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THE ZOETROPE

Making use of the unique architecture of the Newcastle Civic Centre, the building’s iconic drum is transformed into a shimmering, pulsing zoetrope, spinning on its axis and powered by the ringing carillon tower. As if conjured by the Tyne waters and the River God Tyne himself, water and energy surge down the tower, setting the great zoetrope spinning. 

 

 From the electric lights of The Lit and Phil Society to the vast pulsing steam turbine of Charles Parsons, the vibrant Hoppings and the fiery Davy lamp, stories from North of the Tyne ebb and flow in a whirl of kinetic movement. The soundtrack also includes excerpts of original pieces composed and played on the Newcastle Carillon by Jonathan Bradley.