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Each week we bring you the best picks from the region’s events into a handy seven-day planner. This week we’ve got a highly condensed version of everyone’s favourite crystal meth drama, physical dance performances, one of the nation’s best comediennes, Ryan Reynolds breaking out of his usual mould and much, much more:

Monday 16th March
COMEDY One Man Breaking Bad @ Gala Theatre, Durham

One man. One hour. All five seasons. LA actor Miles Allen seems to have given himself a bit of a monumental task in recreating the exploits of Walter White, Jesse, Saul, Skyler, Walt Jr and the notoriously creepy Gus Fring. But he’s doing it: he’ll be performing as every single major character in the series to condense the highly critically acclaimed drugs drama into just sixty minutes. Guaranteed to be hilarious and a not-to-be-missed comedy experience for fans of the show.

Tuesday 17th March
STAGE What The Body Does Not Remember @ Northern Stage, Newcastle

In 1987, Wim Vandekeybus and Ultima Vez stunned the world of dance with their highly visceral and brutally physical production What The Body Does Not Remember. 28 years later, and with a new cast, the show stands as a memorable and exciting dance performance that balances attraction and repulsion in its epic choreography. There’s also a second chance to see the performance at Northern Stage on Wednesday, so there’s no excuse not to see the legendary production.

Wednesday 18th March
MUSIC RONiiA @ Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough

RONiiA, the new collaborative project from members of American folk band Dark Dark Dark, electro noise band Marijuana Deathsquads and nomadic electronic project FUGITIVE (aka a mountain of goodness) are stopping off in Middlesbrough as part of their UK tour. With haunting vocals and super-tight electronic beats, it might also be any of the bands’ most accessible works to date; it’s not everyday you see a critically acclaimed American electronic act travelling to Teesside, so make sure you make the most of it.

Thursday 19th March
COMEDY Josie Long @ Arc, Stockton

If you don’t happen to live on Tyneside to catch comedienne Josie Long’s latest show at The Stand on Monday, then Teessiders have the opportunity to see Cara Josephine at the Arc on Thursday. Taking on Long’s outdoorsy nature and the theme of love, Cara Josephine is Long’s most personal show to date – it’s also her most critically acclaimed stand-up performance to date. It’s one last chance to see the comedienne at the top of her game in the region.

Friday 20th March
FILM The Voices @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Ryan Reynolds doesn’t seem like the first candidate to star in a thoroughly bizarre film where a man gradually goes crazy thanks to his dog and cat talking to him. But that’s exactly what happens in Marjane Satrapi’s new film The Voices, a loopy but lovable pitch-black indie comedy that sees Reynolds pursuing his office crush (Gemma Arterton) with some murderous consequences. Don’t let the Ryan Reynolds factor put you off: if you like your comedies with a good does of the surreal then this is the film for you.

Saturday 21st March
MUSIC Sivu @ Central Bar, Gateshead

Young alt-folk troubadour Sivu has been no stranger to the banks of the Tyne in recent times, having visited Newcastle three times in the space of two months in various support slots at the back end of last year. He’s now returning to play his own headline gig on the other side of the river as part of an extensive UK tour. Sivu’s debut album Something On High was hailed as a triumph filled with sensitive songwriting and intricate melodies. It’s a bit of a change from the usual gigs at the Central, but the relatively intimate venue is the perfect place to experience Sivu’s work.

Sunday 22nd March
ART AND LIT Harry Pearson and Richard Milward @ The Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe

Two giants of the Teesside literary scene are joining forces for a one-off night of reading and discussion. Harry Pearson, who shot to fame 20 years ago with the publication of his book The Far Corner: A Mazy Dribble Through North-Eastern Football, has written a variety of books on a number of diverse subjects, including country fairs, Belgium, wargaming and Northern club cricket. Richard Milward’s first novel Apples earned him critical acclaim for his portrayal of Middlesbrough youth. Since then he’s written two more acclaimed novels, Ten Storey Love Song and Kimberley’s Capital Punishment. The pair will be reading from their works, talking about their respective careers and taking questions from the audience.

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