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What's on in the North East

Published: 28 April 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

The Girl on the Train comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal from Monday to Saturday.

At Northern Stage this week, Frozen Light in association with the New Wolsey Theatre presents The Isle of Brimsker: Where the Waves Meet the Rock, a new multi-sensory story from the specialists in making theatre for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities. The four performances, on Monday and Tuesday in Stage 2, are all sold out. In Stage 1, from Tuesday to Saturday, English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East present Peter Shaffer’s Equus.

At Live Theatre from Saturday until 11 May, Live presents Shine, a coming of age story with script, music and lyrics written and performed by Kema Sikazwe who was three years old when his family moved from Zambia to Newcastle’s west end. It's about growing up in a world that doesn’t always accept you, but gaining self-belief, trusting your head, your heart and always chasing your dreams.

On Saturday, the Russell Maliphant Company comes to Dance City with a new work, Silent Lines.

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer comes to Arts Centre Washington on Thursday, a solo piece in which Shane Shambhu combines Indian dance and stand-up comedy to lead audiences on a revealing journey of his life experiences. From unlikely Indian dance student to “rude boy” to international performer.

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer moves to the Queen’s Hall in Hexham on Saturday.

Same Same Different by Naomi Sumner Chan is a new verbatim play, inspired by the author's own experiences as a transracial adoptee, having been adopted from Hong Kong in the 1980s into a white British family. It comes to Durham’s Gala Theatre on Saturday at 8:00.

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer is at The Witham in Barnard Castle on Friday.

At Billingham Forum on Thursday, weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, moody teenagers, men, Zumba, therapy, housework, homework, electrolysis, men, sex, working out, staying in, going out, bikini waxes, celebrity gossip, eating, not eating, chocolate, wine, more chocolate, social media, more wine, are some of the subjects covered by Hormonal Housewives.

On Wednesday at ARC Stockton, Company of Others presents Crackle. Dust., a dance piece which shares Northern women's experiences of endings that have had a life changing impact. Then on Thursday, Damn Seagulls, written and performed by Mike Edwards, is a show about hats. About the hats we wear every day. Literal. Metaphorical. Bobble. It's about what we keep under our hats, and what we take our hats off to. Both of these shows are Pay What You Decide.

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer is at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre on Monday.

The Mousetrap comes to Darlington Hippodrome from Monday to Saturday.

Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your Wit’s End) by Holly Gallagher, a performance about stress and figuring out why so many of us feel it to an unhealthy degree, is at The Hullabaloo in Darlington as part of Jabberwocky Market at 4:00 on Saturday. Then at 8:00, also at The Hullabaloo, two performers—one Greek, one French—dance and shout, cry and sing, agree and disagree, about life in the Eurohouse, a darkly comic look at the EU’s founding ideals, and what got lost along the way.

On Tuesday, Hands On NE presents The Desert Queen by David Farn at Saltburn Community Theatre. It is followed on Wednesday by Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer.