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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 captivating theatre, music workshops, inventive rap, a documentary about a revered film maker, and much, much more…

Monday 30th May
MUSIC Takeover Festival @ Customs House, South Shields
South Tyneside’s much-loved Customs House will be coming under new management during Half Term week, with a special run of events curated by 10-25 year olds. The Takeover Festival will see a host of culture loving young people in charge of programming and running workshops. Beginning on Monday 30th May, the first day will have a musical theme, with songwriting workshops and lots of live music to enjoy.

Tuesday 31st May
MUSIC Open Mike Eagle @ Empty Shop, Durham
Michael Eagle is a very busy man, a quintessential modern creative, he raps, he podcasts, he hosts a regular comedy night, but mainly he raps. His breakthrough 4th solo album Dark Comedy (2014) made multiple year-end critics lists including in Rolling Stone and remains one of the best rap releases this century. There’s a rare chance to see him at Empty Shop on Tuesday.

Wednesday 1st June
STAGE Preggers @ Live Theatre, Newcastle
Award-winning theatre-maker Amy Golding has had her work seen all over the world, and her role as Artistic Director of Curious Monkey has allowed her to tell real stories from real people. She’s now making her own story, and Preggers is at Live Theatre, Newcastle on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd June. Following the story of motherhood and all it entails, the play looks at what it means to women now and what it meant to women of previous generations too.

Thursday 2nd June
STAGE Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle
Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone is an investigation into what happens when we discover that our parents are flawed human beings, and that at some point, sooner than we think, they are suddenly going to disappear from our lives. This play is an intimate and funny exploration of mother and daughter relationships, two male actors explore the fascinating relationship dynamic of a thirty-something daughter and her ageing mother.

Friday 3rd June
FILM Versus: The Life And Films Of Ken Loach @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Ken Loach has long been one of the most vital voices working in British Cinema (with such classics as The Wind That Shakes the Barley and Kes under his belt). This candid documentary gives a funny, provocative and revealing account of his life and career as he turns eighty and looks back at over fifty years of film making and the future.
Featuring interviews his friends and collaborators including Cillian Murphy, Melvyn Bragg, Sheila Hancock and Ricky Tomlinson, the film looks at the career of this this celebrated filmmaker as he prepares to release the film that is set to make another big splash and prove he’s just as vital as ever, I, Daniel Blake.

Saturday 4th June
MUSIC NARC. in the Park @ Palace Of Arts, Newcastle
Entitled NARC. In The Park, we’re pulling together line-ups featuring the cream of the North East crop, with the first event on Saturday 4th June featuring Northern funk behemoths Smoove & Turrell, indie rock joy of Street Party In Soho, luscious synth pop from Fractions and electronic collective Grey Tapes.

Sunday 5th June
COMEDY Nick Helm @ Seen, Darlington
Nick Helm comes to Darlington to deliver truths about life, love and more, and all in his own very unique style. The comedian is a force to be reckoned with, and is a total one-off, his energy is something very special on stage, and there won’t be many more chances to catch him now before he gets even bigger.

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