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We’re giving you seven events this week that’ll give you a laugh, get you on the dancefloor and stimulate that grey matter. This week, local bands play one of Middlesbrough’s finest club nights, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure gets some much-deserved attention, two new dance productions hit Tyneside and much, much more.

Monday 2nd February
MUSIC Mixtape Present Collector’s Club, Street Party in Soho @ The Keys, Middlesbrough

Despite being based in Liverpool, six-piece Indie-rockers Collectors Club are Middlesbrough born and bred, and the troupe will be returning home this week for what promises a to be a frenetic and energised night of high-energy from a band which in recent years have made indie-pop their own domain with an infectious and joyous which would liven up any lazy winter afternoon. The highly regarded Street Party In Soho will join them for the date. The Newcastle based-four piece have established themselves in recent years as one of alternative rock’s best kept secrets, with a brash sound which has seen them support the likes of Bastille and The 1975 and win acclaim from various critics. This promises to be a wonderful night of music showcasing the best that the North East has to offer.

Tuesday 3rd February
COMEDY A Night of Women’s Wit @ The Stand, Newcastle

Set up as to raise money and awareness of the issue of women’s education across the globe, the Women Education Society of the Northumbria Students Union will be taking to the stage for one not only at The Stand. With names including Seymour Mace, Katherine Tanney, Hal Branson, Skye Hawkins and host Nicola Mantalios Lovett this promises to be a night of wit, satire and feminist fun designed to give women world-wide the education they thoroughly deserve.

Wednesday 4th February
COMEDY The Complete History of Comedy @ Gala Durham

They have handled history, the bible and one of Britain’s most famous playwrights, now the Abridged Shakespeare Company handled the domain they know best of all as they dissect the history of comedy with the same anarchic and rebellious nature that have made them stars of the comedy theatre circuit. The event takes place at the Gala Theatre, and figures such as Aristophanes, Moliere, Charlie Chaplin and even Nick Clegg are up for ridicule in this rollicking 90 minute thrill-ride that will leave no joke untold and the audience looking at comedy like never before.

Thursday 5th February
ART AND LIT The Shakespeare Club @ Lit and Phil, Newcastle

The Shakespeare Club have devoted their careers into exploring the work of the bard, with an informative and expressive style that has won many admirers. For their latest performance the group will be looking into Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure, a 1604 dark comedy considered by critics as one of Shakespeare’s infamous “Problem Plays” and cited as a turning point in the writing style of the bard. Taking place at Newcastle’s Lit and Phil and with free entry to everyone this is a fantastic opportunity to explore one of Shakespeare’s most overlooked pieces whilst also supporting a thriving local arts scene.

Saturday 7th February
STAGE Renaud Wiser: One and Who Killed Bambi @ Dance City Newcastle

Dance City Newcastle plays host to a unique night of performance as the Renaud Wiser dance company come to the North of England with a show bringing together, dance, theatre, film and live music in a show that promises to be as thought provoking as it does entertaining. Who Killed Bambi sees the troupe looking at individualism and celebrating those that constantly swim against the tide in a visually striking show which appeals to both casuals and dance fans alike.

Saturday 7th February
MUSIC Hazels @ Think Tank Newcastle

Formed in 2013 following a jam session in an abandoned greenhouse, Durham band Hazels have firmly established themselves as one of the North East’s most exciting upcoming artists with a brash and pulsating sound which will soon quickly win over many admirers. This week sees the band release their second single In Control and to celebrate the release the group will be performing at Newcastle’s Think Tank in what promises to be a fantastic night of music with support coming from the The Castells and Street Party In Soho. At a price of £5 at the door this is a bargain for a chance to see one of the most promising acts in North East music.

Sunday 8th February
FILM Flesh and the Devil @ Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle

Showing as part of Star and Shadow Cinema’s Resounding Silents season, Flesh and the Devil stars the ever-evocative and alluring Greta Garbo in the role that would make her an international superstar. She stars as a countess who falls in love with and marries a former soldier, just as the man she originally loved returns from exile vowing to win her back. With able support from John Gilbert and Lars Hanson, this melodrama has won critical acclaim even nearly 90 years since it’s release and will prove a delight to both casual film goers as well as silent film aficionados.

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