Arts and cultural highlights from around the region this month
THEATRE: A SONG FOR ELLA GREY
Premiering at Northern Stage this month, A Song for Ella Grey is based on David Almond’s retelling of the Orpheus myth. Adapted from the novel by the author himself, the production features 16-21 year olds who responded to an open call to work alongside the creative team. Over the summer holidays they helped create sound, music and film footage – pictured here on location at Bamburgh.
EXHIBITION: ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
The Royal Photographic Society Members’ Biennial 2017 is currently on display at the Arts Centre Washington. It features both the work of the Society’s members, selected by a panel, and images taken by some of its Honorary Fellows – all chosen to celebrate the variety of the photography produced – whatever the level of the photographer’s skill.
Until September 21
MUSIC: SON OF A PREACHER MAN
Debra Stephenson (pictured) and Diana Vickers step back to the sixties to a swinging Soho joint whose owner, The Preacher Man, dispenses advice to cure lonely hearts. Years later, his son tries to continue his legendary legacy. Featuring the music of Dusty Springfield, this new production has been penned by Warner Brown, with direction and choreography from Craig Revel Horwood.
BALLET: THE LITTLE MERMAID
It’s still a little way off but you won’t want to miss the opportunity to catch the World Premiere tour of Northern Ballet’s interpretation of The Little Mermaid. Choreographed and directed by David Nixon, this production will immerse you in the fantastical underwater world of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fable about the mermaid who is willing to sacrifice everything for love.
October 31-November 4
Photo Credit: Guy Farrow