Arts In Doncaster

Emma talks about the creative events and opportunities for artists, currently happening this May in Doncaster.

Words: Emma Gullon


CAST have a vast range of theatre productions throughout the year; from big touring shows such as Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Lady Vanishes’ (3rd – 8th June) to up and coming theatre companies like Smashing Mirror’s Theatre with their new show ‘Three Emos’ (7th May).

CAST also host various workshops for the young and the young at heart such as A Very Bug Adventure Family Workshops and Opera North’s Little Singers. There’s also opportunities for local artists to develop their own work with events like the annual Scriptworks course,  and even courses held by the cast and crew of visiting shows.

On the other side of town, The Doncaster Little Theatre may be small, but that doesn’t mean it still doesn’t make an impact on the community. This is an excellent opportunity for local talent to showcase their own productions. 2 Act Theatre bring their brand new  family show ‘The Pirates of The Curry Bean’ (13th -14th May). However, legendary talent will also be taking centre stage such as 60s’ The Swinging Blue Jeans on 9th May and singer songwriter Dean Friedman performing 2nd May.

Visual Arts

For contemporary artists, the New Fringe visual arts group provides help and encouragement for the visual arts, as well as offer participative, open exhibitions outside the region. Apply for membership on their website for just £5.

The Point are running  #pointFEST on 25th May, promising creative hands on activities for everyone.

Helm is a coworking office space where a community of creatives meet, work and collaborate together to help businesses, running workshops on the last Tuesday of the month.


Writing and poetry.

Hive Young Writers Group gives 14 -19 a great weekly meet up to show their work with a supportive young team as well as make new friends. There’s also a Saturday poetry group for 16 -25 year olds.

Queens Poetry Slam is  on 14th May. This is a rare moment when hip hop and culture collide in spectacular fashion, with a collection of local spoken word and runs every SECOND Tuesday of the month.


Donco Happenings.

On the 13th of May from 10.00am -12pm I will  be hosting the monthly Creativity & Commerce networking event, which will be keeping creative minds up to date with everything cultural in our community.

We also have the weekly Mama Wheatley’s Craft Club  every Monday from 6.30pm – 8.30pm who are currently working on Doncaster’s biggest yarn Bomb. Contact their facebook page to get in touch.

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  1. Terry Chipp

    Good to see the arts in Doncaster being promoted. Surprised that there is no mention of things happening at Church View. 4 artists’ studios, 3 gallery spaces including a newly opened ‘Long Gallery’ and a current exhibition, COLOUR and LINE showing over 70 pieces of work of 5 Doncaster abstract artists. These include 3 C-View residents, David Williams, Maia Weerdmeester and Terry Chipp plus 2 newcomers to the Doncaster art scene, Polish artists Katarzyna Szulc and Cezary Barnaba Gruzewski. The exhibition is still on until 19th May. Open 12-4 each day. Other times by arrangement. Please drop by.

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