Thursday, 30 January 2014

Great Man Theory M.O.B. out 31/01/2013

Great Man Theory release their new single M.O.B.

M.O.B. is bursting onto the rock scene on 31st January 2013. And it is another work of brilliance from this band. Great Man Theory are all about delivering a commanding live show, brimming with energy, tenacity and captivating performance. The powerful drums combined with deep, groove-laden bass lines provide a dynamic rhythm section to accompany a unique vocal sound and attention grabbing lead section.
With influence from the likes of Black Stone Cherry, Stone Temple Pilots and Heavens Basement, Great Man Theory serve up a new breed of modern, alternative rock music.
Undiluted attitude and sincere song-writing, alongside an unrelenting drive to be at the forefront of British rock music, make Great Man Theory one of the most exciting unsigned bands in the UK.
2013 saw the release of their debut single Let Him In which proved to be an overwhelming success, receiving critical acclaim and the video being shown at a rare one off expose at Tyneside Cinema. This had deserved airplay on the Jowheretogo Show on NE1fm and rock specialist John Jobling's Hawaay 61 show. The appeal of this music is not limited to any age group, just to lovers of great, well-constructed and well played rock music.
Great Man Theory are : Great Man Theory are:
James Smithells - Lead Vocals and Guitar Rob Jarvis - Lead Guitar and Vocals Jona Old - Bass Matt Absolon - Drums

"A ballsack rippingly awesome kick to the groin of grungy, rocky, bluesy goodness." (The Colony)
"This band simply have to be seen live, they are full of rock attitude with a blues intelligence that shines through the rawness." (Jo Oliver of Jowheretogo)
Photo ©Jowheretogo

M.O.B. will be available on ITunes from 31st January 2014

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Monday, 27 January 2014

@Russell_Kane is coming to #BarnardCastle with @funnywaytobe

TV star brings work-in-progress show to Barnard Castle

Join award-winning comedian Russell Kane as he tries out material ahead of a national tour in 2015.
In his first ever appearance in Barnard Castle, Kane will play the newly-refurbished Witham Hall on Saturday 7 June for Funny Way To Be Comedy Club.
This is your chance to see the host of BBC Three’s Live At The Electric in an intimate setting, back on stage, doing what he does best.
Peter Dixon, of Funny Way To Be Comedy Club, said: "We are delighted to have Russell Kane perform for us as he prepares for his next show. 
“I was thrilled when Russell got in touch himself having heard good things about our previous shows. 
“The evening is going to be an intimate experience and a great chance for his fans in the North East to see him in a much smaller venue than he usually performs in."
Winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2010 and the Barry Award the following year, Kane has firmly established himself as one the best comics in the UK today.
A regular on both Radio and TV panel shows, Russell has appeared on Celebrity Juice (ITV), The Apprentice: You're Fired (BBC2), Set List (Sky Atlantic) and Morgan Spurlock's New Britannia (Sky Atlantic), Mock the Week (BBC2), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), is a regular guest on The Wright Stuff (Five), It’s Your Round (BBC Radio 4), Just a Minute (BBC Radio 4), A Good Read (BBC Radio 4) and Britain’s Got More Talent (ITV2), to name but a few.
His own BBC Three show, Live At The Electric, returned for a third series in January 2014.
Tickets for Russell Kane (WIP) go on general sale at 9am on Saturday 18 January from, priced £15.
Russell joins a host of star-studded names coming to The Witham in the coming months:
·          Former Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Jenny Éclair comes to town with an Eclarious new show on March 1st.
·          The top American comedy trio The Reduced Shakespeare perform The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) on the March 15th.
·          Matt Richardson was a huge success hosting the Funny Way To Be comedy gala in September 2013, and he’s returning to Barnard Castle for his only North East date on his first tour – Hometown Hero – on March 22nd.
·          Another tour landing in Teesdale next year is Mike Wozniak’s fantastic Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated show, Take the Hit, on April 26th.
·          Funny Way To Be favourite Craig Campbell returns to Barnard Castle for our Whit Weekend show on May 24th.
·          Pete Firman brings his extraordinary magic show to The Witham on June 21st.
·          Mock The Week star Jo Caulfield performs her new show, Better The Devil You Know, in Barnard Castle on July 19th after a sell-out performance here in 2012.
·          And Lucy Beaumont and Patrick Monahan – who makes an appearance on the second series of ITV’s diving show Splash ­– close our summer season with previews of their brand new Edinburgh Fringe shows on July 26th.
All Funny Way To Be shows start at 8.00pm. Doors are 7.30pm

Tickets for all Funny Way To Be shows are on sale now at

Early announcement...@BigCountryUK Headline @CorbridgeFest 2014 with @ChrisHelme !

Headlining the Main Stage at Corbridge Festival 2014

Big Country are an Internationally renowned Scottish Rock Band originally formed in 1981 by guitar playing founder members Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson.
 The band broke massively worldwide with the release of the album’s classic singles ‘Fields Of Fire’, ‘Chance’ and their signature song ‘In A Big Country’, which went on to become massive worldwide hits, selling over 2 million copies and driving ‘The Crossing’ to 3 prestigious Grammy nominations in the USA.
 The run of success continued throughout the 1980′s with the release of the anthemic single ‘Wonderland’ and the second album ‘Steeltown’ (1984), which debuted at No1 in the UK. The third album 'The Seer' included the No1 hit 'Look Away'. The band continued their success through the 90’s taking the total record sales to well over five million copies.
 In the summer of 2010, to celebrate 30 years of Big Country, the band reunited and two years of intense and emotional shows followed with the ‘new’ Big Country fuelled by a renewed energy and once again revelling in the dreams and visions that had brought them together in the first place, finding instant and respectful acceptance by fans and critics alike.
 Since then, the band have performed at many of the UK and Europe’s most famous festivals, including Isle Of Wight (Twice), V Festival, T In The Park, creating a new generation of fans and renewing the passion for diehards. The Summer of 2014 will bring Big Country to the Northumberland Countryside where they will headline the 4th Corbridge Festival.

Headlining in The Acoustic Tent

Chris Helme first rose to prominence as the front man of John Squire’s post-Stone Roses band ‘The Seahorses’ released his brand new solo album on the 27th of August 2012. Still rightfully remembered for Britpop classics Love Is The Law and Blinded By The Sun – songs that evoked everything the 90’s stood for, the excitement, the culture and the bands that provided a voice in a period of political and social imbalance.

Chris’ enviable back catalogue, bolstered further by his acclaimed works with The Yards, but it’s The Rookery’s knack for melody and imaginative, intricate, three-way guitar interplay that brings each track to such lush, blossoming, climaxes. Add to this Chris’ keen ear for arranging and those brooding string passages which resonate even more deeply.  Melodies rooted in traditional folk are reimagined on an album of rich variation, testament to his most powerful weapon – his voice.  From the earliest days of his career Chris’ voice has always commanded attention, and The Rookery’s variation is seemingly bound by this one continuous thread. Enjoy!

Monday, 20 January 2014

Review: Avenues at The Dog And Parrot 17/01/2014

In the cosy surroundings of the Dog and Parrot the gigs was opened by the female-fronted and largely acoustically driven King's Collection. The audience participation bit came from This House, This Home, with syncopated clappy bits.The five-piece don't shy away from rock fuelled drama, however, as demonstrated in Drunk. They have an EP coming out soon, keep an eye on their website.
The King's Collection Photo ©Jowheretogo

Next up were new indie rockers Coquin Migale. They were kindly giving away their new EP Yellow Room and you can still get hold of it on their Bandcamp Page. They specialise in songs that move from the ethereal, with ringing guitars and angelic vocals(I'm sure he'll hate that description) from Alex Soper, to dramatic . My current favourite of theirs is Icarus with its shifts and turns and catchy guitars and chorus. Like King's Collection before them, though, Coquin were plagued by poor sound. This sometimes cannot be helped. I know the music well enough to know the band played well. Catch them this coming Friday again at the Dog and Parrot with Cairns and Back Into The Wild.

Then there was a stark contrast as the stage was taken by the Dirty Berkshire Gentlemen's Club. Anarchy and a genuine punk sound and attitude drove the performance with a grungey edge which is a welcome sound to my old ears. Definitely go see this band if you like fast moving rock and a fun night and don't mind the risk of being hit by stage kit.
The Dirty Berkshire Gentlemen's Club ©

Avenues took the stage to promote their new single My Days, My Afternoons which you can have a listen to on their Soundcloud. Avenues demonstrate quality songwriting, with emotive twists and turns and an incredibly tight live performance. Songs of love and youthful tribulations were performed brilliantly with the sound finally falling into place. Avenues sound a lot further on in their career than they actually are and should be taking their rightful place on the airwaves within the next year. We can hope.
Avenues Photo ©Jowheretogo

Thursday, 9 January 2014

@CBeebiesfun @AlexWintersTV to host special pantomime performance at @TheatreRoyalNew

CBeebies presenter Alex Winters will be in town next week when he hosts the first relaxed performance of the Theatre Royal’s pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk.

Many of us in the North East join a queue at Newcastle Theatre Royal each year to experience the magic of one of the biggest and best pantomimes in the country, but this year that magic will be spread even further as the Theatre Royal puts on their first ‘Relaxed Performance’.

Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder into theatres to give those who otherwise might feel excluded the chance to experience live theatre. This is a specialist provision created to provide an opportunity for people who would otherwise find it difficult to go and see a show  – for example people who make involuntary noise, or are likely to need to talk a lot, or move around. During a regular performance this can disturb the other audience members, and the show, but at a relaxed performance it’s expected that the auditorium will be noisy and a supportive atmosphere is created.

Alex Winters will host the relaxed performance, which is showing at 11am on Tuesday 14th January. Alex has been a regular on CBeebies since 2009, presenting popular shows such as Discover and Do and The Bedtime Hour. He will be engaging with the audience and introducing the characters prior to the show and following the show will host a Q&A with the cast.

Relaxed performances were originally developed specifically for young people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition and were called ‘Autism Friendly’ performances.  However, as they are also suitable for people with learning disabilities and sensory and communication disorders, the more inclusive term ‘Relaxed Performance’ was adopted.

These performances have been developed over several years at a handful of theatres in the UK with the support of national charities such as the National Autistic Society and Contact A Family, plus the regular feedback and support of families, carers and adults with autism. Autism now affects around one in 100 children. 

The show will have a less formal, more supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety levels. Lighting and special effects will be slightly altered – including removing strobes and flashing lights and reducing very loud noises, however the content of the show will not be specifically changed so there is no worry of losing the magic of pantomime along the way!

The offering of a Relaxed Performance extends far before the show itself. The Theatre Royal will work with patrons in the lead up to the performance, ensuring they have everything they need to prepare them for their visit to the theatre. Patrons will be sent a visual story detailing what they can expect to happen on the day of the show. This will depict what they can expect on arrival at the theatre, the plot of the show, images of the performance and actors, and details of any difficult to comprehend scenes.

Angela Slater, Equalities Coordinator at Time To Change, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Newcastle Theatre Royal are taking this step towards making the theatre an experience that can be enjoyed by more and more people including those on the autistic spectrum and those who have communication, learning or sensory needs. Going to a pantomime is an experience that many children and adults look forward to and enjoy during the winter season and this relaxed and supportive session should make it possible for even more to take part.”

Pat Bolton, Participation Practitioner at Gateshead based Parent/Carer Forum, Parents in Power, said: “For children with Autism and other Leaning Disabilities attending a theatre performance can be extremely difficult. It is great that a magnificent place such as the Theatre Royal recognises this and is happy to put on a relaxed performance of Jack and the Beanstalk where children can begin to enjoy the theatre. I hope this will be a success with more to follow for the whole family to enjoy.”

This performance was made possible thanks to a sizable donation from Benfield Motor Group.

Philip Bernays, Chief Executive of Newcastle Theatre Royal, said: “We are absolutely delighted be able to welcome a new audience to the experience of live theatre with our first Relaxed Performance. We believe our pantomime is the perfect show as it provides something for everyone, young and old alike. We are working hard, alongside local charities, planning the performance to make sure that all patrons feel as comfortable as possible and experience the magic of pantomime. I would like to extend my thanks Benfield Motor Group for their kind donation, which will go a long way in helping to produce this show.”

Mark Squires, Benfield Charitable Trust, said “We were delighted support the relaxed pantomime performance and help make sure the performance could go ahead. We are a local business with family values so it’s great to see the kids enjoying themselves and taking part in this extra special event.”

Jack and the Beanstalk – Relaxed Performance appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal on Tuesday 14 January 2014. Tickets are £8.50 (a booking fee of 95p - £1.95 will apply to most tickets) and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or select your own seat and book online .

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Act Positive for A Change For The Better in the Workplace

Using Drama to Solve All Those Workplace.....Dramas!

Your office, your shop, your lab, or call centre at times can be a little fraught. Maybe there's an atmosphere you just can't put your finger on. Whatever it is it is affecting your colleagues' performance. Some people may be unduly stressed, a bit fed up with their jobs, or even depressed.

In-house training can help. Staff training can be dull, let's face it. Being told the obvious by people who don't know you or your workplace environment. There is another way.

Act Positive works with you to find exactly to right kind of training. A bespoke package that deals with the issues in your particular workplace. Using fiction and drama with professional actors, behaviours that damage the working environment can be challenged without pointing the finger at real people. Watching a situation unfold helps people question their own behaviours and their reactions to other people's behaviours. At the same time staff feel entertained. These are really good actors and the situations are well-written.

Also available are specially constructed videos to help with whatever problems are occuring within your workforce. Read more about Act Positive on their website and don't hesitate to get in touch.

A little investment in this kind of training can pay dividends in productivity, and let's face it no one likes working in a miserable workplace. Small changes and learning a bit of emotional intelligence can make a lot of difference. We spend so much time at work, lets make it as pleasant as possible, to get the best out of the workforce.

Here's a little video about choosing training for your workplace. VIDEO

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Gateshead Beer Fest 2014! Music Beer and more!

Gateshead Beer Festival 2014...get those tickets!

Happy new year folks, do you realise that it's 4 months to the day that the Gateshead Beer & Music Festival takes place... It's hard to image it's 8 months since the last one.
The team are currently in the latter of the planning stages however they are "still looking for Sponsors "..... If you are interested then please contact us at
One thing we can report, is yet another exciting music line up for our fifth festival...
Each year Their music line-ups get bigger and better whilst still supporting the every growing local music scene...
Let's start by previewing the line up for Friday 2nd May 2014
Local boys Smoove & Turrell will be headlining on Friday 2nd May in which promises to be an amazing night. 
Smoove & Turrell have quickly become the nation’s favourite live funk & soul outfit & have gained popularity and recognition from some of the UK’s most esteemed music outputs.
John Turrell’s incredible blues laden soulful voice has been compared to the Rat Pack via Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder and it’s this powerhouse that works perfectly with a band produced by long time funk and soul figurehead Smoove. ‘A world class producer who has finally found a world class singer and lyricist to work with.’
The Singles ‘I Can’t Give You Up’, ‘You Don’t Know’, and ‘Beggarman’ from their debut album Antique Soul gave them two BBC Radio 2 Record Of The Week listings, Playlisting’s on BBC 6 Music and rave revues across the board including Craig Charles on his prime time BBC 6 Music Funk and Soul Show. The lads come to Gateshead Beer Festival having headlined stages of 10,000 fans at Glastonbury Festival, playing at the Royal Albert Hall to John Turrell fronting the BB6 Fantasy Funk band at Hyde park last year.
Also on the same bill is the hugely talented Mike Memphis - Elvis Experience
2013 has been a fantastic year for “Mike Memphis and The Elvis Experience”. Regular bookings, referrals and re-bookings for 2014. Testament to the quality of the show is that Mike is now being offered work World wide, most recently Mike performed at the fabulous Atlantis Palm in Dubai- a venue most artists could only dream of performing at.
Mikes popularity continues to grow with his website reaching over 82,000 hits since it was set up in Jan 2010. He also has over 4,000 members of his Facebook fan club, made up of people young and old from all over the World.
Mike is a full recognised member of A.P.EP.T.A. (Association of Professional Elvis Presley Tribute Artists).  This is an Elvis show `In the style` of Elvis, giving a top class, professional show, where entertainment is the top priority. This show has already played at the Journal Tyne Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne, to a full house.
Scenes will be joining Smoove & Turrell  & Mike Memphis, they are a 5 piece Indie / Electronic band hailing from Newcastle upon Tyne. With members originally in separate bands, Scenes came together to create a more powerfully driven sound creating the music they love. Abstract sounds, catchy guitar riffs and sing along lyrics, they're ready to hit the live scene around the north east and wherever possible.

The line up for Saturday 3rd May 2014
Big Red & the Grinners will be headlining on Saturday 3rd May in which promises to be an unforgettable set.

Big Red & the Grinners are a bunch of like-minded musicians who are willing to take a risk, be different and most of all- be unpredictable in the choice and style of songs. After putting together a band consisting of vocals, banjo, guitar, accordion, double bass and stand up snare & wah-wah washboard, a set was put together which featured influences ranging from Hayseed Dixie to serious American roots folk music.
One of the unique features of this band, is how they appear to move seamlessly from the likes of an absurd version of Technotronic’s ‘Pump Up the Jam’ to Tony Rice’s bluegrass classic ‘Freeborn Man’, or from Jay Z’s ’99 Problems’ to Kelly Joe Phelps’ masterpiece of folk ‘Window Grin’.
Glam Rock comes to Gateshead in the form of The Sleeze Sisters.

The Sleeze Sisters are the North Easts top Glam Rock Band, a five piece band consisting of Bass, Drums, Guitars, Sax and Front Man.
If you’re looking for a mad night out then lock up your grannies and throw on your heels as the Sisters are in town. A 70's glam rock band who are guaranteed to entertain. Performing numbesuch as Sweet, T-Rex, Mud, Alice Cooper, David Bowie....just to name a feWe count ourselves fortunate to have Antonio Lulic & John Parker making their Gateshead Beer Festival Debut.
Raised in the North East of England, son to a South American exile and a lass from the pit village of Trimdon, Antonio Lulic is a folk-rock singer-songwriter whose deep and gravelly vocal combines with a powerful yet intimate lyrical style to deliver passionate and uniquely soulful music.
It’s perhaps because of this humble beginning that Antonio is no stranger to hard work. Since the release of his debut EP, ‘Becomes Unstoppable‘, at the start of 2010, Antonio has toured relentlessly; performing for audiences all over London, up and down the UK, across Europe and all over the USA, building a loyal fanbase spread across the globe.
While on tour at the end of 2011 with international number one artist Ed Sheeran, Antonio released his acoustic EP ‘Rough‘. Then after spending November touring the UK and France with fellow London singer-songwriters Ryan Keen and Kal Lavelle, Antonio took off back to the USA in the spring of 2012, to perform on a showcase stage at the SXSW Music festival in Austin, Texas for the third year in a row; a performance that music blog Twangville called ‘Captivating’.
2013 was once again a busy year of touring for Antonio culmulating in supporting Ed Sheeran in New York in October.
John Parker who will be accompanying Antonia is one half of chart topping duo Nizlopi as well as a session musician for the likes of Newton Faulkner, Ryan Keen, Paper Aeroplanes & Ed Sheeran.
The Sour Mash trio are a Tyneside band will be bringing their own brand of Bluegrass with a ‘twangy’ rockabilly blues sound.
"I particularly enjoy the way they are able to capture music akin to the Sun Sound. Without it sounding contrived, but be as much part of them as lyrics they write. Of which ‘Someday I’m Gonna Leave This Town’ and ‘Drinkin’ And Carrying On’ suited both the venue and evening perfectly. Nice one, boys!" - Maurice Hope Jumpin Hot Club

 The line up for Sunday 4th May 2014

After a brilliant closing set last year Bessie & the zinc buckets will be back to headline on Sunday 4th May in which promises to be an unforgettable set.Hill-billy bluegrass, some rock and roll, and some classic rock sounds from Black Sabbath, or U2. Random versions of the music of Dark Side of The Moon with the lyrics of Dire Straits Money for Nothing, which last heard in the Maggie back in May 2010. How about the family favorite Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, or even the pop classic sounds of The Bay City Rollers.  Anything is possible as they don't actually plan a gig, they play requests, no matter what they will have a go at it.
Joining Bessie will be Charlotte Yanni, the French Singer Songwriter sensation is based in England but has toured her own eclectic mix of musical styles throughout Europe for several years. Charlotte and her brilliant band will be busy performing new songs and old favourites in pubs, clubs and festivals throughout the year.The debut album entitled "Accidentally on Purpose" is now out. You can Order Online or purchase at HMV in South Shields or Durham.Making his Gateshead Beer festival debut will be Peter Donegan, Peter son of Lonnie is a talented musician in his own right. He has joined force with the band that toured with the legend for the last 30 years. For those of you who saw Lonnie Donegan perform in more recent years, then you will instantly recognise them. Peter is not only a talented performer but also a talented songwriter. Having developed his own style, Peter accompanied by the Lonnie Donegan Band will perform some of Lonnie's classics such as "Putting On The Style", "Have a Drink On Me", "Rock Island Line", and "Pick a Bale of Cotton" to name just a few. But they also delve into some of Lonnie's lesser, known recordings. This combined with original numbers written by Peter adds up to a great night of Skiffle, Blues, Jazz and a lot of foot-stomping fun!

Northstar are a north-east based 6 piece with male and female lead vocalists covering a wide and eclectic range of pop, rock, and bluesy soul covers – from classic 60’s and 70’s hits to contemporary floor fillers (primal scream, thicke, stones, kings of leon, daft punk, beatles, t rex, cee lo green and many more). Wide range of events catered for – festivals, weddings, birthdays and of course pubs n clubs. The band can also offer a ‘liveoke’ option where audience members are invited to jump on stage backed by the band and belt out any of the existing repertoire (help supplied). Band = Paul Drums, Chris Guitar, Pete Bass, Emma Keys, Joe and Gail Vocals / Harp / Tambo / Patter..
Kicking the proceedings off within the festival bar are will be George Welch. George  is a North East institution and one of the finest entertainers to come out of Tyneside. As well as being a wonderful comedian he has a voice of astonishing richness... 'molasses for your ears'. As a guitarist he has long been sought after, both as a soloist and as an accompanist, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Sean MacGuire. As one half of the legendary Cheap Sunglasses Serenaders he conquered the national comedy circuit, and now as a soloist his shows are among the most popular in the North East, appreciated not just by lovers of folk music, but anyone looking for a fun and entertaining night out.
Don't miss George... You'll regret it... Wonderful singer, songwriter, musician and an all round funny guy.
There will be further announcements regarding one or two bands who we are yet to announce.
So where can you catch all of this? The festival takes place in the picturesque grounds of Gateshead Rugby Football club based in Lowfell in Gateshead. With the music taking place in a large heated marque, so come rain or shine you'll always be able to enjoy the music in comfort.
For further info regarding tickets etc go to our website at or check us out on Twittter or Facebook.



This winter, unwrap a tasty new treat with Scottish Ballet’s fantastical Hansel & Gretel at Newcastle Theatre Royal, 29 Jan – 1 Feb. This delightfully inventive, brand new Hansel & Gretel takes creative twists and turns inspired by the Grimm Brother's famous fairy tale – and the stories and imagination of the people of Scotland, gathered from a year-long country-wide initiative called Hansel & Gretel, and Me.

Hansel & Gretel is Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Director Christopher Hampson’s first choreography for the company and Scottish Ballet’s first new Christmas ballet in six years - it promises a carousel of delicious treats from start to finish!

“I’d had ideas about Hansel & Gretel as a ballet for a number of years.  But it wasn’t until I joined Scottish Ballet and realised the potential to involve the people of Scotland that I began to think about bringing the ballet to the stage in a different way” says Artistic Director Christopher Hampson.

Hansel & Gretel has been pieced together following a revolutionary creative project called Hansel & Gretel, and Me. The project invited participants of all ages from across Scotland to engage with their national dance company, with the potential for them to help shape Scottish Ballet's new production of Hansel & Gretel.  Participants aged from 5 years to senior years enjoyed the opportunity to express their own ideas of what Hansel & Gretel meant to them through creative writing programmes, a series of cross-generational dance performances in woodland areas and a visual art competition.

The culmination of this ambitious project will present the opportunity for 15 gifted, young dancers in Newcastle to work directly with Christopher Hampson and perform alongside the full Scottish Ballet company when the production comes to the Theatre Royal in January.

Former dancer-turned-designer Gary Harris said: “The production is set in a time that has that warm ‘Bisto-gravy family’ feel – but there is also some real fairy-tale sparkle and even costumes inspired by the glamour of Grace Kelly.”

“We decided we wanted to keep the whole thing in the forest, quite a dark, black forest which remains throughout the whole work and plays its own part – completely surrounding Hansel and Gretel. There are wonderful moments including toys that come to life and an incredible big banquet which becomes completely over the top and magical.”

With Hansel & Gretel comes the famous Engelbert Humperdinck score - which will be performed live in a unique reinterpretation by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

“The Humperdinck score is charmingly melodic and has a wonderful dancing quality especially in the scenes for Hansel and Gretel,” says Scottish Ballet’s Principal Conductor Richard Honner.

Visit the Kids Zone at for lots of fun facts, games, challenges and even a recipe for a special Witches Brew.

Scottish Ballet’s Hansel and Gretel appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Wednesday 29 January – Saturday 1 February (Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees: Thursday and Saturday, 2pm). Tickets are available from £10.50 (booking fees apply). Family tickets available, groups of 4 (max 2 adults) please ask Box Office for details. Tickets can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or select your own seat and book online at

@PamRoyleITV steps out in support of the @TheatreRoyalNew

Pam Royle steps out in support of the Theatre Royal

ITV Tyne Tees anchorwoman, Pam Royle is to host a special fundraising event at Newcastle Theatre Royal next week. Pam has been a familiar face in the north for 30 years and is known for giving much of her personal time and support to a number of North East charities, and the Theatre Royal is set to join the list.

Pam Royle will host the event at the Theatre Royal on Monday 13 January alongside local artist Alexander Millar, who has produced a brand new oil painting featuring his infamous ‘gadgie’ in support of the Theatre Royal, the auction of which will begin on the evening.

Alexander Millar is one of the UK's most popular contemporary artists. His paintings, collected by art lovers and celebrities across the globe, are inspired by the working men and women of his childhood, affectionately termed ‘gadgie’. In this new piece, My Way, the ‘gadgie’ takes centre stage and has been proudly produced in support of Newcastle Theatre Royal.

Long-time friend and fan of Alexander Millar’s work, Pam Royle said of her involvement: “I’m delighted to host the evening, which is sure to be a memorable one, Alexander’s story is quite something – having never trained as an artist and now being one of the most popular in the country is quite inspirational. Plus, to be able to help raise money for the Theatre Royal in Newcastle is a great honour for me.”

The silent auction for the My Way oil painting will be launched at the free event taking place at the Theatre Royal on the Monday 13 January. Audiences will hear Millar talking about his journey from the building sites of Glasgow to his acclaimed paintings, exhibitions and celebrity collectors, and he will also be painting live on stage. An original pencil sketch and an original charcoal by Millar will also be auctioned on the night by Mike Walker, auctioneer and husband of Pam Royle, as well as one lucky member of the audience receiving a free signed limited edition print of My Way. There will also be a question and answer session with the audience, giving fans and art newbies alike a rare opportunity to engage with the world renowned artist.

Most importantly, the event will launch the silent auction of the original oil painting My Way. The auction will run for four weeks and will be managed by Castle Fine Art, situated not far from the Theatre Royal, on Grey Street. Washington Green, owners of Castle Fine Art, galleries will donate a percentage of the proceeds raised from the auction to the Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust, as well as a percentage of any sales of the limited edition prints of My Way.

The winner of the silent auction will not only receive the Alexander Miller original painting, but will be supporting a great venue, important to Newcastle, in the process.

Philip Bernays, Chief Executive of the Theatre Royal said Pam Royle’s involvement in the evening made it extra special. “Pam is such a well-loved and well-known personality and we’re thrilled that she’ll be taking us through the evening. We’ve had a fantastic response from the public, with around 70% of our allocated tickets being snapped up in the first two weeks since launch but there are still some seats left for those last minute bookings!”

The Silent Auction Launch with Alexander Millar hosted by Pam Royle takes place on Monday 13 January at 6.30pm running until 7.45pm. The event is free but will be ticketed. Tickets can be reserved via the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or select your own seat and book online at

Monday, 6 January 2014

Fallen Angels Cheerleaders Need YOU!

Throw Yourself Into Something New!

Previously known as Northern Lights, the Fallen Angels Cheerleaders are an exciting squad who like to perform to rock music and walk on the wild, creative side! They meet up Sunday mornings, 11am-1pm at Heaton Community Centre.
If you've always wanted to try cheer but fancy something a little different, why not pop along and see them. No experience is necessary, just 100% enthusiasm and a good team ethic. Learn dance, stunts, jumps and tumbling - keep fit and have fun. They can offer advertising space on posters/uniforms/banners, and also manpower for things like car washes etc. They're open to all ages and currently compete at least once a year.

The Fallen Angels are recruiting now and you can go to their open day on 26th January-

"The whole point of FAC is that anyone can join, train and compete. It doesn’t matter what you can already do or not do, we will teach you the skills and teamwork needed to be a cheerleader, and feel an immense sense of pride in doing so. We’ve had all sort of people pass through the ranks – boys, girls, men, women, people of all ethnicities, disabled people, people who have been bullied, people with confidence problems – they have all been accepted, loved, and have stepped out on that competition mat with confidence. "

Get fit, make friends and astonish yourself with what you can achieve with the squad!

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