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The Tragedy of Macbeth

Yvonne Wancke
The Tragedy of Macbeth

If you are already a Shakespeare fan or expert, then The Tragedy of Macbeth worth a watch. If you are new to Macbeth then this film is a great introduction.


Hair today…

Peter Lathan
Peter Lathan with long hair in Close the Coalhouse Door

I know that actually losing your hair as you get older is a common thing for men, but to keep the hair and lose the curl…


Human Nurture at Live Theatre

Carol Westall
Human Nurture

Exploring race, privilege, allyship and masculinity, Human Nurture tells the story of two ‘could-be’ brothers whose lives are cleaved when one is rehomed, and the other is left behind in the care system.

North East History

From the Bauhaus to the ‘Bottom House’ at Boosbeck

David Walsh

It was a fascinating cultural mix involved with the work camps: well-meaning aristocrats, trade unions, desperate unemployed miners, European students and now a group of upper-middle-class, left-wing, London musicians thrown into the cultural melting pot.

North East Ghost Stories Part 8

The ghosts of Chillingham Castle

Peter Lathan

Chillingham Castle, near Wooler on the English side of the Scottish Border, can lay claim to being not just one of most haunted stately home in the country but possibly the most haunted.

Poetry Corner


Bridget Enever

Weaving down roads I can flirt with the line
stitching up miles, I’m just chasing time

Whatever happened to the likely lads?

Phil Coghill
Whatever happened to the likely lads?

The original Likely Lads was a sitcom written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais that aired from 1964-1966 about two young working-class Geordies called Bob and Terry (Rodney Bewes and James Bolam) who loved beer, football, and girls.

North East HistoryPART 1

Twelfth Night: when the world was turned upside down in the North East

David Walsh
Lingdale Sword Dancers

The feast is normally celebrated on 6 January (marking the 12th day of Christmas), or on the Sunday following. It was popularly characterized as the weekend when ‘the world was turned upside down’; market towns and cities elected by lot ‘a Lord of Misrule’, masters became servants and servants masters – on a strict leash of course and normally for one day. This wasn’t just something we Brits got up to – it was similar to the continent

North East Ghost Stories PART 7

Haunted stately homes in the North East

Peter Lathan
Dunstanburgh Castle

The Stately Homes of England,Though rather in the lurch,Provide a lot of chancesFor Psychical Research –There’s the ghost of a crazy younger sonWho murdered, in thirteen fifty-one,An extremely rowdy NunWho resented it,And people who come to callMeet her in the hall.The baby in the guest wing,Who crouches by the grate,Was walled up in the west […]

North East Bylines: editor’s picks for 2021

North East Bylines
pen and paper

There were so many to choose from! Here are seven editor’s picks for 2021. In no particular order… North East Bylines began in July 2020. Issue 1 had 12 articles. Since then we have published 74 issues and over 1,300 articles. We have a team of well over 100 writers, 10 sub-editors, 3 illustrators and […]


The state of panto

Peter Lathan

As the panto season comes to a close Peter Lathan reflects on the region’s pantos and pantomime in general.