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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 political comedy, atmospheric theatre, a mesmerising documentary, eclectic music and a whole lot more…
Monday 31st October
MUSIC DTCV @ Empty Shop, Durham
If you’re not out trick or treating for Halloween, you’d do well to catch gloriously dark pop outfit DTCV in Durham. The female-fronted psych garage band from California was formed by French musician Lola G. and ex-Guided By Voices talent James Greer. Their music is inventive and captivating, and perfect for a Halloween Monday whether you turn up in fancy dress or not.
Tuesday 1st November
COMEDY Mark Thomas: The Red Shed @ Arc, Stockton
The new show from intelligent, political comic Mark Thomas marks the third part in a trilogy that started with the multi award winning shows Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed. A story of strikes, fights, dinner ladies and commies. There’s pickets and placards in a tale that’s all about remembering. Returning to the place where it all started, a red wooden shed in Wakefield, the labour club, to celebrate its 50th birthday. A mix of theatre, stand-up, journalism, activism and most of all hope, this is a show like no other.
Wednesday 2nd November
STAGE The Rooms @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle
After the huge success that was last year’s The Rooms at Alphabetti Theatre (read our review here), it’s back again, only, it’s not the same show at all, it’s been completely redone with new writers, directors and performers in different rooms so a brand new, exciting watch lies ahead. The atmospheric promenade production will again take place in areas outside the traditional theatre setting, showcasing three of the North East’s most exciting female voices. It’s all set to be a dark and utterly thrilling experience, and even with that huge benchmark set by last year’s successes, The Rooms is set to wow audiences all over again.
Thursday 3rd November
STAGE How To Make A Killing In Bollywood @ Northern Stage, Newcastle
Northumberland Touring Company bring their new production to Northern Stage on Thursday and Friday this week, in a show which follows Scottish actor Raza Khan, who has just been turned down for another role and is forced to face the fact that he might be stuck working in the family takeaway for the rest of his days. Though another option presents itself, as he could take the plunge and reach for the stars in Bollywood. With a typically bombastic soundtrack and sharp writing, a glimpse into this world is a welcome one.
Friday 4th November
FILM NG83: When We Were B Boys @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Luke Scott’s documentary about the Nottingham Hip-Hop/B-Boy scene of the 1980s is set to be a wonderful watch this week, with Tyneside Cinema hosting the film alongside a Q&A and a chance to (safely) break out your breakdancing skills at the after party in the Tyneside Bar Café. Between 1980 and 1987 Nottingham’s Rock city was home to the breakdancing crews of the city who flocked to the venue’s breakdancing event, along with crews from all around the UK, and the vibrant scene is captured with real passion in mesmerising film.
Saturday 5th November
MUSIC Against The Grain Presents: Waskerley Way, Sheep @ The Old Police House, Gateshead
For something a little different with your Bonfire Night, here’s another reason to remember the 5th November. The DIY promotion collective of Massa Confusa’s Ally Morton and Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska’s Chris Watson, Against The Grain brings a uniquely eclectic bill to Gateshead with experimental electronics from Waskerley Way, the anti-pop of Sheep, spoken word punk from The Eagertongue, quirky Old Police House resident SW1n-Hunter, the dark soundscapes of Stealing Kittens.
Sunday 6th November
COMEDY Barking Tales @ The Stand, Newcastle
Comedy with a purpose rounds out the week, as the whimsical and brilliantly silly Harriet Dyer uses comedy and storytelling to shine a light on mental health. The show has proved a huge success wherever it’s been, and this month welcome star of revered film I, Daniel Blake Dave Johns, who performs alongside Bisha K Ali and Nicola Mantalios-Lovett in an evening held together brilliantly by Dyer herself.