The Stockton Arts Centre is hosting a series of ‘Try it at ARC’ events, from paper flower making to mixed media art. It’s the ideal opportunity to find your inner artist, crafter, or dancer at this swing dance class for beginners. In two hours, the instructor will help you learn some classic 1940s moves that you might be able to show off at your next wedding reception or night on the town.
Girl at the End of the World is the 13th studio album from 90s favourites James, who can still pen anthemic tunes that frontman Tim Booth performs in his unique style. Take a seat at the City Hall to enjoy the latest creative output from the band that brought us Sit Down, Come Home, She’s a Star and Born of Frustration. Tickets cost from £40.
Michael Frayn’s comedy is returning to the North East. Head to Northern Stage for a riotous evening as a touring company’s dress rehearsal goes wrong in every imaginable way. Hilarious malfunctions and forgotten lines are just for starters. Made into a film with Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve in 1982, Noises Off has won several awards, including the Olivier for Best Comedy.
Whether you’re feeling nostalgic for your own school days or just want the chance to check out some new photography talent, get down to the Granary at the Arts Centre Washington. Before St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy in Sunderland was demolished and rebuilt, 14-year-old Lilly Thompson took a series of images to commemorate and record its past beauty.
May 13 – June 25