Poet in Residence
Sunday 23 Nov, 7.30pm
Stand-up poet Kate Fox has been Poet in Residence for a half marathon, a BBC Radio 4 show, Glastonbury Festival... and a colostomy nurse’s conference. When did we start giving poets residencies, and where will it end? Kate shares some of her funniest poems and stories from her residencies which have seen her writing a poem while running 13 miles, and being very tempted to test out a catheter in the name of true poetic reportage. She also explores the idea of home and how words can make us fit in or stand out, in a funny, thought-provoking show from someone making her living on poetry’s frontline.
“funny, endearing with a journalistic cynicism that cuts through the whimsy” Sunday Telegraph
A Gala Theatre Production
Thur 27 November 2014 - Saturday 3 January 2015
Written by Ben Crocker
Directed by Gareth Tudor-Price
We are delighted to announce that our spectacular pantomime is the mystical and madcap tale of Aladdin, a show full of North Eastern promise.
Telling the story of poor Widow Twankey (Chris Connel), her hunky son Aladdin (Matt McGoldrick) and daft laundry lad Wishee Washee (Paul Hartley). Meanwhile, evil baddie Abanazar (Neil Armstrong) is trying to get beautiful Princess Jasmine (Christina Andrew) away from her Emperor father (Robert Hudson) and the inept PC Pingpong (Viktoria Kay). He also wants to get his hands on the magic lamp and its crazy old Genie.
Created in the heart of Durham, Gala’s fabulous family pantomime comes complete with a terrific mix of mayhem and live music, laughter and surprises. Let Durham’s pantomime family make your festive season complete. It’s a wild, magical carpet ride of a show and tickets are already selling well, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Gala Lunchtime Concert Series |
New York Brass Band
Friday 28 Nov, 1.00pm
This band are North Yorkshire’s only contemporary New Orleans-inspired brass band and are part of a funky brass revolution that is sweeping the UK. Inspired by Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels and Hot 8, they pack a powerful punch… nothing kicks a party into gear like the sound of a smokin’ New Orleans Mardi Gras jazz band.
Funny Bones Comedy Club
Friday 28 Nov, 7.45pm
From the dead-pan to the dead funny, sit back with a beer and enjoy our regular residency from Funny Bones. Featuring snappy and sharp Mike Milligan, charming and confident Danny Deegan, legendary actor and Roman-Greco wrestling champion Sir Dickie Benson and rapid-fire gagmeister and MC Lee Kyle. Contains strong language, recommended age 16+.
Presented by NT Live
Tuesday 9 Dec, 8.00pm
Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre bring their powerful new production to the National Theatre, broadcast live to the big screen at Gala.
John, authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience. Lloyd Newson, DV8’s Artistic Director, interviewed more than 50 men, asking them frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John. What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most.
DV8 Physical Theatre has produced 18 highly acclaimed dance-theatre works and four films for TV, which have garnered over 50 national and international awards. John contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for age 18+.
£15 (£13 conc), £10 Gala Friends