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Review

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.

Theatre

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
Heartbreak-Hill

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.

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.

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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

Theatre

The state of panto

Peter Lathan
Cinderella

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

North East Ghost Stories PART 1UPDATED

The woman who haunts Sunderland Empire Theatre

Peter Lathan

Molly Moselle (that was her stage name; her real name as Mary Burslem) was a dancer but, like most people in theatre then and now, she couldn’t always find get a performing job and was forced to take on other work, so in January 1949 she was an ASM (Assistant Stage Manager) on a touring […]

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Cinderella: the magic shines again at Darlington Hippodrome

Graham Clark
Cinderella at Darlington Hippodrome

Apparently Staffordshire University is offering the world’s first pantomime degree.  If anyone really needs to discover how a successful pantomime should be then the current production of Cinderella running at the Darlington Hippodrome is a masterclass in what makes the perfect panto: a good script, a wealth of talent, beautiful costumes and scenery along with great one […]

Crime fiction event in Whitley Bay features Ann Cleeves

North East Bylines

Simon Bewick and Victoria Watson, the team behind Virtual Noir at the Bar, have released tickets for their first physical event in Whitley Bay. Bay Tales Live, a one-day crime fiction festival for readers and writers, will be held at Whitley Bay Playhouse on Saturday, 12 Feb 2022 and will feature some of the most […]

MusicTribute

Remembering John Miles: his music still lives on

Graham Clark

“Music of the Future, Music of the past, to live without my music would be impossible to do because in this world of troubles my music pulls me through”. This is a true sentiment to many who hear those words when sung by singer songwriter and musician John Miles in his 1976 hit Music. Jarrow born, […]

Sam Fender talks about life on the road in new video

Graham Clark

Having just completed two huge sold-out shows at London’s Alexandra Palace, Sam Fender now talks about life on the road in a new On Tour video, presented by menswear specialists scotts.   The On Tour video was filmed at his recent gigs at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom. Sam is quizzed by members of his live band about every aspect of the touring experience, spanning everything from […]

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Gaze: do we still need theatre about women’s rights?

James Bailey

Gaze shows us the two worlds of two women, Alice Guy Blaché and Rose, spanning from the 1890s until now. We see the rise and fall of Alice’s career as the first female film maker, facing the challenges of betrayal and misogyny. Cut between this story we see our other protagonist, Rose, a modern day […]

Music

Gary Barlow shines in greatest hits tour

Graham Clark

If you are going to see Gary Barlow at the Newcastle Arena later this month you are in for a great evening. I went along to the Sheffield show, here is a taste of what to expect. Barlow arrives on stage at Sheffield Arena dressed in a cherry red suit, clicking his fingers as he […]

“Hostile environment brought to our doorsteps”: no to Hassockfield event today

Yvonne Wancke

Vulnerable women who are seeking sanctuary should be helped and supported, not locked up. In Consett today there is a demonstration against the opening of Derwentside (Hassockfield) Immigration Removal Centre (IRC). This demonstration is being organised by Durham People’s Assembly, No to Hassockfield and Abolish Detention. They also have support from many individuals and organisations […]

Music

Lindisfarne’s Geordie Genius: the Alan Hull story

North East Bylines

Brit Award winner Sam Fender goes in search of a musical hero from another era – the late, great, Alan Hull of Lindisfarne in this one-off BBC Four documentary. Sam is amazed how few people, outside of his native North East, know about his hero’s work. He’s now on a mission to win back Alan’s […]

Music

Interview with Ray Laidlaw from Lindisfarne

Graham Clark

Ray Laidlaw was the drummer in Lindisfarne up until 2003. With the BBC4 documentary on Alan Hull , interest in the North East band has been ignited again.  I spoke to Ray about the band, Alan Hull and of course those famous Top of the Pops appearances. Do you think Alan got the recognition he […]

Theatre

The return of the People’s Panto

North East Bylines

Once upon a time a beautiful Princess was placed under a terrible curse by the wicked fairy Carabosse! Just one prick of her finger and Princess Beauty would fall into a cursed sleep for 100 years only to be woken by true love’s kiss… With the help of the Queen and the hapless court jester […]

Interview

Interview with Jacky Collins aka Dr Noir

Abbie Rutherford

After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19, literary festival Newcastle Noir is bringing crime back to Newcastle’s City Library on 5 December 2021. I caught up with festival organiser Jacky Collins aka Dr Noir to talk about the festival and our love affair with crime fiction. Newcastle Noir originally started as a one-day event How […]

Lumiere in Durham: “In Our Hearts Blind Hope”

Aoifke Madeleine

Lumiere, the bi-annual event in Durham City Centre, returned this November. Europe’s largest light festival (in one of the UK’s smallest cities) attracts thousands of tourists, with tickets being free and local businesses taking part. Two years on from its last feature in 2019, there’s been an election, a pandemic that left the world in […]

MusicReview

Sam Fender: getting started in Leeds

Graham Clark

Going into HMV in Newcastle local Lad, Sam Fender’s new album, Seventeen Going Under stands proudly on the stands as one of the staff’s choices of what to listen to.  A small hand written note placed on the front of the vinyl edition of the album proudly says: “I saw Sam performing few years ago […]

Don’t forget the birds: a new film about leaving prison in Durham

Carol Westall

A new film, Don’t forget the birds will be released online as part of a collection of Open Clasp’s work to mark the UN’s 16 days of activism to eliminate violence. against women and girls. It will be available  25 November – 10 December. Don’t forget the birds tells the story of what happened after […]