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Trailer Story

A Touring Outdoor Performance Space

A travelling outdoor performance space touring across the UK, a joyful, and safe, way of bringing communities together in their local public spaces to celebrate theatre.

Trailer Story is a travelling outdoor performance space that celebrates local creativity and forges national connections. In partnership with Northern Stage and Theatre by the Lake, Trailer Story will present weekend-long programmes of events, performances and community happenings across the UK, beginning with a residency in Newcastle city centre, with support from NE1 Ltd, and Crow Park in Keswick, with support from the National Trust. Performances will be housed in a touring truck, usually used to tour production sets around the country, but reimagined as a space for artists and audiences to meet and built with sustainability at it’s core.

Inspired by ETT’s origins as Century Theatre, who toured the UK in a pop-up space, Trailer Story performances will be housed in a truck, usually used to tour production sets around the country, but reimagined as a space for artists and audiences to meet. Designed by Jon Bausor with Tina Torbey, and Lighting Design by Natasha Chivers. Trailer Story opens in Newcastle, 30 July – 1 August, before visiting Keswick 5 – 8 August 2021, in partnership with Northern Stage and Theatre by the Lake.


The touring programme includes theatre with Nouveau Riche’s dance-theatre piece, Resonate, written and performed by Ntonga Mwanza; Lung Theatre’s Who Cares by Matt Woodhead which explores the experience of young carers; the bike-powered family comedy, How to Save a Rock, written by Conky Kampfner, Alex Rugman and Pigfoot; and Tim Crouch’s reimagining of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night from the point of view of its most notoriously abused steward in I, Malvolio.

There is comedy with the country’s best comics performing for an audience of children and their families in Comedy Club 4 Kids.

Figs in Wigs host cosmic game show, Astrology Bingo; and there is A Rain Walk, a self-guided tour accompanied recorded voices of children from across the UK and Ireland.

With music and beatboxing from Grace Savage who performs her award-winning beatbox routines and distinguished back catalogue of songs; and Testament also brings his spoken word, rap and beatbox show.

In addition, the programme offers a platform for local artists in each area to take over the space, including The BonBons Cabaret, Mam Tackles The Climate Crisis, BRASH’s Raising Shame and A case in point by What’s That Dance in Newcastle. Keswick’s local programming to be announced.

Richard Twyman, Artistic Director, and Sophie Scull, Executive Producer of ETT today said, “This programme curated by the team at ETT and our partners at Northern Stage and Theatre by the Lake offers audiences a rich selection of entertainment for all ages, from theatre and dance to comedy and spoken word. In this, its inaugural year, we hope that our touring truck will provide the opportunity for artists and audiences to reconnect and celebrate the communal act of theatre-making. We, and all the artists involved, are so excited to be back making work, touring and meeting audiences in their local community again.


Trailer Story is made possible with support from the Cultural Recovery Fund, the Weston Culture Fund, Urban Green and the National Trust.


Newcastle, Northen Stage

30 Jul - 1 Aug 2021

Kewsick, Theatre by the Lake

5 - 8 Aug 2021

Creative Team


Bella Rodrigues

Assistant Producer

Ben Quashie


Jon Bausor

Design Associate

Tina Torbey

Lighting Designer

Natasha Chivers

Production Manager

Naomi Hoolahan

Production Manager

Matt Ledbury

Company Stage Manager

Jessica Thanki

Sound Technician

Paul Hoolahan

Lighting Technician

Peter Harrison


Bella Rodrigues

Assistant Producer

Ben Quashie