What’s on(line) next week
From dance marathons to Easter feasting, a brand new art exhibition to a special performance from a Hamilton star, we’ve got your culture covered this week
By Becky Hardy
MONDAY 22ND MARCH – FRIDAY 26TH MARCH
FAST & FEAST: A TASTE OF EASTER PAST (ONLINE COOKERY COURSE)
Today, ’Easter’ conjures many culinary images – lamb, eggs, and chocolate – but far from all of these would’ve been familiar in the Middle Ages. In fact, Easter and Lent held a special place in medieval Europe, with a wide range of cooking traditions and dishes.
This five-day online cookery course from Blackfriars will introduce you to a good many of them. An exciting collaboration between the master chefs of the Newcastle restaurant and Durham University’s Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Fast & Feast will teach you everything you need to know about traditional Easter dining – immersing you in history, while working with the best modern cuisine.
Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle
TUESDAY 23RD MARCH
Tuesday marks one year since the UK first went into lockdown to save lives and protect the NHS from the COVID-19 pandemic. To acknowledge the anniversary, Dance City is presenting a unique concept: a live dance stream, on the hour every hour across 12 hours from 12pm, with each piece lasting 12 minutes.
Stream the event on the day and immerse yourself in the talent and passion of these dancers. But more than that, celebrate not only the resilience of these artists but the resilience, too, of the wider arts sector in the UK, who have faced so many challenges throughout the last 12 months.
12pm, Dance City, Newcastle
Tickets: Pay what you feel
FROM TUESDAY 23RD MARCH
STAKING CLAIMS ON THE DISTANCE
Staking Claims on the Distance is an online exhibition and a public art commission that discusses ideas around public spaces, ownership, monuments and hostile architecture.
The NewBridge Project is commissioning a piece of public furniture that invites social relationships as a permanent monument to the present. And this monument’s journey begins (in the public’s eye, anyway) on Tuesday.
Artists Mickey Fenton, Esther Gamsu and TOTALLER have been invited to create digital models of such a monument for this online exhibition, launching on Tuesday. Then, come the summer, one of these three artists will execute the project in real life.
The Newbridge Project, Newcastle
WEDNESDAY 24TH MARCH
AN EVENING WITH… TOM KELLY (VIA ZOOM)
Join Jarrow-born poet and playwright Tom Kelly, as he reads from his collection of short stories Behind the Wall, as well as from his most recent poetry collection, This Small Patch.
A familiar face at the Lit & Phil, Tom will also talk a little about his career so far – from his first job in a Jarrow shipyard Time-Office to writing the BBC musical documentary Kelly with Alan Price, not forgetting the six stage plays he’s had produced at The Customs House, South Shields.
7pm, The Lit & Phil, Newcastle
WEDNESDAY 24TH MARCH
GILES TERERA IN BLACK MATTER
Hamilton fans: assemble. (Virtually, obvs). This new collection of songs by the show’s Olivier Award-winning star takes in the last 12 months like nothing else. In this streamed performance, filmed from his home in SoHo, Giles takes up his guitar (or sometimes his piano) and reflects on the last year’s demands for social justice and civil unrest; the families sneaking bike rides and the police brutality; the homelessness and the empty properties; the people who’ve helped each other and the people who’ve hurt each other. The confusion, hope and strength this pandemic has revealed.
These are songs of protest, joy, anger and love and promise. Don’t miss them.
6.30pm, Darlington Hippodrome
FRIDAY 26TH MARCH
JANICE BURNS AND JON DORAN
North East folk duo Janice Burns and Jon Doran first became a partnership in 2017, after discovering a shared love for traditional songs. Now regulars on the local circuit, their compelling style of musical storytelling comes alive through tight vocal harmonies and the thoughtful interplay between mandolin and bouzouki.
8pm, The Globe, Newcastle
Tickets: £7.50, £15.00 and £20.00
FRIDAY 26TH MARCH
AN UNCERTAIN WORLD
This short Zoom film centres around 10 women living in Northumberland and their varying experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Memories from the past collide with images of the present as the cast share stories of protest, adventure and friendships near and far.
A collage of playful and poignant reflections on living through changing times while looking towards a better future, this 30-minute film will be followed by a live Q&A with cast members and the creative team.
7.30pm, Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
Tickets: Pay as you feel