What's on in the North East

Published: 20 June 2021
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Black Femme Priority
Suitcases
Hello and Goodbye

The Weebles, one of Northern Stage’s Neighbourhood Events, is an audio experience which can be listened to on Littlehaven Beach in South Shields, where the group of statues called Conversation Piece but known locally as The Weebles is sited, or at home until 31 August. All details, including the audio download, area available on the Northern Stage web site.

Also part of the Neighbourhood Events is Mam Tackles the Climate Crisis, written and directed by Tracy Gillman and performed by Jackie Lye, which will be performed at the top of the steps, outside the door of the church in 62 Middle Street, Consett, County Durham (on the corner of Parliament Street and Church Street). Performances will take place at 11:30, 1:00 and 3:00 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Another Neighbourhood Event is Chewin’ on a Brick, an audio-tour designed specifically for Stockton High Street. Actor Scott Turnbull tells a series of semi-autobiographical tales about growing up in the town, interspersed with hand-made animations, black comedy and magic realism. All stories can be accessed online, but to enjoy the full experience go ‘down town’ and scan the QR codes at each location for exclusive artwork and animations.

And on Sunday and Monday at noon, 1:30 and 3:00 in The Tower Cafe, Leazes Park, Newcastle, Georgina Lance, a mixed race, queer movement artist who specialises in Circus Arts and Dance, performs Black Femme Priority, a movement-based visual performance focusing on the relationship of Black Womxn, with nature and movement as a medium for healing and liberation.

Sucking Eggs, a new play about what it means to grow old by Steve Byron, produced in partnership with Newcastle University, continues at Alphabetti until Saturday (excluding Sundays & Mondays). Every performance from Tuesday will be live-streamed.

On Saturday at 7:30, Hit the Ground Running Dance Theatre will stream Suitcases for one performance only. Full details on booking on the Dance City web site.

The November Club is streaming a site-specific play, Repeat Signal, from Woodhorn Museum in Ashington from Thursday until 20 June and then from Thursday to Sunday. Full details on booking on the November Club web site.

Elysium Theatre Company, Queen’s Hall Arts and the Northern School of Art will present a live-streamed performance of Athol Fugard's Hello and Goodbye from the Queen's Hall in Hexham at 7:30, followed by a Q&A. Tickets are £5, £3.50 (benefit concession / student / registered disabled). Book on the Queen's Hall web site.