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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 top comedy, celebrations of the best in literature, classic film, quirky stage shows and a whole lot more…

Monday 3rd October
ART & LIT Sunderland Literature Festival
The hopeful City of Culture for 2021 launches its literature festival this week, which all takes place across the city and its surrounds throughout October. The real meat of the festival comes in the form of some superb author events which have Wearside at their very heart. North East author Fiona Veitch Smith discusses her crime novel The Jazz Files at City Library on Monday.

Tuesday 4th October
COMEDY Stand Spotlight – Growing Up @ The Stand, Newcastle
With emerging comedians performing bespoke sets on a theme, the Stand Spotlight nights have proved a big hit so far. This month, it’s all on the theme of growing up, and The Stand welcome David Callaghan, Tom Lawrinson, Hal Branson, Neil Harris, Julie Grady-Thomas, Deage Paxton and host Si Beckwith to tell us their uniquely hilarious experiences.

Wednesday 5th October
STAGE Bacon Knees & Sausage Fingers @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle
A harrowing, heart-warming and hilarious play written and performed by Gary Kitching and Steve Byron, and directed by Ali Pritchard tells the tale of a meeting between two social outsiders and their new bizarre friendship.

Thursday 6th October
STAGE Under The Bed @ Arts Centre Washington
154 Collective combine music, performance and animation technology in contemporary theatre fairytale Under the Bed coming to Arts Centre Washington. With its roots in the darker origins of many of the fairytales that are now childhood staples, this is the story of a little girl who finds there really is a monster living under her bed.

Friday 7th October
MUSIC Mouses, Dressed Like Wolves and Kick Yrself @ Chilli Cake, Hartlepool
It’s a close-knit, DIY style show on offer this Friday, for a show that will prove a rare experience for gig-goers, as such has been the success of quirky punk duo of late that they’ve only really been seen in bigger venues. With support from Dressed Like Wolves and new riot grrrl punk duo, Kick Yrself, this is a mighty fine Friday night.

Saturday 8th October
COMEDY Mick Ferry, Steve Bugeja And More @ The Witham, Barnard Castle
MC Matt Reed will be joined by the intelligent and hilarious Steve Bugeja, circuit favourite Mick Ferry and one of comedy’s brightest new talents Rob Mulholland to get you giggling all the way into Sunday.

Sunday 9th October
FILM Nostalgia @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Filled with extraordinary images, Andrei Tarkovsky’s unforgettably haunting film, his first to be made outside Russia, and explores the melancholy of the expatriate through the film’s protagonist, Gorchakov, a Russian poet researching in Italy. It’s a revered piece of cinema that’s the perfect way to round out your week.

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