And not a wee piece of shortbread in sight
Our Friends from Further North is the name of the season and you can expect fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling and heart-wrenching and that’s just in the first performance Loud Poets! (14 & 15 March, Gosforth Civic Theatre). This will be a poetry event like you’ve never experienced before with an evening of poems brought to life by live musical accompaniment from the acclaimed Scottish band Ekobirds, with visuals and film titles from cinematographer Perry Jonsson. Since 2014 the award-winning Loud Poets have cemented their place as the top spoken word show at the Edinburgh Fringe and their appearance in Newcastle can safely be filed under “Eagerly Awaited”.
Moving into April look out for Hopeless by Leyla Josephine (pictured - 10-13 April, Alphabetti Theatre). Taking to the stage wrapped in a duvet and eating a full Vienetta (you go girl!) this former UK spoken word slam champion will be asking if we can really make a difference, through the medium of dark comedy and quick fire poetry.
Also in April is Tiger (10-13 April, Alphabetti Theatre) an interactive show with teeth inspired by computer games, David Lynch films, and Highland folk tales. This uproarious theatrical event will take in stories, poems and songs with no two performances the same.
A Night to Remember (14 April, Cobalt Studios) will be a gig of rare quality featuring Phil Odgers of The Men They Couldn’t Hang with renegade virtuoso Bobby Valentino.
Finally in April will be a screening of the Ealing comedy classic Whisky Galore! (19 April, Gosforth Civic Theatre) with whisky and chocolate pairings from Carruthers & Kent and North Chocolates.
Closing the festival will be Spontaneous Potter (11 May, Gosforth Civic Theatre). This will feature all your Hogwarts favourites starring in a subversive and naughty improv show from the Spontaneous Players who have won huge acclaim for their shows which are a real riot of fun.
CaroleW Productions have a philosophy for providing people with “a good night out” and, safe to say, there’s six good nights out coming your way over the coming months.More info, tickets, prices and times from: alphabettitheatre.co.uk; gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk; cobaltstudios.co.uk