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What's on in the North East

Published: 23 September 2018

Calendar Girls the Musical continues at Newcastle Theatre Royal until Saturday.

At Northern Stage on Wednesday at 8:00, Gracefool Collective presents This Really Is Too Much in Stage 3. This show is now sold out; contact the box office for returns. Then on Thursday at 7:45 in Stage 2, Cast Doncaster presents The Last Seam, which marks the closure of one of the last deep seam mines. In Stage 3 that same night (8:00) is the first Scratch Night by Alif, a new, independent venture for playwrights of colour who want to share their stories with the North East.

At Alphabetti on Wednesday and Thursday, Jamal Harewood presents Word in which audience members are invited to become the contestant or host in an audience-led game show that put the words we use under a magnifying glass. On Saturday at 8:30, The Suggestibles School of Improv presents Rat Race, a very silly improv comedy games show where two teams of improvisers scramble to win the audience’s laughter, applause and votes in a relentless series of hilarious games, sketches and songs.

On Saturday at Dance City, Vidya Patel and Connor Scott present About the Elephant, which asks, “how do we deal with being bombarded with information that has been manipulated and find our way to the truth? How do we talk about issues that we’d rather not face?” (The Maltings, Berwick.)

Wicked continues at Sunderland Empire until Saturday.

The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, production of Roddy Doyle’s Two Pints, presented by Live Theatre, comes to The Peacock in Sunderland from Tuesday to Friday, in association with Sunderland Stages.

Steelworks’ production of Gordon Steel’s The Fulstow Boys comes to the Customs House in South Shields from Monday to Saturday.

SBC Theatre’s Where We Began comes to The Maltings in Berwick on Thursday and Friday.

Théâtre Sans Frontières, based in Hexham, and Canada’s Théâtre  L’Envers present children’s show A Frog Called Woânda / Une Grenouille qui s’appelle Woânda at the Queen’s Hall, Hexham, on Thursday at 1:15 and Friday at 6:00 in English suitable for 4- to 9-year-olds, and on Friday at 1:15 in simple French suitable for 6- to 10-year-olds.

A Frog Called Woânda moves to Playhouse Whitley Bay on Sunday at 2:30 (English) and Monday at 10:30 (French).

Where We Began is at Durham’s Gala Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Northern Stage’s production of The War of the Worlds comes to The Witham in Barnard Castle on Friday.

Summer Holiday the Musical comes to Darlington Hippodrome from Tuesday to Saturday.

The Turk, written and performed by Michael Sabbaton, runs until Saturday in The Studio at Harrogate Theatre. Also from Tuesday to Saturday, in the Main House, English Touring Theatre presents Othello.

Peter Lathan