Join us this April for the first of the bi-annual feasts that is Radikal Words. Always eclectic, always excellent, this spoken word night brings the finest poets from around the UK and the north-east region to the intimate, experimental Stage 3 space at Northern Stage. We are very excited that this month we have not one, but two headliners, each of them socially and politically engaged but representing different generations and cultures – Bristol based “folk hero’ Dizraeli and American-born firebrand David Lee Morgan. They will be ably supported by local poets Mandy Maxwell, Rowan McCabe and Arabella Arnott, with music from singer-songwriter Ditte Elly. The evening is hosted by founder member of Radikal Words, Jeff Price. "If you can catch another Radikal Words night, do." Jowheretogo "Radikal Words was a real triumph" The Courier
Dizraeli is a BBC Slam Poetry Champion and Farrago UK Slam Champion. He has toured the world as a rapper and spoken word artist, from the West Bank in Palestine to the West Holts Stage at Glastonbury. In 2013 he was commissioned by Apples and Snakes to write and perform a piece at London’s Southbank for Architects Of Our Republic, a celebration of Martin Luther King’s famed ‘I Have A Dream’ speech on the fiftieth anniversary of the march on Washington. Described by Venue Magazine as "a true folk hero, capturing the truth of our times with groundlevel honesty", Dizraeli leads the groundbreaking hiphop band Dizraeli and the Small Gods. He's written 3 hiphop plays, including the Edinburgh Fringe award-winning Rebel Cell.
ABOUT DAVID LEE MORGAN
David Lee Morgan has travelled the world with his saxophone, as a performance poet and street musician. He has won many poetry slams, including the London and UK Slam Championships. He is a longstanding member of the Writers Guild, and holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. He lives in London, grew up in the USA, was born in Berlin, and considers himself a citizen of the planet. He has been published in The Wooster Review, The Delinquent, The Human Rights Anthology, Huffington Post and Indigo. His book, Science, Love and Revolution, the text of poems from his critically acclaimed 2013 Edinburgh show, is published on Amazon.
ABOUT RADIKAL WORDS
Radikal Words grew out of the Poetry Vandals and has been organising spoken word events for over five years. Through its publishing arm, Zebra Publishing, it has brought to the page many of the country's top performance poets and spoken word artists. RW also works in the education sector helping young people express themselves through writing and performance. The aim of the RW shows at Northern Stage is to bring to the North East the very best of the spoken word scene and also to highlight the best and brightest of our amazing local performers.
ABOUT APPLES AND SNAKES
Apples and Snakes is the leading organisation for performance poetry in England, with a national reputation for producing exciting and innovative participation and performance work in spoken word. We work in partnership with creative individuals and organisations across the country to produce high quality artistic experiences - including work with, for and by young people - that raise the profile of spoken word and push the boundaries of the artform, artists and audiences. We offer professional development for artists including advice, training and performance opportunities at a local, national and international level, with a particular focus on nurturing emerging talent and championing marginalised and disenfranchised voices.
Apples and Snakes was set up in 1982 by a group of poets in order to establish more performance poetry events. Over the last three decades, Apples and Snakes has been the development ground for many high profile poets and artists, inspired countless young people and taken performance poetry to new places.
Words by James Clarke: Had to nip along to The Cluny when I heard there was a fundraising band extravaganza for relatively new muso mag NE:MM, ran by Russell Poad, whom I’ve always admired for promoting excellent live shows in the past. Last night’s line-up was another fine example of quality Northeast talent.
I rocked up around 9pm and caught the end of a set by a duo named “what we call progress” Their Chemical Brothers meets singer songwriter setup had me intrigued, it wasn’t just button pushing techno-nonsense, it was clever, melodic, unique and quite beautiful. These guys wouldn’t be out of place in some kind of post clubbing chillout backroom. I’d like to see more of them.
Next up was mint Yorkshire lass Meghann Clancy. I’m massively biased as I’ve always loved her music plus accompanying cellist Katie Hallis also in my band 3 at Sea. I was expecting the full band, but instead I was completely blown away by the power of just 2. Meghan’s voice was the strongest I’d heard, complemented perfectly by Katie’s lush vocals & cello, both effortlessly producing songs ranging from quirky to outright beautiful and moving. It’s so great to see bands getting stronger over time and the next band were another fine example of taking something good and making it even better.
Peculiar Disco Moves delivered a thoroughly entertaining, slightly mental set of quirky piano led madness that had me totally hooked. Their songs are very intricate, intelligent and must be a right ball ache in rehearsals! Their hard work produced jaw dropping moments when 4 part harmonies kicked in, with tempo changes, full band hand clap percussion and man, that crazy bassist…lots of stuff to like. I was gutted when their set ended! Oh and Meghann did a fantastic job moonlighting on synth and vocals.
Another ale down the neck and all that was left was to watch the mighty So What Robot. This band are relative veterans of the scene, super tight, melodic, punchy, charismatic catchy bastards (in the nicest possibly way!) This was the 2nd time I’d witnessed this band live and found myself singing along to the hooks, whilst slightly mesmerised by the bass players skills. This band have a sound and a groove that’s their own, and they stick to that and they do it very well. I remember one song where they didn’t even play chords as such, rather there were 2 guitars and a bass all playing this same riff in perfect unison whilst singing a counter melody. Totally class act. It was great to see many familiar muso mates turning out to support this event and can’t help feel that those not in attendance had missed out on a cracking night. I wish NE:MM all the success for the future and hope that Russell can still find time to put on the occasional night like this again
The multi-award winning acknowledged master of psychological illusion is back on tour with his smash-hit show Derren Brown: Infamous. The show is at Theatre Royal for one week only, 2 – 7 June, and is sure to demonstrate why Derren is one of the world’s most renowned live performers; a dark manipulator of magic and mind control.
Critics and the public have been universal in their praise for what has proven to be Derren’s most ‘heart-felt’ show and audiences have flocked from around the world to be part of this unique theatrical experience.
Derren commented: “After six months of touring a much more personal show - quite a 'brave' move away from the template of previous shows - it's been hugely rewarding to repeatedly hear audience members and critics say it's the best show yet”.
Infamous is Derren’s 6th show since 2003. Since then he has toured every year and been watched by an estimated audience of over one million people. He has won two prestigious Olivier Awards, for Something Wicked This Way Comes (2006) and Svengali (2012). Infamous was recently announced as a nominee at the 2014 Olivier Awards in the Best Entertainment and Family category. Derren confesses that performing live is still his favourite thing to do.
For Infamous, Derren is re-united with his close collaborator and friend actor, writer Andy Nyman. Infamous is directed by Andy Nyman, and written by Derren Brown & Andy Nyman.
The performance is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
Derren Brown: Infamous appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Monday 2 – Saturday 7 June. Tickets are available from £27.50 (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 at www.theatreroyal.co.uk
Alistair McGowan reprises his West End role as Henry Higgins in a new production of Bernard Shaw’s best-known play, Pygmalion, which comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal, 22 – 26 April, as part of a 16 week national tour.
The aristocratic and egocentric Professor of Phonetics Henry Higgins, makes a bet with his friend, the amiable Colonel Pickering, that he can transform the manners and speech of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and pass her off as a lady in society. Packed with a host of larger than life characters including Alfred Doolittle and lovelorn Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Pygmalion remains one of the most popular of Bernard Shaw’s plays and is perhaps best known as the inspiration for the Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady. This ever-entertaining dramatic tour de force is full of Shaw’s trademark wit, style and provocative insights, as well as a beguiling and enduring humour. A classic British drama. His other work includes Mrs Warren’s Profession,Arms and the Man, Candida and You Never Can Tell.
BAFTA award-winning Alistair McGowan stars as Henry Higgins, a role he played at the Garrick Theatre in 2011. Regarded as one of the most talented people working in entertainment today, he is a writer, impressionist and comic and has established himself as a formidable actor in recent years, receiving critical acclaim for several West End appearances including Little Shop of Horrors, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination. Rula Lenska joins Alistair to play Mrs Higgins and Jamie Foreman will play Alfred Doolittle. Rula is a one of our leading stage and television actors with appearances in several major TV series including her role as Claudia Colby in Coronation Street. Jamie Foreman has over thirty film credits to his name including Layer Cake and Polanski’s Oliver Twist. His television credits include the long-running role of Derek Branning in EastEnders and Pygmalionmarks his return to the stage. Rising star Rachel Barry will play Eliza. Rachel was most recently seen in the West End in Michael Grandage’s acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Tony award-winning David Grindley directs. His work is seen on both sides of the Atlantic and he won a Tony Award in 2007 for his production ofJourney’s End. His most recent UK credits include Daytona with Maureen Lipman, Our Boys at the Duchess Theatre and Copenhagen in Sheffield.
Pygmalion appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 April. Tickets are available from £12.00 (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 atwww.theatreroyal.co.uk
BOY JUMPS SHIP, BRIDIE JACKSON
& THE ARBOUR, BLESSA, GALLERY CIRCUS, SAM FENDER, VINYL JACKET, FÉ,
ROSSI NOISE & MANY MORE
Generator are proud to announce this year’s Evolution Emerging lineup.
With over 500 artist submissions this year, Generator
are squeezing as much talent into one night as possible. Evolution Emerging
2014 features the very best emerging
artists from the North East, special
guest headliners and our favourite new
artists from across the UK unearthed through the agency’s TippingPoint blog and a new partnership with independent music publisher Sentric Music (ah, I see).
On Saturday 24th May 40 artists will take over 9 venues in the Ouseburn Valley,
Newcastle including special guest headliners The Lake Poets, Boy Jumps
Ship and Bridie Jackson & the
Arbour – graduates of previous years who have had an amazing 12 months.
As the event enters its sixth and biggest year
Generator is introducing a low ticket fee to reflect the ambitions of the event
and to ensure growth in future years. All this new music can be seen for just
£3 for a standard ticket and £5 for our Evolution Emerging plus Aftershow
Generator’s Artist Development Manager, Joe
“With so many
artists from previous years going on to huge things, we’re really proud of our
track-record for discovering amazing bands and solo artists. 2014’s Evolution
Emerging is going to be even bigger, with more artists from across the UK and a
ridiculous number of great bands and solo artists coming through from the North
The plans for the event know no bounds and in
charging a very low ticket price this year, it is possible to put on the best
event in the North East live music calendar "for the price of a pint.”
Lake Poets’ brand of alt-folk has been heard by audiences across the UK since playing Evolution Emerging 2011. Band leader
Martin Longstaff has shared stages with Willy Mason, Ben Howard, Daughter, Lucy
Rose and Jake Bugg, and the band has performed at Glastonbury, The Sage
Gateshead, Kendal Calling, Evolution and Roundhouse Rising. The Lake Poets’
live shows have gained a justified reputation for being "truly special
experiences" and releases have secured numerous plays from Radio 1, 6Music and
XFM. The Honest Hearts EP release coincides with The Lake
Poets’ graduation to festival headliner.
If you missed their very intimate ‘Secret Special
Guest’ slot last year, you’re in for a treat when Newcastle folk-influenced
four-piece Bridie Jackson & The
Arbourreturn to headline the Cluny 2. You can see why they were personally
selected by the Eavis family to play Glastonbury last year. “The
remarkable voice of Bridie Jackson is beautiful yet haunting.” The Guardian
Emerging’s third co-headliners are Boy
Jumps Ship. The Rocksound and Kerrang! favourites are dominating towns up
and down the country with support tours with We Are The Ocean and Arcane Roots.
They’re the perfect band to round off a night of rock at The Tyne.
Elsewhere on the line-up are special guest
Tipping Point artists from across the UK, with ethereal indie-pop from
Sheffield’s Blessa playing the Cluny
and NME endorsed intelligent indie from London’s Fé in the Cluny 2.
Discovered through Sentric Music, Sheffield’s Screaming
Maldini play at The Cluny whose
lineup is completed by festival darlings Gallery
Circus and 90210 soundtrackers Crooked
As well as Bridie Jackson & the Arbour and Fé
at the Cluny 2, the event witnesses returning
faves Vinyl Jacket, collaborative
Teessiders International Departures (feat.
Henry Carden of Dartz! fame) and talented singer-songwriter Sam Fender who has just been on tour
with George Ezra.
Tyne stage sees Boy Jumps Ship joined by raucous four-piece Avalanche Party, Kill/Hurt Recordings
signings Enter the Lexicon, the dark
atmospherics of Future Horizons and Shades.
The diverse Star
& Shadow Cinema stage features North East live-electronica supergroup Grey Tapes, synth-pop goths Fractions, Evolution Festival faves Rossi Noise and ATP-conquering Zyna Hel.
Cumberland Arms plays host to multi-national indie band Them Things, raw dream-pop band High Tide 15:47, cinematic guitar band Bernaccia and post-punk 80s DIY influenced Yellow Creatures
A selection of Generator’s favourite guitar bands
play The Tanners stage with Kobadelta bringing the
indie-psych-rock, lo-fi duo Mouses,
anthemic indie upstarts Dalaroand
And Evolution Emerging will be taking over 3
great intimate venues again, with Secret Special Guests (to be announced on the
night), Immy Williams, Ryan Bird, Absorb, Euan Lynn, Mat Hunsley, Humanism and more playing Blast
Recording Studios, Blank Studios and
Coffee & Cigarettes at the top
of Stepney Bank.
And if that wasn’t enough, the official Evolution Emerging Aftershow will once
again be taking place at Star &
Shadow Cinema from 10.30pm-3am, with a mix of live sets and DJ sets from
the likes of Sam Laxton and Whip Your Hair. More details will be
announced and this year you can buy our bumper Evolution Emerging Gig plus Aftershow Ticket for £5.
in its sixth year, Evolution Emerging has unearthed countless artists from the
North East and beyond, with notable performances from Lanterns on the Lake, Mausi,
Beth Jeans Houghton & the Hooves of
Destiny, We Are Knuckle Dragger
and Lulu James. Generator’s ability to showcase the next big thing was on display
for all to see in 2013, with highlights of last year including Nadine Shah, Shields, Big Beat Bronson
and current festival faves Lisbon. The event’s reputation for offering a truly varied
lineup of amazing talent has been firmly established, with over 1,000 punters
filling all venues and an increasingly national approach to bookings – with
last year’s successful set from Eliza
and the Bear being followed with more and more emerging artist bookings
from across the UK.
Emerging 2013 is nominated for Journal
Culture Award’s Best Event Tyneside. The event is also proud to be a
featured event as part of PRS for Music’s
Usurper took to the stage at the Head of Steam and quickly
overcame what seemed to be a little apprehension to demonstrate their unique
brand of rapidly changing agit rock. It took a while for me to get attuned to
it but I really rather enjoyed the last two songs especially Stand up Motherfucker. I have tried to
research these guys but they seem not to be set up on the social networks yet.
The Carnabells were a huge contrast to their dark indie rock
support. This was real retro rock and roll of the kind you can’t help but enjoy.
Great songs, sing-along choruses, lovely shirts and a bright stage presence
added up to a highly enjoyable performance. I find myself wanting their CD for
my car, good driving tunes.
Emergency Door Release appeared still buzzing from a
successful support slot for The Twang at the O2 last week. The band were even
more “up for it” and the chemistry between them all was infectious. James
Rooney had no difficulty getting the audience participating in the OH OH’s of the upcoming
single Serotonin Sarah. It’s great to
see this band back writing, recording and performing. They are so at home on
the stage and the new material aired so far has left me wanting to hear more, as did the crowd at the gig. The launch gig for the new single is at Think Tank on 10th May,
ending a UK tour and if these two gigs are anything to go by, it’ll be a
It's over a year since Petra Pearls began to whisper sweet somethings on Twitter; her humour, astute take on life and charm have won the interest of many followers. Petra's stories from the office strike a knowing chord and heartfelt response from followers; Sick Note Suzy, a sickly twenty something misfit reliant on Petra's pearls of wisdom, Mike who scares everyone in the office and the Vandwich man who creates a new sandwich filling each week and insists Petra be the first to try.
Emotionally engaging virtual connection with people works, Petra Pearls draws in an audience and spends time listening to the tweets of others, she's connected with the cultural buzz of todays complex world so that she can be involved and offer her thoughts. There is one fundamental factor in the style and quality of Petra's thoughts - they are focussed on emotional intelligence. Petra demonstrates self awareness, she knows how she wants to feel but often doesn't quite manage it - she is sensitive to the moods and feelings of others and tries to exercise patience and understanding but sometimes her emotions run away with her. Petra has some insight and vision about the good she wants to achieve but everyday things get in the way.
Petra serves as a role model for the power of emotional intelligence and a placating reminder of what it is to be human.
Despite the feeling of reality, Petra is a fictitious character, she exists in the imaginations of the creators, Act Positive and in the minds and hearts of followers. Petra was created to demonstrate the power of fiction in effective learning and to share the concepts and practise of emotional intelligence; she guides with good intentions, yet struggles with reality of day to day life.
Act Positiveare successful attitude and behaviour change specialists; they use drama to engage audiences in common place issues. they are no strangers to building fictional characters in close to reality situations. Twitter serves as another platform for offering a story that has a point - Petra Pearls and her emotionally intelligent tweets.
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The story of the power hungry murderous Macbeth, driven mad with visions from ghosts and a trio meddlesome witches, is familiar to most theatre-goers. As a Shakespeare classic I would say this one is definitely a good one to start with. It is usually one of the shorter ones and moves along at a fair old lick as a story. This production had an industrial style set with a military feel that fit well with the costumes of the cast. The lighting, a changing background sky and the use of sound gave this the feel of a professional production. That said, in between amplified sections, the speakers should probably be turned down to avoid the mildly distracting hiss. The cast were all completely immersed in their roles. The three witches were played in a suitably manic, yet controlled way by Sarah Harrison Dowd, Penny Lamport and Ann Cater. Their hair and makeup added nicely to their unhinged appearance. The whole cast did a fabulous job of bringing this story to life, and I can't help feeling that a Tyne and Wear accent is exactly the correct one for Shakespeare. It just sounds right. Johnny Lavelle carried the role of Macbeth expertly and I expect to see him in greater things in the near future. The sword fights and punch ups at the end kept my son enthralled and I was a little worried about the welfare of Johnny and Matthew Hope, as Macduff. They knew what they were doing with the ironwork though. Kevin Gibson, as the King of Scotland, before the bloodbath started, carried his role with a natural style and no over-the-top Shakespearean method, which gave the role a believable and relate-able character. He did a good job as the queen's (lady Macbeth) concerned doctor as well, as she was tortured by her conscience in her dreams. Lady Macbeth was given a passionate rendering by Sarah Scott, who appeared to enjoy the role of the manipulative wife. There was clever direction which kept the pace just right and the use of the well-designed set meant scenes could have a different look every time. The play was an example of the great quality of theatre we can access in Newcastle upon Tyne, without paying big theatre prices. I doubt a professional performance could improve much on this. The play is not about big expensive sets but about the characters, what drives them and the way they are played by the cast. This production ticked all the right boxes.I tell ye sooth.