ART & EXHIBITIONS
UNTIL 15 JUNE
PORTRAITS FROM THE NORTH EAST
St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle
For the past eighteen months a collective of photographers based in and around Durham have been photographing local people for this extensive exhibition. The subjects include Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Kate Adie and Sir Thomas Allen from Durham University.
UNTIL 5 JULY
Old School Gallery, Alnmouth
Ken Spencer’s stunning paintings capture our local landscape in all its splendor. The Cheviots, College Valley and the River Aln are just some of the breathtaking views captured in these works.
Until 10 JULY
University Gallery, Newcastle
0191 227 4424
This exhibition will showcase the work of South African artist and anti-Apartheid campaigner Albert Adams and will show some of his most startling and moving images.
Until 11 JULY
BEATRIZ OLABARRIETA: PLOT BUNNY
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
0191 561 8487
Spanish-born Beatriz Olabarrieta will be exploring the language of objects with a series of site-specific sculptures which draw on art, architecture, theatre and television.
Until 12 JULY
MIKHAIL KARIKIS – THE ENDEAVOUR
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
0845 217 9909
This video and sound installation at the Tyneside Cinema captures the North East’s industrial past, forgotten trades and dialects and offers a lyrical homage to historical protest and resistance.
Until 1 NOVEMBER
GAME ON 2.0
Centre for Life, Newcastle
0191 243 8210
Explore the vibrant history of videogames, with a huge collection of playable retro consoles, arcade games and modern tech.
JOHN SCOTT, SEYMOUR MACE & GAVIN WEBSTER
The Stand, Newcastle, 8.30pm
0191 300 9700
Three of the North East’s best-loved comedians try out material ahead of their Edinburgh Fringe shows.
HOW NOW MRS BROWN COW
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
0844 493 6666
The Bafta Award-winning comedy written and performed by Brendan O’Carroll hits the road again. Come along to see the nation’s favourite show live and loud.
ARC, Stockton, 7.30pm
One of the hosts of BBC1’s Live at the Apollo is noted for his natural gift for storytelling and his razor-sharp wit.
0300 026 6600
The award-winning comedian and star of Twenty Twelve is back in the UK after touring across Australia and New Zealand. Known for her observational comedy and out of the box thinking, Sara never fails to impress.
PAUL MERTON’S IMPRO CHUMS
0300 026 6600
After selling out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe for many years Paul Merton takes his unique style of improvisation comedy on the road. As well as Paul himself, the show features many of the original stars of the hit comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway.
EVENTS & SPORT
CROSSING THE TEES
Venues across Teeside
Now in its second year, the Crossing The Tees festival has expanded to include literature and film. As well as film screenings, author events, exhibitions and performances, there will also be writing workshops with local authors.
THE BLAYDON RACE
On your marks, get set, go... to Newcastle’s famous running event. Challenge yourself with a 5.7-mile race from Newcastle to Blaydon and join the thousands of other runners who take part annually.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Oscar Wilde’s satire on Victorian manners is outrageous, hilarious and delightful. This new production sees David Suchet (everybody’s favourite Poirot) in drag as the formidable Lady Bracknell.
0844 811 2121
Darlington Civic Theatre
The rudest puppet show musical in the world returns to the North East for five nights in Darlo.
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
0844 871 3022
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the hilarious comedy about rival conmen on the French Riviera, comes direct to Sunderland after a year in the West End. It features a host of famous faces including local favourite Mark Benton.
THE VICAR OF DIBLEY
PLAYHOUSE Whitley Bay
0844 248 1588
Whitley Bay Theatre Company present their version of the hit sitcom made famous by Dawn French.
APRIL IN PARIS
We’ve all been there – your relationship is in a rut and there is no easy way out. When Al and Bet win a romantic trip away to Paris will it make or break them?