Skip Navigation

Donnison School Heritage, Education and Media Centre

Bringing History Back to Life

Quick Contact

Telephone: 0191 565 4835


Find us on Google+

Our Affiliates

Living History North East

Sunderland Heritage Forum

Sunderland Old Township History Society

Durham Heritage Coast

Banyan Arts

Ryhope Community Centre


Find Us

The Donnison Intergenerational Theatre Project - Do IT!
Print this page


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

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

Tall Ships Open - 10..0am -4.00pm

Open Day with Sunderland Shipbuilding Exhibition (includes original film footage) Fresh homemade refreshments

Friday 13 July 2018

The Golden Age of Tall Ships - 6.30pm

At Sea with Joseph Conrad: A Dramatic Interpretations with The Donnison Players. Wine and Cheese £10.00

Friday 13 July 2018

Open Day 10.00 - 4.00pm

Sing along with the Sunderland Intergenerational Singers and listen to some new and old sea shanties'. Enjoy a hearty welcome by volunteers in costume and enjoy food from The Captains Table!! Grog and Tucker includes fish finger sandwiches and ch

Saturday 14 July 2018

View More Events