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What's on in the North East

Published: 7 July 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

From Thursday to Saturday, The Paper Birds present previews of their new show Ask Me Anything a co-production, with Live Theatre, at Live Theatre. Set in a teenager's bedroom and inspired by letters written to the company by young people from across the UK, the show explores what it means to be growing up today.

On Thursday and Friday, English Youth Ballet brings its production of The Nutcracker to the Tyne Theatre and Opera House.

At Alphabetti on Tuesday, The Table, a creative community for women and non-binary writers in the North East created by Sian Armstrong, Sophie Hall Luke and Anna Ryder, presents Bring It to the Table, its showcase of members’ work. Then on Friday at 9:00, Coracle presents rehearsed readings of 5-minute plays written in response of Lizi Patch’s Down to Zero. Finally on Saturday at 6:00, Curious Arts and Melody Sproates present an extra performance of *gender not included and at 8:00, Curious Arts and Bird la Bird present Bird la Bird's Travelling Queer People's History Show, a spoof lecture which takes a DIY punk approach to history, history for the Netflix generation, squashing a box set-worth of true queer stories into one show. The Saturday shows are part of the 2019 Curious Festival.

Avenue Q returns to Sunderland Empire from Wednesday to Saturday.

Pramkicker, by Sadie Hasler and produced by Postcard Theatre, comes to Cafedral, the café in Owengate (junction with North Bailey) in Durham City on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Kate Fox brings her show about Northern Women, Where There’s Muck There’s Bras, to Bishop Auckland Town Hall.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Wrestling the Walrus, a 154 Collective and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production, comes to ARC Stockton. Winner of the 2018 Hodgkiss Award, the play tells of a series of meetings between a man in his late sixties and a woman in her thirties. Spotting the man sitting alone on a park bench, the woman decides to share her lunch with him. The next day the same thing happens. As their meetings continue, they share stories from their lives, but the man becomes a little unsettled and... perhaps that first chance encounter was no accident.

From Thursday until 20 July, The Guild of Misrule in association with The Immersive Ensemble presents The Great Gatsby at Harrogate Theatre. This production takes place across various spaces around Harrogate Theatre and the audience moves around with the performance. 1920s dress is encouraged—dancing shoes are required. (The Saturday 13 July performance is already sold out.)