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Stuck for something to do in the next seven days? We aim to have you covered with an event a day for the next week, all across the region. This time around we have quirky folk music, football-based comedy, an award-winning musical, inventive theatre and more…

Monday 23rd May
MUSIC The Burning Hell @ MIMA, Middlesbrough
MIMA are taking their first tentative steps in putting on music gigs this week, and they couldn’t start this venture or this week any better. The Burning Hell bring their quirky, twisted introspective folk to the arts venue, with support from local favourites and fellow purveyors of a folk-inspired sound, Dressed Like Wolves.

Tuesday 25th May
COMEDY The Footbaaaaall Show @ The Stand, Newcastle
Join Gavin Webster and Lee Kyle for a topical show centred all around North East football. You can expect lots of laughs as they lampoon our region’s clubs, alongside anecdotes, a quiz and a healthy dose of nostalgia too. There’s always great football legends on the show, so this is a must for anyone with a passion for football and comedy.

Wednesday 25th May
STAGE Made Up @ ARC, Stockton
Set in a Winnebago on a film set, Made Up is the story of the relationship between Kate, a young film star, and her make-up artist, Sue. Their time together in the make-up trailer develops into a special relationship for the pair, as the two flawed but sincere characters begin to reveal their depth. The new play from Birmingham’s internationally acclaimed Stan’s Café is about to embark on a tour of the North East, and their date at ARC should set it up nicely.

Thursday 26th May
STAGE Petrification @ Live Theatre, Newcastle
An engaging, innovative and immensely captivating script brings to life the atmosphere of a booze-fuelled night out at the pub. It follows Simon and Sean, with the former returning home from London to find Sean in a relationship with a man named Aidan. There’s conflict as the two find more about the people they’ve became, and Aidan tries to desperately be part of the family. A night out in Gateshead sees them searching for common ground, but arguments follow via darts and pints, as past and present collide in the search for truth.

Friday 27th May
STAGE American Idiot @ Sunderland Empire
The award-winning musical based on the massively successful concept album from punk rock band Green Day is out on tour again. This time the cast welcomes in Newton Faulkner and Amelia Lily for a show filled with great songs, and layered with politics, intelligent lyrics and some bombastic music.

Saturday 28th May
ART & LIT Transparent @ Newbridge Project Space, Newcastle
A new collaborative exhibition from Polish artists Konrad Smoleński and Honza Zamojski is set to come to NewBridge Project Space, as multimedia installation and performance piece Transparent runs there from Saturday. Taking risks, the two artists utilise their individual artistic languages to create a fusion; two different set-ups of relations – one based on exchange and order, the other on chaos.

Sunday 29th May
MUSIC The Nightingales @ Cluny 2, Newcastle
Having reformed around a decade ago, The Nightingales didn’t get back together as a nostalgia punk act, they had a goal to return current, confrontational, uncompromising and totally vital. They’ve manager to do just that, with a tour now following. There’s even support from Stewart Lee favourite Ted Chippington to make for a very special night.

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