Gemma Hirst

Review: COAL at Dance City

Whenever I go to see a performance that is based on the history of mining, I am always sceptical of what else you can do to a story that is so poignant with the North East. With performances such as Pitmen Painters and Billy Elliot, I wonder what other stories can be told through a […]

 Gemma Hirst

Review: Launch Day @ Dance City

Never have I been proud to say where I come from till tonight (March 5), as Dance City celebrates the North East’s industrial history via the dance performance of Launch Day. A performance choreographed by Kristin Kelly-Abbott, the contemporary dance piece is based on Alexander Millar’s artwork of the Gadgies that focuses on the lives of the region’s […]

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Review: Sam Dickinson @ Alphabetti Theatre

Review: Sam Dickinson @ Alphabetti Theatre

Never have I seen an artist make a come back like Sam Dickinson has tonight (March 4). He has been away from the North East music scene for a while now but at the Alphabetti Theatre (think underground fringe theatre) in Newcastle, Sam certainly had a lot to shout about. Having seen his live performances […]

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Preview: Sam Dickinson

Preview: Sam Dickinson

North East’s answer to Beverly Knight, Sam Dickinson is bringing the classic soul back to the heart of Newcastle. After a long break from music, Sam is back with voice and full band in tune. Raring to go, he will be performing songs from his new album as well as his favourite tracks from his […]

 Gemma Hirst

Review: Africarmen, Dance City

As I stand at the bus stop waiting to get to Dance City in the cold, wet and snowy weather we are having in the North East lately, I only hope that choreographer Bawren Tavaziva’s African interpretation of Carmen can warm me up. As I arrive at the performance space, I immediately feel the heat, […]

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Review: Cattle & Cane @ Think Tank

Review: Cattle & Cane @ Think Tank

Walking around Newcastle city centre before I go to see a gig at the Think Tank, I see buskers playing the guitar singing their hearts out. It is watching this that I realise how talented we are, when it comes to music on the North East music scene. Linking in nicely with a band that […]

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10 Valentine’s Day gifts for special someone from Newcastle Biscuit Factory

10 Valentine’s Day gifts for special someone from Newcastle Biscuit Factory

In case you have forgotten, it is Valentine’s Day on Sunday, and if you have still not bought that special someone a little something to say I Love You then fear not, for SR News have the perfect gift ideas for you! We have searched high and low to find the 10 perfect Valentine gifts […]

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Preview: Africarmen at Dance City

Opera meets dance as Tavaziva Dance Company adapts Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Originally the opera is set in Spain in the 18th century, yet Africarmen tells the tale of villagers living in a modern day world in Africa that is full of corruption, desire and deceit. Sick of this life, Carmen dreams of escaping it to find […]

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Preview: COAL at Dance City

Gary Clarke is marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the miners’ strike in his dance performance of COAL. Pertinent to the North East’s own mining history, COAL will look back at what life was like for a miner and look into how it affected the working class communities. Clarke bases his performances from personal […]

 Gemma Hirst

Preview: Speakeasy at Dance City

A work in progress, Southpaw Dance Company hopes you won’t be drunk on energy that they pour into their performance of Speakeasy. Written by Goethe, the tale of Faust has been translated into many languages and now being adapted to dance. It tells a story of how easy it is for a man to lose […]