This blog is a work in progress, the format is going to evolve when I work out exactly how it and the radio show are going to fit together to give you a taste of what's on in Newcastle (and anywhere else I end up, I get around!). I was tearing my hair out a little yesterday when I realised how long I had spent looking things up and putting them on here. Then I came back to rationality and realised...anyone can do a listings website, if they have staff and loads of man hours. Newcastle has too much on for one woman to handle alone.
This is more than a listings site. Its about what I find interesting about Newcastle, the variety of things to do. I'm sharing the things that really catch my eye, or ear, or imagination. And it means anything I mention on NE1 FM can be looked up on here. Click the pink links for websites, booking pages, band facebook pages. Try something different, go somewhere new. if I help you do that, I'm a happy blogger.
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Until Saturday 17th November
Opera North are doing a number of productions at the Theatre Royal including Faust, The Makropulos Case, and Don Giovanni. Don Giovanni is on until Saturday, and is based on the legends of the young libertine seducer, Don Juan and is played out with the music of Mozart. The story follows the outrageous selfish abusive young nobleman until he finally meets his match.
Friday 16th November
Live Theatre : Theatre Uncut...a selection of pieces written by people from many different countries. They were asked to write something that reflected the political situation in their country.
Saturday 17th November
Agnes and Walter: a Little Love Story. A dance production at Dance City, telling a story of commitment, desire and a garden shed.
Saturday 17th November - 5th January 2013
The Little Detective Agency: for children under 7 but fun for everyone. At Northern Stage and all about a Christmas stay at Grandma's where the children unearth a mystery that they, The Little Detective Agency must solve, to save the family!
Monday 19th - Saturday 24th November
Fawlty Towers: The Dining Experience. At Pasqualino's in the Theatre Royal. Interactive Theatre International bring the whole Fawlty Towers experience to life. You get a 3 course lunch or dinner served in a 2 hour interactive experience with Basil, Sybil and Manuel.
Tuesday 20th November - Saturday 24th November
Ersatz by Kevan Ogden at the People's Theatre. A family unravels when the mother is suspended from her job in a school for attacking a pupil. Strong language and adult themes. Winner of the biennial "People's Play" competition.
Thursday 22nd November
The Nutcracker: at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, adaptation by the Moscow Ballet of the classic magical story of toys coming to life.
Take Ten at the Cumberland Arms in Ouseburn. 10 performers get 10 minutes to entertain you, with spoken word. you pay £4 and they serve cracking real ale. Smiley face!
26th November - 1st December
Bill Kenwright's Soul Sister: the story of Ike and Tina Turner, at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Westgate Road.
Thursday 15th November
Half Man Half Biscuit formed in Birkenhead in the early 80's and famous for quite northern humour and socially conscious songs, HMHB are back! at the O2 Academy.
Broom Bezzums at the Cumberland Arms : an acoustic folk duo, check out their website. And this video Cold House. Lovely stuff.
Friday 16th November
Faderhead at Legends supported by Paresis and the.invalid . Angry punky electro with killer riffs and dirty beats! Stay for Tech Noir club.
The Return of David Rodigan + Tom Caulker + Lively up at World Headquarters Reggae loveliness in a club scene.
Spring Offensive, Victory at Sea and Tessera Skies at the Head of Steam.
Ben Howard and Willie Mason at the O2 Academy
2 Hogs at O'Neils:
Lionel Richie and Phillipa Hanna at the Metro Radio Arena. Hello?
Saturday 17th November
Join in and Sing (Gentlemen Please!). A day of singing intruction and rehearsal with "Inspiration"'s music director Gary Griffiths. At the Sage Gateshead.
House of the Golden Lotus....more theatre than music but hey. Cabaret entertainment, real burlesque, circus freakery, and a freaky medical theme. Dress to distress! At Red's Bar at Northumbria University.
Frank Turner is at the O2 Academy supported by Jim Lockey and The Solemn Sun + Tim Barry.
Sunday 18th November
Brass in Concert Championship at the Sage Gateshead (including Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Reg Vardy Band and the Brighouse Rastrick Band. Get into brass! Starts 9am...big day!
Clock Opera at Newcastle University Students Union. Tickets available here.
Tuesday 20th November
David Essex at Newcastle City Hall..the "Rock Tour"
Thursday 22nd November
Magnum at O2 Academy.....wee Bob Catley struts his stuff and fills the air with vocal drama!
Pigeon Detectives with support from my favourite local anthemic indie rocksters This Ground Moves. At Newcastle University Student Union.
If you fancy listening to comedians talking about comedy, do visit Koastradio.co.uk weekly radio show 10pm to 1am.
Alternatively there are some comedy gigs coming up:
23rd and 24th November
Grinning Idiot is hosting "What Would Beyonce Do?" by Luisa Omielan who was a big hit in Edinburgh. Tweet #WhatwouldBeyoncedo or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the kids ... Comic spooky author Gareth P Jones is at 7 Stories in Ouseburn reading from his "Constable and Toop" books. Age is 8+. Children are encouraged to dress up spooooookily! Tickets are free but book here.
Charlie Chuck, Sara Pascoe and Patrick Monahan, (all off the telly!) 26th of November at Venue, High Street West Sunderland.Contact Stephen Cuthbert for tickets.
Kirkley Hall Christmas Fair 10-4 on 17th and 18th November.
In addition to the new tourist attraction Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, where members of the public can see a range of animals from all over the world, there will be live entertainment, a raffle, a coconut shy and a hog roast.
For the children there will be a Santa’s Grotto, balloon modelling, fairground rides, face painting and arts and crafts workshops. There will be approximately 150 stalls, where local businesses will be selling a varied range of their handmade gifts, toys, authentic crafts and tasty food from around the region.
Enchanted Parks, now in its 6th year, is an innovative after-dark outdoor arts experience developed and co-commissioned by NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council and produced by Magnetic Events as part of the annual NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival. Session Information Wednesday 5 to Sunday 9 December from 4.30pm to 9.30pm