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With the aim of “setting fire to what a variety night can be”, established performance cabaret night PUG are celebrating their second birthday this month, with a gig at Tyneside Irish Centre on Friday 27th July.

The anarchic events are real highlights on the region’s alternative cultural calendar, offering exploratory, fun and politically urgent variety acts a platform, with comedy dance, art and pretty much anything in between making an appearance.

Hosted by performance artists Rosa Postlethwaite and Hannah Walker and DJ Jamie Cook, PUG has built a solid following over its two year lifespan. “PUG is a night of short performances showcasing work from some of the most unique and honest performance artists around. It champions artists from both the North East and across the UK; mixing emerging up-and-coming performers alongside more established artists to create a night out like no other. And it’s all topped off with a cheeky disco!” Rosa explains. “We set up PUG because we really enjoy watching short-form work and we wanted to create a night where each act was totally different from the next. It was important that the night be surprising and dynamic and show all the different kind of performance being made locally and nationally.”

You never quite know what you’re going to get next at a PUG show, variety and well-crafted work is key. “We look for performers that have something intriguing or important to say and who use the artform they work in – whether it’s dance, spoken word or live art – to communicate that brilliantly. Every PUG has been very different and memorable. When we speak to audience members at the end of a night, their opinions are always varied on who their favourite was – which is the joy of a variety night!”

After celebrating their second birthday PUG will be taking a break to regroup, coming back even bigger and better in 2019. “Next year PUG will be programing the most exciting, current, short-form live artworks made in the region and across the UK. We will develop, through conversations with North East-based performance makers, the ways in which we support local artists. The PUG team will be growing and all the shows will be BSL interpreted.”

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