I write because I worship it and it keeps me sane. I’m always trying to experiment and will give anything a crack. I write for myself but it is wonderful when other people like it.

Resident writer for the night, Stavros wrote about PUG3 and performed his text live. He has kindly given us permission to publish this writing here. 


Hi my name is Stavros, I just thought I’d write something to let you all know,
about this little show, called PUG. – Let’s take this back to July 2016.
So we can gaze upon a little slice of history, when Hanna, Rosa and Jamie
wondered, what a radical new performance night in Newcastle, should really be.
They had asked a so-called expert, who just got really flustered, so they went to
Leazes Park and asked a fisherman, who really cut the mustard. “Cheap. Good transport links.
Fun.” This is my poetic take on how it all begun.

So with this invaluable information, they made this show come alive, acts including
‘Company of others’, a group of dancers, all over the age of 65!

With a show called Echo, exploring how we all arrived, philosophical, remaining topical,
we had Amy Lord dressed as a cat, exploring Bingo, imagine that!

Now then, a brief explanation about me.

I hail from Chilli Studios, a truly wondrous place, a safe space, where those of
us with difficulties, can be expressive and create. Or a coffee and a chinwag, for
regulars or for drop-ins, where I met my artistic friend, and now  co-writer

Who sadly, cried and sobbed, and felt utterly dejected, when King of Fools
Donald Trump, was surprisingly elected.
And Tory austerity, with no interest or passion for arts and culture, vultures
picking at the lean and vulnerable bones of a society.
Nurses, having to visit a food bank, whilst rank and file politicians have nothing new to do or say.
It simply isn’t good enough.

Stavros and Poppins shall write to fight this!!

But hey folks, let’s not get bogged down by politico, let us move swiftly on with this beautiful show.

With ‘Stolen voices’ by Johanna and Rebecca, vivid theatrics, a sonisphere tracking the Eastern Coast of this ancient isle, a deliciously creepy! investigation that made everybody smile!

Let us ponder and digest what you have seen tonight in this room, such as,
‘Where have all the flowers gone’ by choreographer Peter Groom.
A vulnerable experience, that captivated and made everybody swoon.

Or ‘Sexxes’, an exhilarating journey charting adaptive sexual behavior,
in Homo-Sapiens and other animals that we know, titillating and intelligent,
exotic and erotic, what a splendid show!

And now Ladies and Gentlemen! Audiomaniac Jamie will play a soundtrack to the fabric of our lives.


Stavros//Poppins, 14th September 2017


+44 (0) 77577 39643


Space Six, Floor Six, 39 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QE

Workshop: oracular practice | Sat 4th May 2019

Workshop: oracular practice | Sat 4th May 2019

oracular practice workshop facilitated by Last Yearz Interesting Negro

Workshop description 

A space where I try to make an opening in myself to share current questions, concerns and interests through practice that is part of a project towards disentangling myself from assimilationist approaches. Moving from and through and with states of overwhelm, using the density of available sensory and remembered information, our interior worlds stacked with living, subjective data that can be used as tools for divination.

Or, in other words: some dancing with some words and sounds to provoke and encourage.

About Last Yearz Interesting Negro

oracular practice will be facilitated by Last Yearz Interesting Negro, the performance project of London based artist and dancer Jamila Johnson-Small. The choreographies are dreamspaces and battlegrounds, that build atmospheric landscapes through the live unfolding of the tensions between things that produce meaning. Working with dramaturgies of sculpture, electronic music, poetry, video, texture, a public and always dancing, Jamila isn’t so interested in genre and her practice moves across various spaces, contexts and roles, also curating and hosting spaces for conversation and artistic exchange. She collaborates regularly with Alexandrina Hemsley (Project O), Phoebe Collings-James, Fernanda Muñoz-Newome, Shelley Parker and Rowdy SS. Please see more about Last Yearz Interesting Negro here.

When: Saturday 4th May, 11am – 1pm

Where: GIFT Festival, Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Central Library NE8 4LN

Tickets: Free. Space is very limited please register your attendance here. 

Suitability: 16+

Please wear soft comfortable clothing. And bring layers to keep warm.

Travel and Access information here.

Please contact PUG Producer, Rosa at rosa@pugnight.co.uk if you have any questions.

oracular practice workshop is hosted by PUG with support from Gateshead Council Culture Team, GIFT and ACE. Last Yearz Interesting Negro will be performing at PUG#7 as part of GIFT Festival.

PUG will be hosting workshops throughout 2019.


Image: Last Yearz Interesting Negro. Image by Katarzyna Perlak and Carlos Jimenez.

ROSA POSTLETHWAITE | +44 (0) 77577 39643 | info@pugnight.co.uk | Space Six, Floor Six, 39 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QE

All images on PUG website by Chris Bishop www.picturesbybish.com