UNTIL 7 MAY
Woodhorn Museum, Ashington
A carpenters’ son from Seaton Sluice who built a ship in Blyth went on to be the first man to make a recorded sighting of Antarctica. Sound outlandish? It’s all true and happened 200 years ago. The seagoer’s name was William Smith and his achievement is celebrated in this exhibition.
THE LAST FIVE YEARS
Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle
0191 261 9125
This cosily bohemian underground theatre hosts the off-Broadway hit that chronicles the five-year life of a modern marriage. Simultaneously fall in and out of love with couple Cathy and Jamie, through an intimate evening of stripped-back song and story-telling.
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
Nordic Voices – the new multi-arts festival for Hexham – brings together string quartet Methera and internationally-acclaimed storyteller Mats Rehnman, for this show that stretches the boundaries of normality in the unification of these two very different art forms.
In his latest show, the Blackburn born comedian of Pakistani descent confronts the assumptions people wrongly make about him – and how he manages his religious beliefs with life in the stand-up world – with hilarious consequences.
Playhouse, Whitley Bay
0844 248 1588
They’ve been called ‘the best blues rock band in the world’ by no less an authority than Blues Rock Review magazine, and these Glaswegian rockers know how to party. Find out for yourself when they play Whitley Bay.