GDIF 2018 21 June – 7 July Free Entry


Great North Star

part of the Great Exhibition of the North

Type: Dance, Music, Spectacle, Theatre

Part of the closing weekend of the Great Exhibition of the North, Great North Star celebrates the centenary of women’s suffrage.

This outdoor performance will feature a volunteer cast of 100 alongside female sporting legends Paula Radcliffe, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Kathrine Switzer and actors Charlie Hardwick and Julie Hesmondhalgh.

The performance will feature elements of music, narration, mass choreography and video projection.

Great North Star has been designed for broadcast on the BBC as part of the coverage of the Great North CityGames and the Great North Run’s weekend coverage and will be broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 8 September at 3:15pm. We also expect it to be streamed live – details will be confirmed nearer the time.

Join the cast of Great North Star

Join a cast of 100 women and 25 men and be part of the spectacular finale to the Great Exhibition of the North.


This fantastic performance will pay tribute to the brave, determined and inspiring women who fought for the vote and helped shape all our futures. Without them, I and my fellow women MPs would not be able to do the jobs we do today.

This is a great opportunity for women across the North East to commemorate the centenary of women’s suffrage by volunteering to be part of the Great Exhibition of the North.

Victoria Atkins, Minister for Women

Cast & Creative Team

Julie Hesmondhalgh

Charlie Hardwick

Tanni Grey-Thompson

Paula Radcliffe

Kathrine Switzer


Great North Star is written by Manchester-based poet and playwright Louise Wallwein, directed by FESTIVAL.ORG’s Bradley Hemmings with production design by Rebecca Brower. New music is by composer Roma Yagnik and choreography by Liv Lorent (balletLORENT) – both based in Newcastle. Video design will be by Zsolt Balogh, responsible for the video projections for Made in Hull, which opened last year’s Hull 2017 City of Culture programme and lighting design by Phil Supple.

Great Exhibition of the North

Great Exhibition of the North is an 80-day Exhibition, taking place between 22 June and 9 September 2018 across NewcastleGateshead, celebrating great art and culture, design and innovation from across the North.

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