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Five Things To Do This Week

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From sensational singer-songwriters to wickedly funny wizardry, here's our pick of what to do and where to go this week

SOFIA WOLFSON
17th January, Surf Café, Tynemouth
Brought up on 1960s folk and rock music, LA-based singer-songwriter Sofia Wolfson started playing guitar at six years old, wrote her first song at aged nine and, by the age of 13, played her first gig. Now at the tender age of 20, she already sees herself as a performing veteran – which means she’s sure to impress at Tynemouth’s Surf Café this Friday. 

SPONTANEOUS POTTER
18th January, Durham Gala Theatre 
If you’re a fan of wickedly funny wizardry, then look no further than Durham’s Gala Theatre this Saturday, as entirely improvised Harry Potter play, Spontaneous Potter, comes to town. Based on a suggestion of a fan fiction title, with live musical accompaniment, this comedic cracker was a smash-hit at 2018’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is unbeatably clever.

LOUISE PLANT: ‘REGATTA’
18th January, Middleton Lodge, Richmond
Award-winning Royal Society of Sculptors Fellow Louise Plant’s artwork is held in collections around the world, but it will be at Middleton Lodge in Richmond that her latest series of sculptures and drawings will be exhibited this week. Inspired by a fascination with water, Louise’s pieces all contrast the rigidity of stone with the fluidity of water, and are anything but static – creating the sense of swirling through an artistic vortex as you move through the exhibition.

THE WIZARD OF OZ
15th January, Theatre Royal, Wakefield 
Come Out, Come Out this Wednesday and, if you Follow The Yellow Brick Road all the way to Wakefield’s Theatre Royal, prepare to be transported Over The Rainbow into a world of dazzling adventure, as Ballet Theatre brings L Frank Baum’s iconic tale, The Wizard Of Oz, to life in sensational fashion. Set to a classical score, this family-friendly, ballet adaptation promises to be so good, you won’t even think of Home Sweet Home. 

I’M SORRY I HAVEN’T A CLUE
14th January, Sheffield City Hall
BBC Radio’s self-styled ‘antidote to panel games’ has won its fair share of awards already, but we think the biggest testament to its success is its incredibly popular live shows, which keep audiences coming back for more. So head along to Sheffield’s City Hall this Tuesday and join Tim Brooke-Taylor, Tony Hawks, Miles Jupp, Rory Bremner and host Jack Dee for an unmissable evening of what can only be described as inspired nonsense – you won’t regret it. 

Published in: January 2020

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