Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
0191 277 8877
Sculptor Michael Lyons (who studied at Newcastle University in the late 1960s) has gone on to gain international recognition in the world of art. This new exhibition, and certainly a highlight in terms of cultural events in the North East, will explore machinery and mythology as two of the key themes which endure in his work. Sure to get your cogs whirring.
THERE’S SOMEONE COMING THROUGH
The Royalty Theatre, Sunderland
0191 908 5683
This hilarious play tells the story of Neville Vaughan, who was once a respected physic, but a fall from grace has reduced him to backstreet gigs. He owes the taxman thousands, his ex-wife is taking him to the cleaners and then there’s that whole saga with the Puerto Rican bell boy… Expect laughs.
Gateshead International Stadium
0191 433 5700
Arguably one of the most exciting cultural events in the North East, the Brit Award-winners, holders of five platinum-certified albums and all-round supergroup will be bringing their inimitable (little) mix of pop, RnB and dance to Gateshead Stadium. There’s nothing little about this band – these girls are huge!
FUTURE ENGINEERS: AARDMAN WORKSHOPS
Live Theatre, Newcastle
0191 232 1232
Calling all budding engineers, artists, model-makers and… Wallace and Gromit fans? Build up more than your hopes at these hands-on workshops and ‘claystation’ sessions, which will take you behind lens of Aardman Animations (makers of Early Man and Chicken Run). Workshops start on Thursday and will run until 25th August.
SOUTH TYNESIDE COMEDY FESTIVAL 2018
Customs House, South Shields
0191 454 1234
There’ll be all smiles in South Shields, as the South Tyneside Comedy Festival returns for another year – stocked with laughs, filled with some of the brightest comedic talent in the country and one of the biggest cultural events in the North East. Mock The Week panellist Gary Delaney kicks off the nine-day festivities on Friday.