What's On This Week
Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that it isn’t the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers.
Living Beyond Limits showcases works from the Middlesbrough Collection by artists whose life or work deviate from long-held norms around gender and sexuality. However, in this context, the modern idea of ‘queerness’ is more than an identity marker; the focus of this show is political and activist, including themes around racism, sexism and class inequalities as well as sexuality.
Centre for Life’s outdoor ice rink has become a stalwart of the festive landscape in Newcastle, and returns for this year’s holiday season with the perfect space for a spot of wintery fun with friends and family. Open every day until the end of February, Life also hosts special Friday Night, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve skate events with local, up-and-coming DJs bringing the party to the ice – sounds cool to us.
Breathing isn’t just a bodily function, and this exhibition at Palace Green Library explores the full range of expression the mere function of breathing allows – speaking, laughing, singing, connecting us to the outside world and reflecting our state of mind. Breath has inspired (no pun intended) art and literature for hundreds of years – go along to this exhibition and discover why.
This innovative display celebrates the timeless aspects of everyday life – inviting social comparisons between historic paintings from The Bowes Museum’s still life collection and modern-age photographs of the local Barnard Castle market. Evoking a strong sense of place and community, don’t miss this chance to delve into the personal stories of our local ancestors, captured in the same streets and buildings we live and work in today.
Get your family Christmas crafting in contemporary art gallery BALTIC’s Winter Woodland this year, held every Saturday and Sunday in December. Children of all ages can get creative making tree decorations (theirs to take home and treasure) and merrily play with the resident wood elves, before enjoying a 12 Days of Christmas sing-along and settling down with hot chocolate and marshmallows – leaving the elves to do all the gift-giving.
What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by learning all about the mystical Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights – that sensational display of natural lights that illuminate the northern skies in a myriad of dancing colours which have inspired fairy tales and folklore for millennia, shaping communities and religious beliefs in the process. Head to Kielder Observatory between 24th November–29th December and discover them for yourself – we’d recommend booking in advance, as these nights are sure to be popular.
Discover seasonal sights, sounds, smells and all of the delicious tastes of Christmases past as Beamish Museum opens its doors to invite young and old to join in the festive celebrations between 17th November–24th December. Visit Father Christmas and his friendly reindeer in their cosy grotto, go for a spin in the Winter Fun Fair (where you can take to the ice on the real ice rink) and find some charming gifts for your secret Santa at the Beamish Bazaar.
Sharp material and quick wits have seen Danny firmly establish himself as one of the country’s premier comics. Highly sought after on any circuit bill, he’s joined by legendary comedy veteran, actor and cultural commentator Jeff for what we’re sure will be a sensational night of stand up.
The Mariners are enjoyed a strong start to their season so far, and will be looking to go into the Christmas break with a valuable win over league rivals Stalybridge. There’s hardly anything to separate them in the table, but who will come out on top?