Passion for the Planet

By Tony Earnshaw

An immersive, promenade performance for adults and children about ecological sustainability and care, full of silliness, music, song, dance and puppetry.

“Pure joy pouring out from the whole show…” – audience member.

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About the show

Passion for the Planet is a site-specific promenade performance for adults and children of all ages.

It explores the crucial themes of ecological sustainability and care – care for the Earth and all its guests, care for self, care for others.

The show is an immersive theatrical journey combining music, song, dance, mask, puppetry, storytelling and multi-media installations.

Our aim? To deliver a deeper understanding of the issues alongside audience enjoyment via truly accessible local theatre.

Reviews from the original 2021 production in Gateshead:

“Hugely moving… I was occasionally on the edge of tears…”

“Demonstrating… the gravity and urgency of the ecological and creation themes…”

“Pure joy pouring out from the whole show…”

Passion for the Planet poster

Production images

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Photos by Chris de Wilde.

Community involvement

For the original 2021 production, during the weeks before the performance we worked with local primary schools and support organisations to:
• develop the performance themes
• create scenery, costume, masks, puppetry and installations for the production

By developing projects with a strong emphasis on community involvement, we encourage people to reach outside their existing context and explore diverse approaches to life. Further, we create a network of interpersonal relationships, inter-organisational connections, social cohesion and teamwork.

We also always aim to deliver transforming benefit, during the duration of our projects and as a lasting legacy thereafter.

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The Damn Cheek team for Passion for the Planet is headed by Artistic Director Darren Cheek and writer and company co-founder Tony Earnshaw along with Designer Chris de Wilde plus actors, musicians, stage management, and audio-description/BSL interpretation staff drawn from the existing team of Damn Cheek associates.

The full team for the 2021 Gateshead production is below, along with our generous funders and partners.

Find out more about the original Gateshead production in summer 2021

Mahsa Hammat Bahary


Mahsa Hammat Bahary

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Abby Black

Trainee Director

Abby Black

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Tony Earnshaw


Tony Earnshaw

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Laurence Saunders


Laurence Saunders

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Paul Batten

Production Mgr & Design Consultant

Paul Batten

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Darren Cheek

Artistic Director

Darren Cheek

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Eloise Kay


Eloise Kay

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Izzy Sorby

Early Years Schools Facilitator

Izzy Sorby

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We were delighted to be supported in the project by our vibrant and inspiring Steering Committee, a multi-talented core team of professionals from diverse beliefs, local churches, organisations and institutions, including:

Age UK Gateshead logo
The Auckland Project
Brandling Primary School
Gateshead Council
Newcastle College
North East Religious Resources Centre

We were also hugely grateful for the funding support we received for Passion for the Planet, including from:

Arts Council England Lottery Funded logo
Westhill logo
Bluestone Collaborative

The Gladiator Trust

Want to book Passion for the Planet?

Want to book us to perform Passion for the Planet in your area?

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Contact Darren asap for a quick informal chat on 07956 891 110.