Geeking About is your monthly guide to what’s geeking on in the North East. Each month I’ll present my top events and later on I’ll even review them too. So if you’re interested in art, science, technology, theatre, comedy, film – or you want to try something new – then you’ll find something to do here.
12/03/16 – 12/06/16
THE STORY OF CHILDREN’S TELEVISION: FROM 1946 TO TODAY
The Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough.
Is children’s TV not as good as it used to be? Find out in this interactive exhibition that showcases the history of children’s television through iconic objects, memorabilia, clips, images and merchandise. From Muffin the Mule to Thunderbirds; from The Wombles to Morph; this exhibition has something for everyone who was once, or still is, a child.
30/04/16 – 30/09/16
PACIFIC RIM 5-D
4D Motion Ride, Life Science Centre, Newcastle.
Robots take on monsters in this Pacific Rim-inspired “5D” motion ride that promises to give you an immersive ringside seat on the final showdown between the last robot fighters and the meanest of the monsters. Bring your raincoats as you can expect to be blasted with wind, smoke, water and the smell of action!
02/05/16 – 07/05/16
Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle.
If you’re a fan of sitcoms and surreal humour then head over to Alphabetti Theatre for Simon Beckwith’s ‘Frank Sumatra’. Presented in the style of a radio play and described by The British Theatre Guide as “Sitcom meets Kafka”, this story of a couple desperate for a child who unwittingly become the adoptive parents of an orphaned baby orang-utan is bound to be one of the funniest and most original things you’ll see this side of Sumatra.
SLEIGHT OF HANDS
Nathan Johnston presents a high energy piece of dance theatre about conmen and tricksters, betrayal and revenge. Inspired by magic and the use of plot twists in films, the show is brought to the stage in collaboration with award-winning script writer and director Josh Baker-Mendoza, and Cirque du Soleil magician Simon West. Go if you like magic and movies, and ‘Pay What You Decide’ at the end.
Spontaneous Wrecks present:
STAR WRECKS: THE FARCE AWAKENS
The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.
Improv comedy group Spontaneous Wrecks bring you their Star Wars-themed show, featuring games like those seen on ‘Who’s Line Is It Anyway?’, and some Star Wars specials starring some of the finest improv talent in the North East. Expect plenty of audience participation as your suggestions influence the show.
And May the Fourth be with you.
13/05/16 – 14/05/16
THE LATE SHOWS
Various, Newcastle & Gateshead.
The Late Shows is exactly what it says on the tin: a dirty stop-out of a culture-crawl featuring events and venues that normally shut their doors at six. There’s something for everyone at The Late Shows, from circus cabaret to tech inventions, demonstrations and workshops to behind-the-scenes tours of museums and galleries. As The Great North Museum: Hancock says: ‘Why Netflix and chill when you could Hancock and party?’
Full line up: http://thelateshows.org.uk/2016
MARK WATSON: I’M NOT HERE
A seemingly minor problem at an airport leads stand-up Mark Watson into a spiralling examination of identity in the digital age, and the search for meaning in our lives. Full of jokes, Watson’s customary flailing, chaotic audience interactions, nervous energy and charismatic warmth; this stand-up set is ideal for people who live in the digital age and like to laugh. So everyone, basically.
23/05/16 – 26/05/16
PINT OF SCIENCE
The Cafe – MIMA, and The Dickens Inn, Middlesbrough.
Pint of Science is a festival of accessible talks about the latest research, and it takes place in a pub. The six topics this year are Beautiful Mind, Atoms to Galaxies, Our Body, Planet Earth, Tech Me Out, and Our Society. Check the link for the full Teesside line up, then grab a pint and get your science on.
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978)
We’re having a film night! We’ve teamed up with ARC in Stockton to bring you Philip Kaufman’s ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ in ARC’s basement cinema. Come along for film, chat, pod people and other like-minded creatures.
A SPOONFUL OF KNOWLEDGE
Dickens Inn Coffee Shop, Middlesbrough.
A monthly series of talks on a variety of topics where you can discuss, debate and delve into areas of new thinking in a relaxed setting with drinks and snacks. Upcoming talks include ‘The Marvel Revolution: From Comics to Global Movie Domination’ and ‘Is Pain All in Your Head?’ In this month’s event, Dr Alexandra Hall from the Teesside Centre for Realist Criminology explores ‘The Growing Online Trade in Illicit Medicines’. Prepare your brains for some knowledge.