Each week we bring you the pick of the region’s best cultural events. This week, a chance to dance to Moz, a jamboree of art and theatre in Darlington, two ends of the stage spectrum, one of LA’s finest alt-rock band, and much much more!
Monday 23rd March
STAGE Confirmation @ Northern Stage, Newcastle
Imagined as an attempt to achieve an honourable dialogue about the issue of political extremism, Confirmation looks at how we believe what we believe and how we can end up at polar opposite ends. The production uses research into “confirmation theory” to explore these concepts, encouraging the audience to think about their own political stances and how we have each reached certain conclusions about the world. Brought to us by Chris Thorpe and Rachel Chakvin, the multi-Fringe First Award winning team, Confirmation should prove to be a highly thought-provoking start to the week.
Tuesday 24th March
STAGE Improv Montage @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle
If you need to relax a bit after all that Monday evening brain-training then Improv Montage will probably help reset your brain with its potential for chaos and completely off-the-wall attitude to performance. Whereas Confirmation is a highly thought-out and intensely researched piece, Improv Montage is exactly the opposite. In a nutshell, it’s two men performing completely off the cuff work for 50 minutes. Don’t go in with too many expectations, but the duo are masters of improv and it’s likely to be a hilarious counterpoint to the political notions of Monday’s events.
Wednesday 25th March
MUSIC Warpaint @ Sage Gateshead
Supported by The Garden, all-female alt-rock band Warpaint are making their way to Tyneside to delight their legions of fans with songs from their two studio albums. The LA outfit are known for their psychedelic and languid approach to playing live, with their songs often bending into weird and wonderful sonic shapes during extended play-throughs and improvised mid-set sessions. If you like your rock with a touch of the experimental, with some hints of pop sensibilities peeking through the surface, then they’re a band not to be missed.
Thursday 26th March
ART AND LIT Jabberwocky Market @ Various Locations, Darlington
Darlington is blessed with a lot of small, intimate venues that are perfect for housing some superbly crafted small shows. Aside from some big-name shows coming to town, from the 26th, including the hilarious-looking Gloriator and Lorraine and Alan, there’s also a wide variety of panel discussions on various topics, scratch nights and some interactive fun for all the family. Across four days the Jabberwocky Market is set to shine a light on Darlington’s strong cultural heritage.
Friday 27th March
MUSIC Popklubb Morrissey Special @ St. Dominic’s, Newcastle
Think what you like about Moz, there’s no denying that the man has been behind some of the best indie tunes of the past thirty years. From his work with The Smiths to his solo career, Morrissey has produced a raft of legendary songs, which is why Popklubb are honouring him with a special club night. Expect to hear Moz’s voice drifting across the room frequently, but also a tasty selection of tunes from bands and artists who have been influenced by the former Smiths man. They’ll even throw in some of the best contemporary indie-pop in there, just to keep the Morrissey sceptics happy!
Saturday 28th March
COMEDY Jimmy Carr @ Middlesbrough Town Hall
The man behind 8 Out of 10 Cats, and its equally funny spin-off 8 Out 10 Cats Does Countdown, is coming to Teesside to present more of his Funny Business. It’s guaranteed to be full of laughs, and maybe just a bit rude and crude, but what can we expect from one of TV’s biggest personalities? Carr is charismatic and hilarious in equal measure and don’t worry if you can’t get a ticket for this show; he’s playing another in August, giving you another chance to catch him in the act.
Sunday 29th March
FILM Short Film Night @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Short films are sort of in vogue at the minute and are having something of a Renaissance in the region; with Sunderland Shorts happening in a few months and both the Tyneside and the Star and Shadow hosting short film nights from across the world, now is a good time to be making sub-20 movies. This rather special night at the Tyneside celebrates some of our region’s very own talented directors and their works; it’s sure to be a brilliant mix and a real treat for film-lovers.