Mariners Park to host Bitesize Events later this month

Mariners Park to host Bitesize Events later this month

Tickets are on sale for a pair of Bitesize Events which will be held at Mariners Park later this month.

Award-winning arts initiative the Cultural Spring has commissioned the short pieces of theatre to tour venues in South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn.

Two of them will come to Mariners Park on March 16 and March 23 respectively.

Below is a synopsis of them.


Best in the World – 16th March 7pm – (family friendly show)

BEST in the world A5 flyer FINAL-page-0Best in the World is a heart-warming, hilarious and occasionally heroic theatre show. It is set in a world that can transport us from the ordinary to the extraordinary. A world where we can all be champions. A world where every one of us is just one perfect throw from greatness. That world is darts. Performer Alex Elliott takes audiences on a journey to discover what it really means to be ‘best in the world’. Through the power of live darts, motivational bananas and true stories of world champions, Best in the World creates a joyful, welcoming and uplifting space that celebrates all of our ‘gold medal moments’.

Best in the World has toured to theatres, festivals, and community venues across the UK. To date, it has never been performed in South Tyneside, despite having been inspired and informed by the darts players of The Steamboat Pub.

Reviews of Best in the World

“There can only be one word for it: MAGIC THEATRE.” –                          Guardian

Best Emerging Company Finalist – Total Theatre Awards

“A hugely compelling piece of theatre, moving, funny, wise and warm” Audience member

“I took two friends who are non-theatregoers. They’re now talking about making theatre night a regular thing. The ultimate feedback!?”


Unfolding Theatre makes big-hearted theatre that delights in bringing people together. Described by the Guardian as “thrillingly talented people”, their award-winning productions have attracted acclaim regionally and nationally. The company tours to diverse audiences and settings: theatres, community centres, schools and outdoor spaces.

Tickets cost £5 and are available to buy at

The Thief of Baghdad presents

Becoming Scheherazade – 23rd March 6.30pm (a more intimate show/talk by the actor Kamaal Hussain, more for ages 16+ as it touches on some adult themes about his life)

Magic and reality collide as one British Arab navigates the voyages of Sindbad the Sailor and tries to make sense of his own family’s relationship to their migration from Iraq to the UK.

In August 2017 Cultural Spring supported a group of South Tyneside residents to go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to look for a special show to bring home. They fell in love with Kamaal Hussain’s moving account of growing up feeling different, and are delighted to be able to share it with you, their friends and neighbours. They describe Becoming Scheherazade as:

“An incredible story told with dignity”

“A deeply personal and uplifting show”

“Absolutely brilliant”

Told with warmth and humour by a master storyteller, performances of Becoming Scheherazade are followed by a Middle East inspired feast (included in the ticket price), and an opportunity to share more stories with Kamaal.

Biography of Kamaal Hussain

Kamaal Hussain has 25 years’ experience as an actor and director working in theatre and television. Credits include The New Statesman national tour with Rik Mayall as an actor, and directing shows for Forced Entertainment, London’s New Diorama, and Leicester Haymarket. Kamaal is currently Artistic Director of Thief of Baghdad, the theatre company set up in 2016 in order to make Becoming Scheherazade.