What's on in the North East

Published: 9 June 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Motown™ the Musical continues at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until 22 June.

At Northern Stage (Stage 3) from Thursday to Saturday gobscure in association with Greyscale presents sean burn’s joey, a true story about growing up in '80s Britain about three kids called Spaz, Dumbo And Psycho—a story of love and rage and surviving it all.

Live Theatre is the only English venue for The Cheviot, The Stag & The Black, Black Oil, written by John McGrath, presented by the National Theatre of Scotland in association with Dundee Rep Theatre and Live Theatre and based on the original production by Dundee Rep Theatre, directed by Joe Douglas who has since become Artistic Director of Live. It runs from Wednesday until 22 June.

On Saturday and Sunday (various times), Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom LIVE on stage at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House tells us how somewhere, hidden amongst the thorny brambles is a little kingdom where everyone is very, very small.

In a busy week at Alphabetti Theatre on Tuesday, BBC & New Writing North present the regional final of BBC Radio 1 Words First in which 14 of the UK's most promising spoken word artists aged 18–30 will take to the stage to debut their new work. Then on Wednesday and Thursday, Pillar Theatre Company presents NEST FEST, eight shows over two nights from the North East's emerging recent graduates, that were specially selected by Pillar Theatre Company. Then on Friday, it’s the June Write Faster in which three writers write a brand-new play in front of the audience, whilst it’s also being performed—there will be a typewriter, a computer, pens and paper. The writers hand lines, stage directions and anything else they fancy to the actors for them to act out in front of your eyes. What will unfurl, an epic modern day classic or one for the wastepaper basket?

The King and I continues at Sunderland Empire until Saturday.

Quantum Theatre brings A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the Billingham Forum on Thursday.

Greyscale and Gobscure’s Joey comes to ARC Stockton on Wednesday.

On Friday, Baroque Theatre Company presents Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman at Middlesbrough Theatre.

At Theatre Hullabaloo, Darlington, on Saturday (10:30, 1:30 and 2:30), Spirits of the Sea has been specifically developed as a creative entry point into issues of mental health for children aged 7 to 11, particularly around ways to tackle anxiety and depression. It is said that, in ancient times, people bundled their worries and nightmares into sacks and cast them into the sea. The sea felt burdened by people’s sorrows and soon the waves began to feel angry and grew into demons.

Death and the Maiden is at the Majestic Theatre in Darlington on Thursday. (Please note: this venue is not wheelchair accessible.)

In How to be Amazingly Happy! in Harrogate Theatre's Studio on Wednesday, Victoria is on a quest to discover how you make a new life when you can’t have the one you imagined, how do you find a new ‘once upon a time’ after the ‘happy ever after’ never turned up? On Thursday, also in the Studio, Mark Farrelly performs Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope and then on Friday, Phil Sanger performs For Only An Hour, a pseudo-glamorous, one-man romp through childhood dreams, pop culture and queer art, danced to a eclectic soundtrack of Angela Lansbury, Delia Smith and Mary Poppins.