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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 a lovely comedy, two of the finest actors of all time, classic horror, brilliantly quirky music and a whole lot more…

Monday 15th August
COMEDY Barbara Nice @ The Stand, Newcastle
Join the Fringe’s favourite housewife for an hour of proper good fun, in a playful start to the week. Critically acclaimed tip-top character comedy from Phoenix Nights actress Janice Connolly. This life-affirming show includes the chance to win a prize off Barbara’s table. Sell-out shows and five star reviews behind her, Barbara will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step, as she delivers this new show all about chance and luck.

Tuesday 16th August
STAGE No Man’s Land @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle
This Harold Pinter play could not be brought to life by two better actors, as Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart join forces in this play from the former Nobel Prize winner. Following a hit run on Broadway with five shows in a row, right here in the North East. The two revered actors are invigorated by this comic masterpiece, with the masters of their craft delivering some perfectly pitched dialogue in a tale of two ageing writers meeting in a Hampstead pub.

Wednesday 17th August
FILM Night Of The Living Dead @ St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay
This 1968 independent horror film from George A. Romero is an absolute classic, and a milestone moment in launching the zombie genre that’s so popular today. Showing as part of Whitley Bay Film Festival, it’s an absolute stand-out screening, for the gory and genuinely scary all time favourite.

Thursday 18th August
STAGE Stanza @ The Exchange, North Shields
Stanza returns to The Exchange with a line-up of poets and playwrights sees Janis Freegard, Michelle Fisher, Harry Patterson Steve, Urwin and Judi Sutherland all take to the stage, with music from  North East duo Renata and Trev. Open mic slots will be available too and hosts Harry Gallagher and Mandy Maxwell will no doubt show their own intelligent and masterful creations, in a joyous evening celebrating the power of words.

Friday 19th August
MUSIC Barry Hyde @ Georgian Theatre, Stockton
Showcasing songs from his debut solo album Malody, Barry Hyde plays music filled with twists and turns, twinkling piano and real raw emotion in his quite beautifully honest singing. Emotive and transfixing, the musicality and recurring motifs have shown Hyde to be a brilliant writer again, and the chance to see these songs live, and what Hyde brings to them in that environment is a real gift, with the songs theatrical and grandiose enough to craft a show all on their own, and Hyde’s connection to them sure to be something incredible to be in the company of for an evening.

Saturday 20th August
MUSIC Slow Decades & More @ The Cluny 2, Newcastle
Raising money for The Percy Hedley Foundation, a Tyneside based charity that has been providing services and promoting independance for people with cerebral palsy, autism and other disabilities since 1953. Four amazing local bands will perform including the quirky indie pop of Slow Decades, who are joined by Tchotchke, E’Spaniel and The Soundbeam Band.

Sunday 21st August
FILM Julieta @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Filmmaker Pedro Almódovar is back dealing with the subject matter he loves best – women.  This new films is a sombre, ravishing study of grief, guilt and burden.  Told over 30 years the film is led by two superb performances from Emma Suárez and the younger Adriana Ugarte, both playing the same woman, Julieta, at either side of a crisis, as she tries to mend her fractured relationship with daughter, Anita, and explained the secrets that she has kept to herself over the past 30 years.

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