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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 was launched with great success last year and returns currently for an extended tour of nine cultural centres in Northumberland and Dumfries between 24 October – 3 November…See the Haunted page for more information.

Recent: We returned to Newcastle’s much loved arts institute, The Lit & Phil, with three more ghost stories; part of a week long festival marking the magical days of mid-summer. Penelope McDonald joined Stephen Tomlin to narrate a trio of supernatural tales. Edith Nesbit’s The Violet Car, followed by¬† A View From A Hill by M R James and Muriel Spark’s The Executor.

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 ‘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 at the end of the exhibition.