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Back With a Bang

After an extensive refit, one of the region’s finest venues – The Gosforth Civic Theatre – opens again this August with a programme that’ll knock your socks off.

Bringing people together. That’s Gosforth Civic Theatre’s motto, and they’ll be doing just that over the coming months courtesy of a programme that is overflowing with thrills. Reopening the venue will be the ever-brilliant Kate Fox (pictured - 25 August). Blending stand-up and spoken word, she will be examining neurodiversity in her own unique way – through the lens of Doctor Who. We don’t have room to mention all the good stuff coming our way here, but we must flag up an appearance from Kathryn Tickell (2 September) who will be bringing along her stellar band to conjure up spirits from ancient Northumbria. More local musical heroes will be on hand when Paul Smith (Maxïmo Park) and Peter Brewis (Field Music) rummage through their eclectic record collections for a DJ-driven night going under the moniker Midnight Callers (15 September). Top quality drama has always been part of the theatre’s make-up and their new season includes a performance of Unfolding Theatre’s A Street Like This (28 September). It’s a piece about how unexpected friendships can arise when something unforeseen happens. One of the most eagerly awaited events this autumn will be the Beyond the Moor Festival (14 October). This day-long celebration will be the place to be if you want to catch the best in local and national artists playing contemporary, alternative and traditional folk and roots music. Music lovers should also ink an appearance from Hejira into their diaries (9 November). This seven-piece band, fronted by the outstanding vocalist/guitarist Hattie Whitehead, capture the poetry, passion and beauty of one of the world’s greatest songwriters: Joni Mitchell. The theatre will also host workshops; a live version of the ever-popular podcast ‘Pod on the Tyne’; book launches; even more music, even more theatre, and plenty more besides.

Full programme from the website, below.