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April would have been a month packed with excellent gigs, theatre and comedy shows – many of which we’d have previewed and reviewed. We didn’t want to ignore the contribution these artists (and promoters) make to the region, so we asked some of them to give you a few tips on how you can spend your time in isolation.

Brad McCormick is artistic director of Cap-a-Pie theatre company. Cap-a-Pie’s latest production, Credit, was set to premiere at Alphabetti Theatre on 27th-28th April. Here’s a few things that have inspired the group’s production.

Hallie Rubenhold – The Five: Our show Credit will illustrate how punishing Universal Credit is. There are so many parallels with Victorian times that have emerged though our work with researchers and front-line workers in how Universal Credit is being implemented. I’ve been thinking lots about these parallels when reading Rubenhold’s amazing book about the lives of the five women murdered by Jack the Ripper in the late 1880s. Watch our social media channels for an insight as we try out remote rehearsals for Credit, written by Laura Lindow, later in the Spring.

Cap-a-Pie have just decided to start a book club (who will meet virtually) and one of the books on the list is Scrublands by Chris Hammer. It comes under the sub-genre of ‘drought noir’ (think Jane Harper’s The Dry) and promises to be an excellent crime thriller.

Good One: A Podcast About Jokes: The premise for this is simple. You hear a comedian tell one of their jokes and then they get interviewed about it – how they wrote it, what permutations it went through, what they think makes it funny. Favourite episode: Tig Notaro’s Taylor Dane Story.

Jon Klassen – I Want My Hat Back: I’ll be taking my two year old son to Kitchen Zoo’s Hey Diddle Diddle at Northern Stage this Christmas – until then I’m sure he’ll be happy for me to read this children’s book to him over and over again. It’s hilariously deadpan and a good one for grown-ups.

While schools are closed we will be creating some fun, short and imaginative drama and philosophy activities that can be done by pupils and their parents/carers at home. We’ll post them on our website and social media channels.

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