Next Event: Reading at Robinson-Gay Gallery Hexham on 23rd May


Past: Demi-paradise was established by actor Stephen Tomlin as the first ever resident professional theatre company at Lancaster Castle. Between 2000 and 2016 his rolling ensemble of 120 northern based actors and creatives presented critically acclaimed popular promenade productions of 10 Shakespeare plays alongside other seasonal and historic entertainments. See Company History and Archive pages for full details of our work then.

Current: Following his move to live permanently in Northumberland from Spring of 2017, Stephen reconstituted Demi-paradise as a small scale touring company specialising in intimate live audio presentations. Haunted: Ghost Stories for Halloween returns for an extended tour in Autumn 2019…See the Haunted page for more tour and venue information!


Lino Cut Image by Cathy Duncan

An Evening with Susie White – Writing The Guardian Country Diary. Saturday 27th April saw our first cross cultural literary collaboration. Susie White gave a talk before a full house on her career as a garden writer and contributor to The Guardian’s  much loved ‘Country Diary’ column. Stephen Tomlin read a selection of Susie’s contributions as well as poems that have inspired her (Adelstrop, The Road through the Woods & Fern Hill). It took place in the intimate setting of the beautiful Robinson-Gay art gallery at the heart of Hexham’s old town and complimented the current exhibition of new work on a Springtime theme by regional artists. 

News Update: To meet public demand we are delighted to be reprising the event at 6.30 on Thursday 23rd May to mark the end of the exhibition. Contact Sarah Robinson-Gay on 01434 – 601972 or e.mail to book. Tickets £10, include complimentary drink.

Summer Hauntings: We return to Newcastle’s much loved arts institute, The Lit & Phil, with three more brilliant ghost stories, part of a week long festival marking the magical days of mid-summer. Penelope McDonald joins Stephen Tomlin to narrate a trio of 20th Century tales with a seasonal twist. The programme consists of Edith Nesbit’s ‘The Violet Car’ (1904) – the first known story to feature a motor car as main protagonist – alongside ‘A View From A Hill’ (1925) by M R James with its west country midsummer setting and Muriel Spark’s darkly comic gem that is ‘The Executor’ (1980)

Performance Date: Thursday 27th June. Tickets £7/£5 Call 0191 232 0192 or e.mail