What’s On Next Week! (w/c 10.4.17)
Posted on April 3rd 2017 by Whats on Northeast
If you’re not sure what to get up to next week, we’ve got seven events to fill out your seven days! Make sure you put these dates in your diary…
In 2001, acclaimed artist Jeremy Deller recreated The Battle of Orgreave, one of the most violent clashes between miners and police during the 1984/5 Miners’ Strike, which he compared to being like a civil war. Over 1000 people took part in the re-enactment, which also included former miners and policemen. Woodhorn Museum are showing a documentary of the recreation, directed by Mike Figgis, alongside Deller’s own research materials, images, audio recordings and objects from the time. Bringing together these artefacts with the work of one of Britain’s most respected artists, Woodhorn continues to bring to the fore its deep-rooted connection with the region’s colliery heritage as well as must-see cultural milestones of a nationwide importance.
Tuesday 11th April
Babbling Vagabonds @ Great North Museum, Newcastle
The Great North Museum are still displaying their amazing exhibition Bones: Skeleton Secrets of the Animal World, which presents visitors with amazing facts and stats about what goes on under the skin. Inspired by the exhibition, Peak District-based theatre arts company Babbling Vagabonds have created their own theatrical adventure based on the exhibition. Join them for a closer look at what’s on offer, as they help you to use your imagination to create a fascinating narrative (with the help of props, and a spot of dress up of course!)
Wednesday 12th April
Roman Beauty Regime @ Segedunum Roman Fort
Ever wondered how the Romans kept themselves looking good? Want to know what wonders and rituals they used to help defy the ageing process? Long before all-night creams and botox, the Romans were pioneering ways to keep that youthful appearance intact, and as part of a monthly series of talks on the Roman lifestyle, historian Jo Bath will be letting you know all about their beauty regimes. Things are set to get a bit hands-on too, as there’s handling items on offer as well as tester pots to try. Who knows? Perhaps you’ll find an ancient miracle cream…
They’ve been detectives and even travelled to space, but now the world’s funniest footwear – the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre – are back and they’re taking on the Bard himself! The cheeky socks are putting their own unique spin on Shakespeare, ripping yarns (hopefully not their own) such as Romeo & Juliet, Coriolanus and, er, The Two Gentlesocks of Verucca. Not quite sure they’ve got that one quite right… One thing they do get right though is the laughs, even gaining rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Not bad for socks.
Friday 14th April
Easter Adventure Quest @ Belsay Castle, Hall and Gardens,
As another Easter weekend draws near, so does another chance for kids to get involved with the spectacular Easter Adventure Quest at various English Heritage sites across the region. There, you’ll be greeted by a character from the past (a king? A butler? Or even a Roman Centurion?) and they’ll be able to help you crack the many clues hidden around each site. If you can successfully break the code the then you’ll be rewarded with a chocolatey surprise – well, it is Easter after all!
Saturday 15th April
Easter Panto: The Wizard of Oz @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle
Make sure you follow the Yellow Brick Road if you’re in need of a panto fix this Easter! There might be no place like home, but there’s no other place to catch The Wizard of Oz than the Tyne Theatre, where Britain’s Got Talent’s Ashleigh and Pudsy will be taking on the roles of Dorothy and Toto, while comedy legend Bobby Davro is the hapless scarecrow in this rip-roaring production. Will they be able to escape the Wicked Witch of the West? Will the scarecrow, tin man and cowardly lion get what they most want from life? And will Dorothy make it home to Kansas? Only one way to find out – better get off to see the wizard!
Sunday 16th April
Roman Spring Festival @ Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum
It’s Easter Day and while you could spend your time eating a traditional Sunday Roast and putting your feet up, there’s a more exciting way to pass the day – by going back in time. Time and Time events have teamed up with Arbeia Roman Fort to put on the ultimate Roman festival, celebrating everything from Veneralia (the festival of the goddess of love and marriage) to Cerialia (the festival in honor of the goddess of agriculture and fertility). There’s also set to be a Roman Market, and performances by Roma Antiqua. Let’s hope it’s sunny too, so that the planned weaponry display can go ahead! Don’t let us down British weather!