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Third Angel presents

The Desire Paths

Performance Times and Credits

Part of Self Build Utopias at Northern Stage, Stage 3

Live Performances:
Friday 22nd June, 1 - 8pm
Saturday 23rd, 10am - 6pm
Sunday 24th, 10am - 6pm
Saturday 30th, 10am - 6pm 
Sunday 1st July, 10am - 6pm

Monday 25 - Friday 29 June, 10am - 6pm

Performed by
Holly Gallagher
Alexander Kelly
Gillian Jane Lees
Luca Rutherford


For the rest of the summer The Desire Paths becomes incorporated into the evolving exhibition of Self Build Utopias, featuring work by Experimental Architecture Group & CultureLab, Hannah Fox, Sonia Hughes, 154 Collective, Unfolding Theatre and Northern Stage Young Company.

We are delighted to be remaking The Desire Paths as part of Self Build Utopias, our collaboration with Northern Stage and The School of Experimental Architecture at Newcastle University as part of the Great Exhibition of the North.

The Desire Paths: NewcastleGateshead 2018

Picture a map of your city. Think of the names of its streets and paths. What if those street names didn’t commemorate the past, but instead spoke of our hopes for the future? If you could rename those familiar streets, what would you call them? Would the names be optimistic, happy, romantic? Or a bit more down to earth? 


Drawing a huge street map of NewcastleGateshead, Third Angel will explore the relation ship between the two cities with each other, with their pasts and with their futures. We will invite you to rename a street of your choice after a hope or ambition for the future. Join us in the Self Build Utopias exhibition to help draw a city of dreams.

The Desire Paths NewcastleGateshead

Sheffield Team

Created and Performed by
Hannah Butterfield
Nicki Hobday
Alexander Kelly
Gillian Jane Lees
Stacey Sampson
Rachael Walton
Bethany Wells

With input from
Lucy Ellinson

General Manager
Hilary Foster

Admin & Production Assistants
Liz Johnson
Ellie Whittaker

Commissioned by
Sheffield Year of Making 2016

Presented with, and supported by, Sheffield Theatres
as part of Fun Palaces 2016

The Desire Paths forms part of Making Ways, a Sheffield Culture Consortium project supported through Arts Council England.

Originally developed for Make. Do. And Mend. for Northern Stage and Forest Fringe.

The Desire Paths: Sheffield 2016

One weekend in October 2016, we chalked out the city centre street map from the Sheffield A-Z, and asked the public to rename the streets - not after some past event, but to commemorate a hope or a dream for the future: personal or political, serious or lighthearted. We heard so many stories, of first jobs, chance meetings, lost loves. It was a moving, brilliant day, and a chance to work with some regular collaborators, and some who we’ve been wanting to work with for a long time.

This film by Joseph Priestley tells the story of the day.

The show is touring in 2018 and 2019. If you’d like us to come and remake The Desire Paths for your town or city, do get in touch.

The Desire Paths Sheffield: Photographs by Joseph Priestly

Touring Archive

01 Jul 2018, 10:00
Stage 3, Northern Stage, NEWCASTLE
30 Jun 2018, 10:00
Stage 3, Northern Stage, NEWCASTLE
24 Jun 2018, 10:00
Stage 3, Northern Stage, NEWCASTLE
23 Jun 2018, 10:00
Stage 3, Northern Stage, NEWCASTLE
22 Jun 2018, 13:00
Stage 3, Northern Stage, NEWCASTLE
22 Jun 2018, 10:00
Great Exhibition of the North/Northern Stage, Newcastle


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