Gala Durham is inviting families to join in and rock along with their latest production, Plastic Band, during the Easter holidays.

This show blends music with climate issues, offering positive approaches to address them. It is an ideal performance for families with children aged five and above.

The production will open at Durham County Council venue, Gala Durham, on Tuesday 4 April, with performances taking place at 11am and 2pm until Thursday 6 April. Additional performances will also take place at the theatre on Saturday 8 April at 11am and 2pm.

Plastic Band will then go a tour of some of the council’s town centre libraries on the following dates before finishing at Bishop Auckland Town Hall:

  • Seaham Library, Tuesday 11 April, 10.30am
  • Chester-le-Street Library, Wednesday 12 April, 10.30am
  • Newton Aycliffe Library, Thursday 13 April, 2.30pm 
  • Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Friday 14 April and Saturday 15 April, 11am and 2pm
Rock Out with the Plastic Band this Easter Holiday
Benjamin Storey and Susie Barrett during rehearsals for Plastic Band

Set in the year 2142, Plastic Band imagines County Durham taken over by single-use plastics, with every guitar, drum kit and piano trapped underneath the plastic rubbish.

Audiences can join characters Tate and Madonna as they explore making music out of the plastic that has been built around us.

Tate will be played by Benjamin Storey, who Gala Durham audiences may recognise as Prince Chad of Middlesboroughly from its recent Sleeping Beauty production. Meanwhile, Madonna will be played by Susie Barrett, whose stage credits include family theatre productions such as The Gruffalo and Mr Popper’s Penguins.

Lizzie Glazier, cultural venues and programme manager, said: “We are really excited to stage this production of Plastic Band. We hope it will be entertaining and also inspiring for families, encouraging us all to do our bit to tackle climate change.

“It is also a great opportunity for families to come together to enjoy a theatre experience over the Easter holiday and we look forward to welcoming everyone who comes to watch the show.”

Tickets cost £8 each or a family ticket is available for £30.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit or call 03000 266 600 or Bishop Auckland Town Hall at or 03000 269 524.

Tickets for the library tour are available from each library at a cost of £2.50.

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