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!


Summer Hauntings: You don’t have to wait until the autumn to sample what we have to offer! The company returns 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. We kick off with Edith Nesbit’s ‘The Violet Car’, the first ghost story to feature a motor car as main protagonist, followed by  ‘A View From A Hill’ by the great M R James with its rural midsummer setting and finish on a darkly comic high note with Muriel Spark’s ‘The Executor’.

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


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 long established and much respected ‘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 Gallery & complimented their current exhibition of new art work on a Springtime theme by regional artists. To meet public demand we reprised the event on Thursday 23rd May to mark the end of the exhibition.