What's on in the North East

Published: 10 November 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Northern Ballet brings Cinderella to Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday to Saturday.

At Northern Stage in Stage 2 on Monday at 7:45, Burgerz tells how, after someone threw a burger at them and shouted a transphobic slur, performance artist Travis Alabanza became obsessed with burgers—how they are made; how they feel and smell; how they travel through the air; how the mayonnaise feels on your skin—and this show is the climax of that obsession, exploring how trans bodies survive and how, by them reclaiming an act of violence, we can address our own complicity. (This show is sold out.) Then on Wednesday and Thursday (at 7:15) and on Friday (at 2:30 and 7:15), also in Stage 2, Between Worlds explores the outsourcing of dementia care from Germany, Switzerland, North America and the United Kingdom to Thailand. This new work, sitting at the crossroads of performance, film, journalism and social science, brings together Costa Compagnie and social scientists from the University of British Columbia and Newcastle University. The team spent three weeks filming and researching in care facilities in Chiang Mai.

At Alphabetti Theatre on Tuesday, it’s the Write Something Showcase, an evening of rehearsed readings from fifteen plays developed over the Write Something workshops during the previous five weeks. On Wednesday, Transcend, a mixture of circus, physical theatre and spoken word, sees aerialists and spoken word performers come together to create and innovate, generating new material that's completely unrehearsed. Then from Thursday to Saturday, Blowfish Theatre presents The True Historie of Mr William Shakespeare. Director Kyle Williams will stop at nothing to stage his biography of Shakespeare and shake off Blowfish Theatre’s reputation for low-brow popular musicals. Nothing will stand in his way. Not a company of thankless plebs, not the stupidity of his audience and definitely not his own incompetence.

There are two shows at Dance City this week. On Wednesday, Joli Vyann presents Anima, a new show which explores the simple act of breathing in all its forms and how it connects us all. Then on Saturday, Old Kent Road presents Oscillate, a tap dance performance that explores human interaction and the effects of miscommunication in relationships.

From Tuesday to Saturday, The Bodyguard, starring Alexandra Burke, comes to Sunderland Empire.

On Thursday, Bamboozle Theatre brings presents Pulse, a production for young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, to Arts Centre Washington. There will be two versions: an intimate version for a small audience of young people described as having PMLD and their family group (at 12:30 and 2:00) and a relaxed version open to all families (at 11:00 and 6:00).

At the Phoenix Theatre in Blyth on Thursday, Jonathan Goodwin returns as Sherlock Holmes in Strictly Sherlock, a show scripted by himself and co-directed by Goodwin and Gary Archer, bringing to life The Sussex Vampire, The Creeping Man and The Devil's Foot.

On Monday (4:30) and Tuesday (10:30 and 4:30), Freckle Productions presents children’s show Stick Man at the Queen’s Hall in Hexham. Then on Wednesday, Bamboozle brings Pulse to the venue, with performances for PMLD audiences at 10:30, 11:30 and 2:30 and a relaxed performance for all at 1:15. On Thursday, it's the turn of Shackleton's Carpenter, the story of Harry McNish who was the only man who challenged "The Boss" on the ice floes of Antarctica, written by Gail Louw and performed by Malcolm Rennie. Finally on Sunday, Old Kent Road brings tap show Oscillate to Hexham.

Old Kent Road transfers Oscillate to The Witham in Barnard Castle on Thursday.

Bill Kenwright’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to Billingham Forum from Tuesday to Saturday (various times).

At ARC Stockton on Thursday at 7:00, Quietly Spoken Chaos, written and performed by Grace Gibson, is a new show about holding it together. Blending music with movement and theatre, it takes a playful look at England’s ‘stiff upper lip’ and what can happen when you avoid saying how you really feel.

From Tuesday to Saturday, Jason Manford appears in Curtains, a musical whodunit, at Darlington Hippodrome.

In The Magical Spiegelyurt, behind St Wilfrid's Church in Harrogate, A Ship of Fools Theatre Company presents its "dark, disturbing and downright funny" show Welcome to Paradise for one night only on Thursday at 8:30: "think Bad Santa meets The League of Gentlemen with Chris Morris's Jam stirred in for added flavour." Tickets from Harrogate Theatre box office. On Saturday, The Sitcom Experience—Basil Fawlty and Co returns to the Yorkshire Hotel. The show includes a 3-course meal.