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Monday 20th June
STAGE The End Of The Pier @ Memorial Hall, Wallsend
A new dark comedy is set for a tour around some of the region’s best theatre venues, as the Cloud 9 Theatre produced The End Of The Pier takes off around the North East from Monday. Award-winning Washington playwright Neil Armstrong has penned the comedy thriller set in an Edwardian theatre, with the plot revolving around a married couple and double-act, who have intentions to kill each other. The play also takes in North Shields, Washington, Hartlepool and Durham later in the week.

Tuesday 21st June
FILM Chris Watson – The Town Moor: A Portrait In Sound @ Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Newcastle
Tuesday gives the chance to visit one of the most unique events on offer all year, with a sound installation by Chris Watson; one of the world’s most esteemed and successful wildlife sound recordists. The exhibition gives you the chance to discover the importance of sound within the cinematic experience. Watson documented one year in the life of the Town Moor, capturing the sounds, birds, beasts and people in the ‘green lungs’ of the city; it all makes for an immersive sound work, and a ‘dark’ cinema experience.

Wednesday 22nd June
ART & LIT The Caravan Gallery: Sunderland Pride Of Place Project Book Launch @ NGCA, Sunderland
After a very successful Pride Of Place Project in Sunderland last year, The Caravan Gallery artists Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale have returned to the North East to launch their Sunderland Pride Of Place Project book. Celebrating all things Wearside, it commemorates the massive array of artwork and contributions local people provided for an exhibition about their city. The Sunderland Pride Of Place Project book itself is a celebratory documentation of what was seen as a massively successful project for the city and acknowledges the fantastic public response. The 122 page lavishly illustrated book is launched on Wednesday.

Thursday 23rd June
MUSIC CW Stoneking @ Cluny, Newcastle
A larger-than-life stage presence and immensely quirky persona make CW Stoneking one of the most original musicians around. He draws influences from old calypso, early rock ’n’ roll, ’60s girl groups, late-’50s R’n’B and gospel, among many others. His lyrics are colourful and sometimes fanciful, but they’re underpinned by personal experience, and all make for a gig that’s going to be something very memorable.

Friday 24th June
COMEDY Joby Mageean / Cal Halbert Preview @ True Coffeehouse, Newcastle
As we approach August’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we get the chance to see some of the best stand-up comedians around perform work in progress versions of their shows as they hone what will hopefully be a show that’ll really wow audiences at the world’s biggest arts festival. Friday gives a chance to see impressionist Cal Halbert and local favourite Joby Mageean preview both their shows at the delightfully intimate True Coffeehouse as part of the gloriously fun Mr Shindig’s night.

Saturday 25th June
MUSIC The Kar-Pets Charity Gig @ Cluny 2, Newcastle
Why not make your Saturday night out one for a very good cause and have a bit of an indie dance too? Inspiral Carpets singer Tom Hingley has only gone and started his very own tribute band – to Inspiral Carpets. The gig is in aid of local autism cause Inspiring Events CIC. The cause raises money to put on groups and clubs for people on the autism spectrum – these opportunities plug the gaps left by government cuts.  The Kar-Pets are playing with support from The Madchester Sound System DJs, Tom Mouse Smith, Bob Douglas and One Eyed Jack. This is going to be an unmissable opportunity to get up close and personal with a true Madchester legend.

Sunday 26th June
FILM Amélie @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Friday, Saturday and Sunday sees screenings of quite simply one of the most beautiful films of all time come to Tyneside Cinema. After a few weeks where the world seems to have lost its tenderness, there are few films which could reaffirm faith in humanity like Amélie. Screening as part of Passport To Cinema season, the French classic features a stand-out performance from Audrey Tautou, as the eponymous Amélie, in search for the recipe for true love and the way to help others find happiness.  It’s heart-swelling cinema at its very best.

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