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If you’re at a loss for what to do this week, look no further. We’ve got your seen days covered with events including two challenging stage productions, a thoughtful and artistic look at climate change, a ground-breaking live soundtrack and much more.

Monday 12th October
ART AND LIT Arctica @ Empty Shop, Durham

Back in 2013, writer and multidisciplinary artist Stevie Ronnie set out on an Arctic Circle international residency programme. Since then, he’s worked on works, including the special commission Arctica, in which he has responded to climate change and the environment through the lens of his unique experiences. As well as talking about the project at this special event for the Durham Book Festival, Ronnie’s project has also been turned into a production by Melanie Rashbrooke, which will be performed on the night. One of the more unique events at this year’s festival, this is a chance to see the culmination of Ronnie’s work on the subject of the arctic circle.

Tuesday 13th October
STAGE Cinema @ Northern Stage, Newcastle

Once again uniting the political and personal with deft, ZENDEH’s production Cinema will be coming to Northern Stage for a three night run this week. It weaves its two major themes together via unconventional means, looking through the eyes of a cat on its own mission for survival in an environment ripped apart by a violent schism in Abadan, Iran. Combining various multimedia elements, including video projections by Matt Jamie, and a provocative score by Mariam Rezaei, Cinema might change your perceptions of modern day Iran but is almost guaranteed to be thought-provoking whatever your views.

Wednesday 14th October
STAGE The Midnight Soup @ Arc, Stockton

In Leo Burtin’s latest production, we’re invited to listen to the monologue of a grandson talking about his late grandmother. It might all seem a bit dark but embedded within the production is a promise that it’ll tackle some big questions about grief and remembrance in a truly touching and respectful way. As time wears on, the monologue becomes more of a passive conversation between the grandson and the audience, asking them to think about the subjects at hand and embrace them. It’ll be as challenging as a vichyssoise but heartwarming as a broth on a cold winter’s night.

Thursday 15th October
COMEDY Nick Helm @ Various Locations

No, comedy maestro Nick Helm won’t be appearing at numerous locations at the same time (that’s beyond even him I think) but he’ll be kicking off his extensive tour of the north on Thursday at Seen, Darlington before performing at Stockton’s Arc and The Witham in Barnard Castle in the coming weeks. Expect a rambling shambles of random musings that might occasionally connect in to some form of punchline. He means it this time too: this is your last chance to see him before he gets really big (promise!)

Friday 16th October
MUSIC Endless Window 7 @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle

If someone asked me to put my hands up if I enjoyed Endless Window’s hosting of Yellow Creatures’ single launch last month then my arms would be stretching to the limit. This month our own Mark Corcoran-Lettice will be hosting a trio of diverse artists at The Cumberland Arms, with headliners Baker Island promising to deliver a fuzzy dream-pop set made up songs from their impressive debut album Bobby Hundreds. They’re backed by Durham nearly-rap duo Outside Your House and genre-bending singer-songwriter Kieran Rafferty in what’s promising to be a strong line up for those who like their music just that little bit off-kilter.

Saturday 17th October
FILM Cult Classics All-Nighter @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

If you can stay awake to see the whole thing then the latest all-nighter at the Tyneside Cinema will see you witnessing slacker comedies, ultraviolence, horror, terrrible B-movies and everything in-between. From Prince singing When Doves Cry Purple Rain at the start to Napoleon Dynamite dancing to Jamiroquai’s Canned Heat at the end, the event promises to be a rip-roaring journey through the ages of cinema. Coffee and a day’s worth of sleep is recommended, but it’ll all be worth it in the end.

Sunday 18th October
FILM Asian Dub Foundation Soundtrack THX 1138 @ Sage Gateshead

Perhaps this should also be classed as a music event but talking to leading ADF man Steve “Chandrasonic” Savale made it clear that the cult fusion group weren’t the stars of the show here. Instead that honour goes to George Lucas’ surreal sci-fi debut THX 1138, which will be taking centre stage as the group perform a new live soundtrack that incorporates the movie’s original sound design by Walter Murch and their own brand of bass and rhythm heavy vibes (with a good dose of flute to boot). After the success of their live soundtracks for La Haine and Battle For Algiers, you’d be foolish to miss out on this unique audio-visual experience.

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