What’s On Next Week! (w/c 3.7.17)

Posted on June 26th 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 3rd July
Jane Eyre @ Theatre Royal Newcastle

Based on Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece, the National Theatre are taking their latest production of Jane Eyre on the road after a critically-acclaimed season. Directed by Sally Cookson and developed in collaboration with Bristol’s Old Vic, it tells the story of Jane in an innovative and dynamic way. As our heroine searches for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms, Jane must fight against poverty, injustice and utter betrayal before she can truly follow her own heart. This bold new spin will keep fans of the novel and newcomers to the tale equally enthralled.

Tuesday 4th July
Combustion @ Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

It’s Bradford, and it’s the month of Ramadan. Against the backdrop of a grooming scandal, garage mechanic Shaz is desperately trying to keep his business running so that he can marry well. Meanwhile, his sister Samina is determined to make her voice heard, even in this combustible atmosphere. Bradford-born playwright Asif Khan’s new work (his debut play no less) is set to be a comic, satirical take on what it’s actually like to grow up as a young British Muslim in the North today. It’ll make you laugh, but it’ll also make you think about issues of race, religion and identity in the modern age.

Wednesday 5th July
Rory Bremner: Partly Political @ The Maltings, Berwick

The current political times are chaotic, and you’d think they wouldn’t be at all easy to satirise. But step forward one of Britain’s most legendary satirists and impressionists, Rory Bremner. Don’t let the title of his brand new show fool you – this one is nothing but politics, as Rory attempts to make sense of Brexit, Trump and everything in-between. Get ready to try and spot which faces and voices you can recognise as he prepares to pull everything out of the bag. But can he pull off the impossible and present the perfect impression of Trump? There’s only one way to find out…

Thursday 6th July
Jane Eyre – Open Air Theatre @ Middleton Lodge

Yes, it’s a second dose of the Charlotte Bronte classic, but this one’s got a twist! If you want a change from sitting in a darkened theatre, especially on these warm summer evenings, then Middleton Lodge have you covered. Bring your deck chairs and travel rugs along for an evening of open air theatre magic, as we follow the story of Jane as she finds herself working as a governess at a mansion owned by the dark yet fascinating Mr Rochester. Outside a Georgian country mansion is the perfect setting!

Friday 7th July
Portraits From The North East @ Arts Centre Washington

In 2013 a group of documentary photographers from the Durham area got together to form Portraits From The North East, a project that would see them photographing 100 people of significance from across the region. The travelling exhibition now comes to Arts Centre Washington until 12th August, and will highlight their work in capturing North East life in a simple but highly effective manner. The group are currently working on documenting craftspeople living and working in the region, including glassblowers, blacksmiths, makers of musical instruments and many, many more. These images will be on display to show off just some of the work being undertaken by the myriad of craftspeople in the area, giving a fascinating insight into the skill the region has on offer.

Saturday 8th July
LEGO Exhibition @ Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum

For well over 50 years, LEGO has been at the forefront of the toy industry, and even today its simple yet imaginative design captures the hearts of both adults and children alike. This new exhibition at the Head of Steam Museum in Darlington, which runs until 3rd September, is set to celebrate the little bricks and give just a small taster of what can possibly be achieved with the construction toys. Whether you’re a LEGO enthusiast or just want to see the artistic and architectural feats that can be achieved by placing a few of the little bricks together, then the Head of Steam is the place to be.

Sunday 9th July
Jeremy Deller: The Battle of Orgreave @ Woodhorn Museum

An exhibition surrounding contemporary artist Jeremy Deller’s work ‘The Battle Of Orgreave (An Injury To One Is An Injury To All),’ which featured almost 1000 people re-enacting one of the most vicious conflicts of the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike, has been on display at Woodhorn since March. Its final day is on 9th July though, so if you haven’t already been able to see the exhibition, which is just as tied to Woodhorn’s own mining heritage as it is the contemporary art scene, then you’ve only got one week left to do it!

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