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The Donnison Intergenerational Theatre Project - Do IT!
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The Donnsion Intergenerational Experience 



The Friends of The Donnison School, have been empowering generations to come together and build a lasting legacy. The group have worked together, securing training as Intergenerational Champions and specialist theatre training.

As the finale of the project the intergenerational team including volunteers, children from Broadway Juniors School and The Canny Bunch Theatre Group, performed a brand new musical which charted the development of the Quayside Exchange Building from 1814 -2014.

Composed and written by the teenagers and including an original score of new songs.
The story of the building weaves through cameo characters that retell the building’s rich history, held together by songs and dance.

Joy Dagless, Chair of Friends, states “This was fantastic opportunity to take the story of this building and bring it to life for a new generation. The children have embraced history in a new way. It will have people singing and crying at what is really the people’s history of our town.”





Upcoming Events

Amy Robsart's little trip

On the 8 September 1560 Amy Robsart the first wife of Robert Dudley was found dead at the foot of a staircase with a broken neck. Did she fall by accident or suicide or was she pushed?By Stuart Miller

Monday 30 April 2018

A trip down The River Wear from Wear Head to Roker Pier

By George Nairn

Monday 21 May 2018

OPEN DAY: Sunderland History Fair

Saturday 2nd June 10.00am - 4.00pm Sunderland Heritage Forum's History Fair, which brings together all aspects of local and regional heritage at The Quayside Exchange this year. The Donnison will be open for refreshments and a tour around our Geo

Saturday 02 June 2018

The History of Rock Lodge 1870 -1970

By Bill Greenwell

Monday 25 June 2018

Tall Ships: Open Day 10.00am - 4.00pm

Open Day with Sunderland Shipbuilding Exhibition (includes original film footage.) and fresh homemade refreshments.

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Sunderland Keelboats and Keelmen: 11.30am

By Carol Elva Carlyon and Buffet Lunch £7.00 (Book your tickets now!)

Thursday 12 July 2018

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