In house PA provided.

Complimentary drink for all performers








Beginners Argentine Tango on Mondays at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Hannah Johnson in her class that covers the basic steps of tango for beginners whilst also giving a taste of tango culture and an introduction to the music and songs which make this dance so special.

No experience or partner needed, just come along and enjoy.

Stay for tea and a scone after the class if you’ve worked up an appetite with all the dancing. Special price for dancers.

Tango Session £6 (tea and scone not included in the price)




Drink Draw Explore on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Relax, socialise and enjoy a drink in The Exchange Cafe Bar, whilst guided through a range of creative challenges,

from drawing to mixed media.

All equipment is provided. All you need is enthusiasm

£5 entry (drink not included)  Please book place through The Exchange.







Theatre Scratch Night on the fifth Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm 

The Exchange presents an evening of new writing for the stage with its latest Scratch Theatre Night

A chance to see the borough’s new theatre writing even as it takes shape!

The Exchange showcases work in development from some of the most exciting writers and theatre makers in the N.E. Come along and be a part of the artistic process by offering your feedback on what you have seen.

£3 entry fee in the Gallery.







East Coast JazzEast Coast Jazz on the third Sunday of every month at 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A session for fans of jazz.  If you play, come along and show off those licks or, if you’re simply a listener, just come along and enjoy the interpretation and improvisation of a wide range of jazz standards.

Come along to the Bar for an exciting and unpredictable evening of jazz music, created on the spot by the musicians who call in for the evening.






gong soundbathAmazing 360° Gong Sound Bath Experience, One Sunday per month at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come and experience the wonderful vibrations of a full Gong Sound Bath from Gill Gosling. This is a musical journey with a difference. A deeply moving and relaxing venture through sound for your mind, body and spirit, using the Gong, voice and a host of other musical instruments to bring you pure bliss.

You can purchase tickets from www.gongbath.eventzilla.net at £15.00.






FolkSunday Afternoon Tunes on the first Sunday of the month at 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Folk Session! Join us, join in, share a tune, drink damn good beer, relax and/or listen in the gorgeous bar.







Ink and DrinkInk and Drink on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

WriteSpace North East present ‘Ink & Drink!”.

For adults to play around with words in a relaxed, sociable environment whilst developing writing confidence through a range of inspiring themes and engaging prompts.

£6.00 per session or a block of 4 for £20 by messaging [email protected]