What’s On Next Week! (w/c 5.12.16)

Posted on November 28th 2016 by indigo

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…

Monday 5th December
Elf’s Christmas Wish @ Gala Theatre & Cinema

After last year’s shenanigans you’d have thought that Elf and Elfie might have learned their lessons and stayed out of trouble this time around. Nope. They’re getting into even more mischief this year, and the whole thing is depicted in hilarious fashion in Elf’s Christmas Wish. Santa has moved the elves to the wrapping department, which you’d think would be a safe enough job. But, somehow, they manage to lose the map needed to guide his sleigh through the sky. How? Who knows – it’s Elf and Elfie we’re talking about! Will they manage to find the map in time for Christmas? Only one way to find out…

Tuesday 6th December
Christmas by Candlelight with the North East Concert Band @ Gibside

It’s the first full week of December, which means Christmas is very nearly upon us. If you’re sick of the Christmas shopping already though, then there’s somewhere you can go to have a retreat away from the hustle and bustle: Gibside. Down at the heritage site they’re putting on a variety of festive events across the month, but are doing something a bit different on Tuesday by presenting the North East Concert Band in the chapel by atmospheric candlelight. For the hungry, there’s mince pies too! It’s set to be a peaceful haven away from the high street.

Wednesday 7th December
Shifting Geographies @ mima, Middlesbrough

Running until Christmas Eve, Shifting Geographies might be one of the best artistic havens away from the rush of Christmas. The latest exhibition at mima focuses on the moving image practises of German-Armenian artist Aikaterini Gegisian, who is continuing her programme after the premiere of ‘My Pink City.’ Combining location shooting, found footage, and archival materials, Gegisian outlines how some individuals become dislocated from individuals while also mapping our collective experiences. It’s a thought-provoking mixture of place and people.

Thursday 8th December
The Wolf and Peter @ Dance City, Newcastle

The classic tale of The Wolf & Peter is being reimagined this week by the incredible dancers as CoisCeim Theatre. Here, the story is told through the medium of a break-dancing wolf – and if that’s not enough to get you interested then who knows what is! The richly theatrical production features a number of high-energy dance numbers that’s sure to delight kids, as well as live music performed on stage. It really will be breathing new life into a bona fide classic.

Friday 9th December
Convicts and Lunatics @ Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

Presented by the Red Ladder Theatre Company and Gracefool Collective, this double bill of theatrical mischief is drama and comedy at its best. In ‘Wrong ‘Un, A Suffragette Story,’ it’s 1918 and Parliament is about to grant votes for women; the one-woman show tells the tale of a Lancashire lass who went from the mills to the cells in search of democracy. Meanwhile, ‘This Really Is Too Much’ delves into the farcical, often unbelievable world of power struggles, where four women are bending over backwards to be whatever society suggests they should be. It’s not easy being a woman sometimes: Convicts and Lunatics will make that much clear.

Saturday 10th December
Santa’s Christmas Specials @ Locomotion, Shildon

We all know that when Santa delivers his presents, he does it by riding his sleigh powered by his trusty reindeers. But his reindeers must have needed a bit of time off because Father Christmas is making his way down to Locomotion this weekend to ride some of the trains and spread some festive cheer. In the first of the Christmas Specials weekend, each ticket will include a diesel train ride, magic show, craft activities, music and refreshments for both kids and adults – plus an early gift from the man himself! Can’t say fairer than that…

Sunday 11th December
Shappi Khorsandi @ The Stand, Newcastle

No matter what side of the various arguments you might agree with, unless you’ve been living away for quite some time then you’ve probably noticed that Britain’s been through quite a lot this year. Ace comedian Shappi Khorsandi certainly has. She’s sending a love letter to her adoptive homeland, and tackling everything from Morris dancers to Morrissey in-between. Even in these slightly uncertain times, Khorsandi’s humour and take on everything that’s great (and just a bit weird) about Britain is sure to put a smile on your face.


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