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Third Angel & Northern Stage present


Creative Team

Devised by the Company

Performed by:
PALADIN: Umar Ahmed
LOCKHART: Nick Chambers
DAPHNE: Stacey Sampson
FREYA: Rachael Walton

Text by Alexander Kelly
Dramaturgy and additional text by Stacey Sampson
Directed by Alexander Kelly & Rachael Walton
Stage Design by Bethany Wells
Music & Sound Design by Heather Fenoughty
Additional Sound Design by Matt Angove
Vocals by Kerry Mallam
Lighting Design by Katharine Williams
Camera & Edit Richard Flood
Publicity Design by Wayne Gamble
Show Photography Sophie Teasdale

Executive Producer: Hilary Foster
General Manager: Rhiannon Jones
Admin & Production Assistant: Sarah Webb
Marketing Associate: Joanna Jowett

Based on
O Grande Livros dos Pequenos Detalhes
Written by Alexander Kelly
Michel Blois
Paula Diogo de Carvalho
Cláudia Gaiolas
Thiare Maia Amara
and translated by
Alex Cassal & Joana Frazão 

With special thanks to
John Hunter &
Vic McGlynn

Premiered in February 2018:

A single glove in the street,
A torn up love letter in a Metro carriage,
A pair of shoes hanging from a telephone wire,
A phone box that rings as you walk past…

You see their work - but you never see them. So subtle you might not even notice. Snags in the fabric of everyday life. Objects, moments, the seeds of stories, the odd little things you come across every day that make you think, what’s going on there…?     

The Department of Distractions, an organisation so clandestine you won’t have heard of them. They say their job is to plant stories in the world “to make life more interesting.” Others would argue that their job is as much to stop us looking in certain directions. But things are starting to unravel, a story they started has got out of hand, they’ve lost control of it and now they’re in danger of being exposed. How far will they go to maintain their anonymity? How much are you willing to believe? 

Third Angel brings you a conspiracy-theory documentary-exposé detective story for the 21st century that asks: What aren’t you looking at?


We’ve been following the work of The Department for some time. Check out our files here: #TheDepartmentOfDistractions 

Feel free to add to the catalogue if you spot their work.

Tickets on sale now. Book here.

Read Alex’s blog posts about how we made the show here.

Touring Archive

10 Feb 2018, 20:00
Northern Stage, Newcastle
09 Feb 2018, 20:00
Northern Stage, Newcastle
08 Feb 2018, 20:00
Northern Stage, Newcastle / BSL Interpreted
07 Feb 2018, 20:00
Northern Stage, Newcastle
06 Feb 2018, 20:00
Northern Stage, Newcastle
05 Feb 2018, 20:00
Northern Stage, Newcastle
03 Feb 2018, 20:00
Northern Stage, Newcastle
02 Feb 2018, 20:00
Northern Stage, Newcastle

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