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Each week we bring you our pick of the next seven days’ best events. This week we’ve got comedy in its purest form, satirical cartoons of Margaret Thatcher, two amazing gigs on consecutive nights, some fresh-off-the-press theatre and much more.

Monday 9th March
COMEDY Gary Delaney: Purist @ The Stand, Newcastle

Gary Delaney wants to know what happened to the good old fashioned joke. And he’s right. Observational humour can be great, but occasionally it’s nice to be able to be told a joke with a cheesy punchline or without any lengthy preamble that you have to keep track of. Purist is returning to The Stand this week, which sees Gary Delaney doing what he does best: telling those classic jokes. If you want to laugh but not have to think too hard about what you’re hearing, then it’s the perfect start to the week.

Tuesday 10th March
STAGE Kicking and Screaming @ Alnwick Playhouse

I’m not a parent myself, at least not yet, but when I look at my best friend and her two toddlers (one of whom is my godson) I often marvel at how parents manage to cope with their kids. Tangled Feet are exploring what it’s like to be a parent in the modern age with their new play, a fast and furious physical piece of performance that’ll have the parents nodding along in recognition and the rest of us recoiling in horror at what we might have in store in the future. If you’ve ever experienced the minefield of a family crisis you’ll recognise something here.

Wednesday 11th March
STAGE ARCADE Scratch Night @ Arc, Stockton

If you’re looking to sink your teeth into some brand new plays then they don’t come much more fresh than what’s coming out of ARCADE’S Scratch Nights. On Wednesday, they’ve got new work lined up by four of their best writers, including Black Toffee, Caroline Liversidge, Big Girls Don’t Eat Soap and Luca Rutherford, ready to perform and get your feedback on how to improve. It’s not only a sneaky preview of some of the performances coming up, but it’s also a chance to get involved with the shaping the career of some rising stars.

Thursday 12th March
MUSIC Rumour Cubes, High Tide 15:47, Ten Sticks, Immy Williams @ The Cluny, Newcastle

Shoegaze, singer-songwriters, drone electronics, instrumental experimentalism… It’s certainly guaranteed to be an ecelectic night at The Cluny. Six-piece instrumentalists Rumour Cubes are headlining the night, bringing their atmospheric and experimental multimedia experience to the relatively intimate venue. If that doesn’t particularly float your boat, then the grunge-tinged shoegaze of High Tide 15:47, the noise of Ten Sticks or the delicate nature of Immy Williams certainly will.

Friday 13th March
MUSIC Cohesion, Kobadelta, Shades, Charlie Dancer @ Independent, Sunderland

The team behind Spark FM’s Local Music Show are finally doing the logical thing and putting on a gig in their own backyard. Headlining their first-ever gig is Sunderland band Cohesion, who’ll be showing off some of their atmospheric rock, including their latest single Luna, at the event. They’re backed by noise-mongers Shades, raw psych-rock quintet Kobadelta and rising folk-pop star Charlie Dancer. Bringing together some of the finest talent in the region, it’s bound to be an amazing showcase of what the north east has to offer.

Saturday 14th March
FILM Don’t Dream It Screen It @ Various Middlesbrough Venues

If all the noise of past couple of days left you feeling a little battered but you’re still looking for a fix of music, then Middlesbrough is the place to be on Saturday. Don’t Dream It Screen It, hosted by Writer’s Block North East, is a two-day festival of music videos that celebrates the organisation’s takeover of the town’s Big Screen. Featuring new videos from a variety of local bands, including Dressed Like Wolves, and clips shot and produced by the community, it’s a way to get your fix of regional music while giving your ears a much needed break.

Sunday 15th March
ART AND LIT Milk Snatcher: The Thatcher Drawings @ Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Museums are always a great place to go on Sundays, but they’re even better when you can wander around a historical environment while soaking in some pop culture. The Bowes Museum have pulled off quite a feat in bringing drawings of Margaret Thatcher by satirical cartoonist Gerald Scarfe to the venue. The images, many of which have become iconic, are a reminder of the eighties and are a timely reminder that this year’s general election is just around the corner.

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