Come on Down 2015

COME ON DOWN is the regional festival of performance and creativity for and by learning disabled people and now in its 10th year! Supported by Headway Arts and hosted by our resident learning disabled theatre company Seven Stars, we would like you to be involved in this year’s festival by bringing your performance to show and share with us at Headway ArtSpace in Blyth.

If you haven’t been to Come on Down before, it is a bring and share event. This means we love it when people attend for a full day to perform or showcase their work and stay to watch the other groups as well. We are now looking to schedule performances into the festival programme…

The theme for this year is adventure. We would love to see pieces that incorporate our theme but this isn’t restrictive. If you’re struggling for inspiration, the Seven Stars will be performing Comet Tales, part of our New Worlds project. Set in a galaxy far, far away powered only by the starlight of their dreams, Captain Morale is on a mission to discover a beautiful space “just past the seventh star” when his spaceship is badly damaged in a moon-rock asteroid storm.

Of course, if you don’t have a piece of work to perform then we would still love to have you in the audience. There will be other things to get involved with as well such as music and drama workshops on the Wednesday, our ‘Come on Down’ game (check out The Price is Right if you don’t know what we’re talking about!), and the first ever Starlight Winter Ball on the Thursday evening so don’t miss out!

This year is also better than ever, not just because of the Starlight ball or our designated workshop day, we are hoping to have our new main ArtSpace up and running for Come on Down. Our new main space means more audience and performance space, and a larger stage! We also need your help to name it. We will ask you for your input on your Come on Down day so get your thinking caps ready!

The days will run to the following orders:

Tuesday 1st December

10:00 – 10:30 – Start

10:30 – 12:00 – Performances

12:00 – 13:00 – Lunch

13:00 – 15:00 – Performances

15:00 – 16:00 – The “Come on Down” game


Wednesday 2nd December (workshop day, evening ball)

Mind The Gap – 10:30am – 12:00pm – “Adventure” workshop
Headway Arts – 10:30am – 12:00pm – workshop

Mind The Gap – 1:30pm – 3:00pm – “Magna Carta” workshop
Headway Arts – 1:30pm – 3:00pm – workshop

3:30pm – 5pm – Mind The Gap – Real Voices, Real Lives: Exploring disability hate crime (For group leaders only)

6pm – 7pm – Hot dinner / Karaoke

7pm – 9pm – Come on Down Masked Ball. Tickets cost £5 and includes 3 free drinks tokens!


Thursday 3rd December

1pm – Performance of Comet Tales by Headway Arts’ Satellites theatre group, followed by games

2.30pm – End 🙂

Groups are welcome to attend any of the three days. There will however only be group performances on Tuesday. Wednesday is our dedicated workshop day and on Thursday we have a performance of Comet Tales. So do have a think about what you’d like to be involved in.

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Come On Down is supported by the Big Lottery Fund






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We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of all our funders which currently includes:

  • Arts Council England
  • Blyth Town Council
  • Community Foundation
  • Edward Gostling Foundation – RW Mann Trust – Shears Foundation
  • Erasmus+
  • Great Northumberland
  • Hadrian Trust – High Sheriff of Northumberland – Rothley Trust
  • Heritage Fund
  • National Lottery Community Fund
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Postcode Community Trust
  • Sir James Knott Trust
  • The 1989 Willan Trust – Wellesley Trust
  • the Coalfields Regeneration Trust