What’s On Next Week! (w/c 5.3.17)

Posted on February 27th 2017 by Whats on Northeast

If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…

Monday 5th March
Beyond the Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland @ Berwick Visual Arts

It’s been a bit of a turbulent time in Scotland since the referendum over independence in 2014. One general election and an EU referendum later and Scotland remains at the heart of international politics, mostly due to its increasingly shaky relationship with the rest of the United Kingdom. So there couldn’t really be a better time to take a look at shifting Scottish identity through an artistic lens, and Beyond the Border, a new exhibition at Berwick’s Granary Gallery that runs until 14th May, delivers. Sophie Gerrard, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert and Colin McPherson are all presenting stunning photographs that give an insight into Scottish life, as well as the Scottish mind. It’ll challenge a few clichés and explore the land in equal measure.

Tuesday 6th March
Bridget Christie: Because You Demanded It @ The Stand, Newcastle

The people of Britain have voted to leave the European Union. There’s people who voted to remain who feel exasperated, there’s people who voted to leave who have since changed their minds and there’s those who think the whole process just isn’t going fast enough. All of this has really affected comedian Bridget Christie, who’s decided to dedicate pretty much the whole of her latest stand up show to the whole issue of Brexit. If that all sounds a bit too heavy though, rest assured: the show went down a storm at the Edinburgh Fringe and has been delighting audiences on both sides of the political spectrum. Whether you voted in or out, you’ll still find Bridget’s take on the whole thing hilarious.

Wednesday 7th March
Pericles: All At Sea @ Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

Pericles, Prince of Tyre might not be one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, but it’s certainly one of his most relevant to today’s society. This tale, inspired by Shakespeare’s fantastical play about shipwreck, love, loss and redemption, focuses on Marina, who was abandoned by her father Pericles a few hours after her birth. He fled his country after provoking the anger of a ruler more powerful than himself, but in an extraordinary series of events they scurry around the Mediterranean and are eventually brought back together. Some deep and thought-provoking contemporary affairs will be brought to life by two storytellers, making you wonder how a 400 year old story could be so relevant today.

Thursday 8th March
Million Dollar Quartet @ Theatre Royal Newcastle

It’s 4th December, 1956. At Sun Records in Memphis, four of the greatest rock’n’rollers of all time gather together for one legendary night. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins get together for one of the greatest jam sessions ever, and in Million Dollar Quartet, the audience get to experience what it might have been like that very night. Featuring hit songs such as Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, That’s All Right, Sixteen Tons, Great Balls of Fire and many, many more, this is one experience that’s truly unmissable. And unlike the original event, you can experience this million dollar quartet for more than one night, as it runs from 6th March until 11th March!

Friday 9th March
Little Shop of Horrors @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle

Following on from the success of ‘The Pirates of Penzance,’ ‘Sweeney Todd’ and more recently ‘Oklahoma’, Tyne Theatre Productions are back and this time they’re feeding us a huge slab of affectionate 50’s spoofing with the ever-popular Little Shop of Horrors. In it, a down and out skid row floral assistant accidentally becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant. Unfortunately, his discovery also happens to have an insatiable taste for blood! How will he stop Audrey II’s murderous rampage and quest for world domination? Charming, funny and of course tuneful, Little Shop of Horrors is a classic you won’t want to miss!

Saturday 10th March
Disabled Access Day @ Great North Museum, Segedunum Roman Fort, Discovery Museum, Locomotion

Across the weekend, events are taking place to help people with a range of disabilities access and enjoy a variety of museums and heritage sites. Many of Tyne & Wear Museum and Archives’ venues are taking part, ensuring that people can access their exhibitions and collections without fear. Whether it’s physically gaining access to the museums themselves, having the noise turned down or having access to a BSL interpreter, different steps are being taken so that everyone can enjoy what’s on offer.

Sunday 11th March
Ellen Kent’s La Bohème@ Sunderland Empire

Ellen Kent returns to the Sunderland Empire this weekend with her brand new production of Puccini’s La Bohème, starring international French soprano Olga Perrier as Musetta and critically acclaimed soprano Ecaterina Danu as Mimi. In the romantic story, Mimi develops a deep love for a penniless writer, but her feelings will eventually lead her to her doom. With a set that reflects the Bohemian art of the period, a brass band, snow effects and even an appearance by Musetta’s dog, Kent is set to stun again with her adaptation of an opera classic.


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