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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 film fun, heavy music, a book launch, amazing theatre and a whole lot more…

Monday 7th November
FILM Darlington Film Club @ The Forum, Darlington
Monday sees cold dreary weather and a need for a laugh, which Darlington Film Club are more than happy to provide, with two Carry On… classics screened – Carry On Abroad offers up the perfect recipe for a failed holiday, while Carry On Girls sees the irrepressible Sid James host a beauty contest to bolster tourism in a seaside town, much to the consternation of the locals. The screenings will be accompanied by Q&A sessions with two Carry On stars, Sally Gleeson (who appears in both movies) and Margaret Nolan (who appears in …Girls, and is also famous for portraying Bond’s gold painted masseuse in Goldfinger). The ladies will be on hand to answer questions about the successful film franchise and no doubt reveal some trade secrets too.

Tuesday 8th November
MUSIC Jack Garratt @ O2 Academy
Multi-instrumentalist and multi-talented alternative rocker Jack Garratt promises to deliver an electrifying performance this week. Audiences across the country have already been left similarly electrified and aghast by his extraordinary ability to play drums, pads, guitar, piano and to sing all at once. His unkempt charm and scratchy voice warm you to him easily in what should be a delightful evening in his company.

Wednesday 9th November
STAGE Parallel @ ARC, Stockton
Darkly comic piece of theatre Parallel is at ARC in Stockton on Wednesday; a story of choice, chance and being anywhere but here set to prove to be an engaging watch. It’s an exploration of understanding home, purpose and charity. The story follows a chance meeting of three women late at night, with none of the trio really wanting to be there, but none wanting to leave either. With the moment offering up tranquillity for just a second so rare in our hectic modern world, the stillness brings both solace and discomfort.

Thursday 10th November
STAGE Coal @ Gala, Durham
Award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke has spent years researching the Miner’s Strike, and conducting interviews with the likes of Arthur Scargill’s wife Anne, and Betty Cook, the founders of Women Against Pit Closures. He’s also spent time with Chris Skidmore of the National Union of Mineworkers, author of Yorkshire’s Flying Pickets Bruce Wilson among others, and it all makes for a gritty new dance production. Strong, powerful and emotive, this is set to be an incredible show.

Friday 11th November
ART & LIT Winter Exhibition @ Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
It’s the launch of the wonderful winter exhibition at Biscuit Factory this week, headlined by award-winning Scottish artist Phil McLoughlin. He’s set to showcase his new body of work in the gallery’s first floor Cube space. Compositions from seemingly unrelated objects create multiple meanings in a fascinating collection of new paintings, it’s intriguing and captivating in equal measure.

Saturday 12th November
MUSIC GNAW Fest @ Cluny, Newcastle
Great Northern Amplifier Worship – GNAW for short – have pulled out all the stops for their sixth instalment on Saturday. Legendary drone metal duo Nadjabring bring intense doom riffs, shoegaze ambiance, electronic textures and ethereal drone. There’s a fine support bill to behold as well. Joining Nadja are iconic noise artist Culver, the improvisational noise rock band Waheela, the dark low frequency rituals of Corpse Twitcher and the high intensity rock of Knots.

Sunday 13th November
ART & LIT / COMEDY Lee Kyle Book Launch @ The Stand, Newcastle
Local comedy favourite Lee Kyle has revisited his former life as a professional wrestler to pull together some incredible tales for his new book Spandex Ballet. Having already touched on moments of his wrestling past in his successful solo show Ultimate Worrier, it’s a wonderful choice for Lee to explore this even further, such is the richness of material he’s able to revisit. This should prove to be a delightfully fun hour and a half, as he introduces you to his book.

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