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Looking for something to do in the next week? We’ve compiled all the best events across the next seven days all around the region so you can sample the best of what the north east has to offer. This week we’ve got a long-awaited launch gig, the even longer awaited return of punk legends, portraits of poets and much, much more.

Monday 14th September
MUSIC Profumo @ The Cluny 2, Newcastle

It’s been a couple of months since Profumo’s debut EP Brutalism was available online but the band are only just getting around to playing at their very own launch gig. For fans of the record – that’s like a janglier version of a young Suede – it’s been a long time coming, but the four-piece shouldn’t disappoint, particularly when the line up also includes Hartlepudlian math rockers Antlez, off-kilter singer-songwriter therunningchelsea and the power duo of Dean James & Crease. It’d be more of a scandal than the Profumo Affair if you didn’t go.

Tuesday 15th September
STAGE Into Thin Air @ Northern Stage, Newcastle

Pressure is something that seems to come as a given in the modern age. Whether it’s to do with work, relationships or a number of other reasons, we often feel the pressure to conform or please others. Into Thin Air explores this issue in great depth by using the narrative of a woman who is juggling so many balls in life that she’s bound to drop one someday. And that day is now. It’s set to be a thought-provoking night that takes a critical look at modern life.

Wednesday 16th September
STAGE Sitting Room/ For the Best @ Washington Arts Centre

If you haven’t had quite enough of social commentary in your theatre after Tuesday’s offering then a trip up to Wearside might help to further quench that thirst. Operating Theatre are bringing their double bill to Washington, looking at some of the most critical topics in society today. While Sitting Room takes a look at pensions and how we can afford to retire, For The Best explores the tough issue of why people with learning difficulties die on average twenty years before those who don’t. It’ll be a tough duo to watch but one that will really get your cogs going.

Thursday 17th September
FILM The Wolfpack @ Arc, Stockton

Here’s an unusual documentary for you: it’s about six teenage brothers who have spent their time locked away from society in a Manhattan housing project. All they know about life is what they’ve seen in movies; and they love recreating them with pinpoint precision. As adolescence wears on, though, they dream of escaping. Filled with references, quirky recreations and underpinned with a great deal of pathos, The Wolfpack might be your favourite new documentary.

Friday 18th September
MUSIC Penetration @ Georgian Theatre, Stockton

Over thirty years since the iconic County Durham punks released their last album, the group are finally back with another collection. And it’s really been worth a nearly four-decade wait. The group are also returning to the stage and are giving fans the opportunity to sample songs from their latest anticipated offering as well as some of their classics. Don your finest black, get those drainpipes out of the cupboard and really get in the punk spirit with Pauline Murray and co.

Saturday 19th September
ART AND LIT Picture the Poet @ Sunderland Museum

We’re more used to reading their words on paper than seeing their faces. Somewhat ironic considering how their words can evoke such vivid imagery, isn’t it? Yet poets – even the most famous of them – are generally seen less in society than other cultural figures. That’s about to change as Picture the Poet brings a whole raft of portraits depicting some of the world’s best wordsmiths to Sunderland. The exhibition will be running for some time but make sure you grab the chance to see this unique mix of art, photography and literary icons.

Sunday 20th September
MUSIC Brand New @ Middlesbrough Empire

It’s not often we’d recommend a feisty punk band for a Sunday night (it’s more a time for relaxation and a nice cuppa with Antiques Roadshow) but bringing Brand New to Middlesbrough’s Empire is quite a coup. The group are often hailed as one of contemporary rock’s most respected and innovative bands and they’re also known for their absolutely riotous live shows. Surely there’s no better reason to get down there?


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