Here’s 10 of the top things to do which should make your weekend go with a bang.
5. Cooking with Elvis, Royalty Theatre, Sunderland, until
Sunderland’s Royalty Theatre will continue their 2019/20 season in rockabilly style with the black comedy Cooking with Elvis until November 2. Written by Lee Hall of The Pitmen Painters and Billy Elliot fame, the play focuses on the family of an Elvis impersonator who has been left paralysed in a car crash. His wife has become an alcoholic, and their daughter Jill is obsessed with cooking – as well as her mother’s young lover. Director Corinne Kilvington takes the role of the mother. She said: “Having played Jill when the Royalty Theatre first staged this show 11 years ago, I was really excited to help bring it back to the same stage. This is a fast-paced, funny show which is more than a little bit rude, but still packs a punch, and that asks a lot of the cast that perform it. So grab yourself a drink, settle in and prepare yourself for an evening of what can only be described as good old-fashioned entertainment.”
6. Westoe fireworks, South Shields
The annual South Shields and Westoe Club’s firework display returns with a ‘Haunted Halloween’ theme to light up faces on Friday, November 1. The community event raises funds to support the running of the club in Dean Road, South Shields, which provides around 500 children and young people with access to sports including rugby and cricket. he event will kick off at 6pm with fairground rides and food and drink stalls and kids are encouraged to come dressed up in their spookiest costume.The DrumDin band will then get things going at 6.45pm, followed by an all-singing, all-dancing Halloween-themed show at 7.15pm. The light show is then set to sparkle at 8pm, followed by the fireworks at 8.30pm.
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7. Catfish & the Bottlemen
Catfish and the Bottlemen mark the release of their third album, The Balance with a UK tour including their debut at the Utilita Arena Newcastle on Tuesday, November 5. Their third album after a wait of almost three years, following 2014’s The Ride and 2016’s The Balcony (selling over one million copies between them), The Balance hits the playlists of a growing, passionate community of fans worldwide. The Balance was recorded by Van McCann (vocals, guitars), Johnny Bond (guitars), Robert ‘Bob’ Hall (drums) and Benji Blakeway (bass) over a 12-month period in the company of Irish producer, Jacknife Lee, in two secluded studios; Grouse Lodge, in Moate, Republic of Ireland, and The Chapel in the countryside of East Lincolnshire. The album was mixed by Craig Silvey. Tickets are available from tel: 0844 493 6666.
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8. Fireworks, Seaton Carew
An annual fireworks extravaganza attended by hundreds of families across Hartlepool is returning for another year. Hosted by Hartlepool Borough Council, the Fireworks Spectacular at Seaton Carew will take place on Tuesday, November 5 from 4pm until 7pm. The free event, which also provides a programme of entertainment for the whole family, will this year commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
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