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Freedom on the Tyne Workshops

10 October 2017 - 28 October 2017

This is an invitation from Bethany Ellen Coyle to take part on a series of workshops to prepare for the Freedom on Tyne event on Sunday 29 October.

As part of Freedom City 2017’s program of events celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Newcastle University awarding Martin Luther King an honorary doctorate, Newcastle City Center will become the stage for a huge public theatre performance on 29th October 2017; ’Freedom On the Tyne’.

Bethany Ellen Coyle

As part of this performance, I am leading a musical, carnivalesque street theatre piece in which we will celebrate and commemorate our past grassroots social and political movements. Lead by a full brass band, the theater will be a re-enactment of the Jarrow March, Suffragettes, Miners’, Anti-War, Anti-Racism and Anti-Poverty protest movements. We are inviting local people, passionate about and active in current social justice causes and campaigns and members of local campaign groups and organisations to join us in what promises to be an evocative, exciting and unforgettable cultural celebration of our past social justice struggles.

If you would like to become involved and be part of this celebratory protest march, you will need to attend at least one of a series of workshops in which Theresa Easton and myself will explore these themes, creating placards and banners and learning songs and chants associated with the historic protest movements.

(All equipment, tools and learning resources will be supplied & you can keep your placard after the performance!)

Workshops are open to all but if you have a particular passion for a certain cause, the upcoming workshops will be themed as follows:




Workshop Dates / Times / Place / Theme

Tuesdays @ Broadacre House, City Centre
10th / 5.30pm -7.30pm / Suffragettes
17th / 5.30pm -7.30pm/ Miners
24th / 5.30-7.30pm / Open

Tuesday 24th October @ BALTIC, Gateshead
2-3pm / Open
3.15-4.15pm / Open

Sundays @ Chilli Studios, New Bridge Street, Byker
15th / 10.30am – 12.30pm / Jarrow March
17th / 10.30am – 12.30pm / Anti-Racism

Performance – 29th October 2-6pm in Newcastle City Centre
Rehearsal – 28th October – Heworth School – time TBC (afternoon)

To register to attend any of the workshops, please click here.

or email me: if you have any further questions.

I look forward to singing, marching and campaigning with you soon,

Best wishes and in solidarity,

Bethany Elen Coyle
Musician, Educator, Performer, Practitioner, Composer


10 October 2017
28 October 2017