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September to December ’12

... the creative heart of the community


What’s On

Great Entertainment for All!

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September

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Drama Offer

It is always our ambition to reach as many people as possible with high quality work that both entertains and moves. We hope that you’ll agree that we are achieving this with our programme for the autumn.

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October

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November

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The Adventures of Robin Hood

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December

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Exhibitions

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Courses and Regular Workshops

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Exchange Café

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Seating Plan

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Booking Your Tickets

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Season’s Diary

From The Importance of Being Earnest, through to The Canterbury Tales and Mother Courage we bring you the best of nationally touring drama. We have dance from Wales and from New York, a touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre, and music from north and south of the border. And, of course, we’re hosting some of the best artists in the North East – Kathryn Tickell, Brendan Healy, Theatre Hullabaloo with children’s theatre and a brand new production, Amazing Grace, by hit writers Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood. And there’s lots more – comedy and bands in the café, writers’ talks, films, exhibitions, classes and workshops. Truly something for everyone. As we head into December we are proud to be presenting our first pantomime, THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, produced by Oddsocks. Tickets are already selling fast for the festive season so book early to get the best Christmas entertainment in the region. Geof Keys Artistic Director | Queen’s Hall Arts

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London Classic Theatre presents The Importance of Being Earnest Wednesday 5 -Thursday 6 September 7.30pm Oscar Wilde’s theatrical masterpiece is widely-acknowledged as one of the greatest comedies in the English Language. Wonderful characters, sparkling dialogue, gloriously improbable plot twists and a sprinkling of romance - The Importance of Being Earnest has it all. Jack is in love with Gwendolen. Algernon is in love with Cecily. But when an identity crisis spirals out of control, the previously separate worlds of town and country collide and delicious mayhem ensues. Thoughts of marriage and a happy ending must be put on hold until the inimitable Lady Bracknell can be convinced that the young men are worthy suitors. The Importance of Being Earnest has delighted millions since its first London performance in 1895. A scintillating comedy of manners, Oscar Wilde’s best-loved work overflows with dazzling wordplay and comic invention. LCT bring this 19th Century classic to vivid, extravagant life with their customary flair, attention to detail, high-quality casting and impeccable production values. From the company that brought Equus, Ghosts, After Miss Julie, The Caretaker, Humble Boy and The Beauty Queen of Leenane to the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre in previous years. Tickets: £13.50 £11.50 (Friends / benefit conc / student) * SEE DRAMA OFFER OVERLEAF

“To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”

Queen’s Hall Arts is delighted to be opening this new production of The Importance of Being Earnest before the show travels across the country on tour.

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Bandstand 100

Drama Offer Buy a ticket for 2 of the following drama performances and choose the third one free.

Saturday 8 September 2.00pm - 5.00pm

BUY 2 GET 1 FREE

Wed 5 & Thurs 6 Sept: The Importance of Being Earnest Tues 2 Oct: The Canterbury Tales

Hexham comes together to celebrate the 100th birthday of its historic bandstand. Free entertainment in the park with a period theme. All this plus big prizes for the best dressed Edwardians. Presented with Hexham Town Council and Core Music

Tues 16 Oct: Stick Granny on the Roof-Rack Wed 31 Oct: Seconds Out Sat 10 Nov: Mother Courage and Her Children Book at Box Office. Not available online.

Rock Café: Blue Mood Friday 7 September

8.00pm

In the Exchange Café Blue Mood is a three piece Blues / Rock band: Mick Button on guitar & lead vocals, Malcolm Railton on bass & vocals and Kevin Robson on drums. They play a variety of music including songs by bands and songwriters as diverse as Richard Thompson and Pink Floyd, with some Stevie Ray Vaughan, Free and Fleetwood Mac thrown in for good measure; they also play original material too. This is a fundraising concert for Core Music. Tickets: £8.00 | £6.00 (student / children)

Film in the Theatre The Artist (PG) Thursday 13 September

8.00pm

Silent movie star George Valentin bemoans the coming era of talking pictures and fades into oblivion and self-destruction, but finds sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer lighting up talkies like no one else. The Artist, the 2011 French film in the style of a black-and-white silent film, received near-universal acclaim from critics and won many accolades, including 5 Oscars and 7 Baftas. (2011) Running time: 1hr 40mins Tickets: £4.50 £3.50 (Friends / Film Club Member)

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Thursday 13 September

September

Jazz Club 8.00pm

In the Exchange Café Play along with the rhythm section of the evening in an informal atmosphere then sit back and enjoy the guests.

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Chris Ryan: Osama Friday 14 September

Chris Ryan introduces his new book Osama.

Legendary Heroes Saturday 15 September

7.30pm

8.00pm

In the Exchange Café North East based Legendary Heroes is a nine piece band with a four piece brass section, playing a unique blend of Northern Soul and infectious funky, pop rhythms which they call Rhythm and Soul. Last year, they reached the top three in the National Finals of Global Battle of the Bands at the 100 Club in London. Tickets: £8.00 £6.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)

Bestselling author, and creator of the military fiction genre, Chris Ryan returns to his native North East to talk about his ten years in the SAS and his experiences as a sniper team commander. Expect an evening of thrilling adventure from an author who has lived the life he writes about. A partnership event between Hexham Book Festival and Queen’s Hall Arts includes a Question and Answer session with the author and a book signing. Tickets: £6.00 £4.00 (benefit conc / student)

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Switchback presents Lucy and the Hawk Thursday 20 September

7.30pm

Something’s happening to Elliott and Lucy; he can’t seem to concentrate, she feels like someone’s following her, and her phone keeps ringing in the middle of the night. And whenever Elliott looks at the sky, a bird is circling, watching him. The universe is a big place, and the world is full of people, and maybe we aren’t all so separate as we think. Lucy and the Hawk is a comedy about loneliness and peregrine falcons. It’s a warm but surprising story that’s part mystery, part peculiar romance, and a love letter to the landscape of Northumberland. Suitable for age 12+ A co-production with ARC Stockton in association with Northern Stage. Written and Directed by Phil Ormrod. Devised with Tom Walton and Abigail Moffatt.

Tickets: £13.00 | £11.00 (Friends) £7.00 (student / benefit conc) | £34 (family)

60th Hexham Abbey Festival of Music and the Arts New Beginnings Friday 21 – Saturday 29 September The very best world class musicians and artists in the atmospheric setting of Hexham Abbey. From classical to jazz, British folk to Japanese drums, 9 exciting days and 17 events, including the Amsterdam Cello Octet, Voces8, Red Priest, Thomas Trotter (Organ) and Haydn’s Creation, lunchtime, twilight and candlelight concerts. Also film, exhibitions and the ever popular Saturday street festival.

Big Owl Comedy Club Saturday 22 September

8.30pm

In the Exchange Café

Download the Festival brochure from www.queenshall.co.uk or T: 0808 126 1257 www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

Big Owl Comedy presents some of the freshest and funniest stand-up talent working on the national circuit today.

Tickets: Various

Tickets: £8.50 | £4.00 (student)


September Southern Tenant Folk Union Wednesday 26 September

7.30pm

The most highly acclaimed folk / bluegrass band in the UK today, Southern Tenant Folk Union have released five groundbreaking albums and toured their exciting live show all over the UK, Ireland, Netherlands & Germany. A seven piece, all acoustic band with banjo, mandolin, fiddle & harmony vocals, they perform an eclectic mix of high energy atmospheric folk and have received airplay from Bob Harris & Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 2 and made live appearances on RTE TV & Radio 4’s Loose Ends. Artistically successful and award winning as well as being a captivating live act, they now sell out arts centres across Europe. Tickets: £10.00 | £8.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)

Jazz in the Café: Paul Edis Trio and the Music of Bill Evans Thursday 27 September

8.00pm

A prolific and profoundly creative artist, jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans produced a rich legacy that continues to influence musicians and composers everywhere. Paul Edis, with bassist Mick Shoulder and drummer Adam Sinclair, performs a selection of Evans’ compositions alongside an engaging narrative about a most influential and inspirational musician. Tickets: £7.50 | £6.00 (Friends) | £4.00 (student)

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Tacit Theatre presents The Canterbury Tales Tuesday 2 October

An explosion of live music, story-telling and general mischief, The Canterbury Tales puts the audience at the heart of the action as patrons of the Tabard Inn the starting point of the pilgrims’ journey to Canterbury.

The Stones Friday 28 September

7.30pm

The Stones are the UK’s premier tribute to the Rolling Stones. Bringing all the hits & timeless Rolling Stones numbers to you live on stage, such classics as Jumpin Jack Flash, Ruby Tuesday, Brown Sugar, Satisfaction and many more.The greatest portrayal to the most famous Rock & Roll band of all time, complete with an authentic wardrobe of Rolling Stone costumes, you would think you had just been witness to a performance from Mick, Keith & the rest of the boys. Tickets: £14.00

Hadrian's Wall Archaeology Forum 2012 Saturday 29 September 9.45am – 4.30pm The programme will include talks on Recent Discoveries at Vindolanda, the East Coast ‘signal-stations’, Excavations at Papcastle and Recent Research on the Vallum.

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7.30pm

Tickets: £18 (includes refreshments)

The tales unfold in a mixture of story and song as a collection of rogues, wenches and travellers tell stories to entertain each other on their pilgrimage. From the antics of adulterous lovers to the revenge of cuckolded husbands, the characters remain as engaging and recognisable today as they were in the 14th century. Featuring live folk music and stories that are not for the faint-hearted, Tacit Theatre offers storytelling theatre like no other. Age recommendation 14+ Tickets: £13.50 £11.50 (Friends / benefit conc / student) * SEE DRAMA OFFER ON PAGE 4


Decadance

Friday 5 October 7.00pm

An outstanding triple bill of work from the all female hip-hop dance sensation Decadance fresh from New York. Brooklyn-based, Decadance redefine the image of women in hip-hop and have become a key ambassador of authentic, New York City hip-hop culture around the world.

In the Exchange Café Change for Low Rixham, a spine-tingling story by Newcastle-based writer Sean O’Brien with original artwork by Hexham’s own Birtley Aris, is the second publication from Enchiridion. Change for Low Rixham is presented as a limited edition pamphlet, numbered and signed by author and artist. In addition to Sean’s reading, there will be an exhibition of Birtley’s drawings.

Wednesday 10 October

7.30pm

October

A Chilling Short Story by Sean O’Brien with Birtley Aris

Expect an evening of knock out performance fusing old-school hip-hop styles with cutting edge 3D video technology taking the dancers into an abstract world where b-boying (breakdance), popping and house dance come alive against a city morphing from solid to liquid. Embracing the fluid side of hip-hop, the dancers float, slide, spin, wave and balance as the projections and choreography seamlessly merge together.

Free entry with a ticket

“Their unusual blend of hip hop and ballet was so carefully choreographed, it would make the likes of J-Lo weep” East Coast Press

Tickets: £13.50 £11.50 (Friends / benefit conc / student)

Brendan Healy Saturday 6 October

7.30pm

An hilarious evening with one of the North East’s best loved entertainers. Brendan Healy started his career as a musician, playing keyboards in groups around his native North East. He then moved to theatre and to Tyne Tees TV to present children’s programmes. Brendan has played keyboards with Lindisfarne, and for John Miles, and writes with Brian Johnson of AC/DC. For the last ten years, he’s also worked as a comedian. Tickets: £16.50 £15.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)

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Hexham & District Music Society presents London Conchord Ensemble Friday 12 October

7.45pm

This exciting young group of soloists was unable to come last March. This season they will be playing Schubert's delightful Trout Quintet and the Dvorak Piano Quartet. Tickets: £14.00 | £7.00 (student) £1.00 (schoolchildren) Music Society Season Ticket Available: 7 concerts for £77 (£70 if paid for before 10 September 2012). More details from Mrs Senga Bond 01434 604572

Tuesday 16 October

7.30pm

The good news… Holiday of a Lifetime, Marie won it on a scratch card. The bad news… for all the family! The family, Katy, a teenager with attitude, Graham, once the love of Marie’s life and now 15 years past his sell by date, and… his Mum! Take one everyday family, heat to 36O, leave in the hire car to cook, then stand back! A comedy drama by multi award winning playwright Rona Munro, performed by award winning actress Fiona Knowles and from the company that brought us Fur Coat & Magic Knickers, Women Behaving Madly and Mad Bad & Dangerous to Know! Tickets: £13.50 £11.50 (Friends / benefit conc / student) * SEE DRAMA OFFER ON PAGE 4

The Shee Saturday 13 October

7.30pm

The Shee is an exceptional all-female band showcasing three powerful vocalists and an astonishing level of instrumental prowess. Their diverse range of individual musical influences combine to produce an adventurous brew of folk, Gaelic, Scots and bluegrass and has earned them considerable recognition along with high profile performances at festivals including Cambridge and Celtic Connections, as well as concerts across Europe and Canada. Expect slow airs, Gaelic ballads, original songs, high-energy tunes, hypnotic riffs and clog dancing! Tickets: £10.00 £8.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)

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MsFits Theatre Company presents Stick Granny on the Roof-Rack


Thursday 18 October

8.00pm

Jazz Club Thursday 18 October

8.00pm

In the Exchange Café Play along with the rhythm section of the evening in an informal atmosphere then sit back and enjoy the guests.

October

Film in the Theatre The Well Digger’s Daughter

Tickets: £3.00 on the door | Under 18s free A father, in pre-World War II France, is torn between his sense of honour and his deep love for his saintly daughter when she gets in trouble with the wealthy son of a shopkeeper. (In French - Subtitled / 2011) Directed by, and starring, Daniel Auteuil. Running time: 1 hr 47min Tickets: £4.50 £3.50 (Friends / Film Club Member)

QHA GIFT VOUCHERS Stuck for the ideal present? Why not give a QHA gift voucher, redeemable against performances?

Contact the Box Office on 01434 652477 for details.

An Evening with writer Michael Gray Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues Friday 19 October

7.30pm

This is more than a talk. With wit and style, the author of The Bob Dylan Encyclopaedia and Song & Dance Man III: The Art Of Bob Dylan - definitive studies of Dylan’s 50-year body of work uses great records and rare footage to show how hugely Dylan has been inspired by the blues and how much of its poetry has been smuggled inside his own, highly influential writing. Michael Gray’s events are always lively & spontaneous, witty and acute, using unpredictable slices of music to offer a thoroughly entertaining, fresh account of Dylan’s achievement and a thrilling exposition of blues & its poetry. Tickets: £10.00 £8.00 (Friends / benefit conc / student)

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Ballet Cymru presents The Tempest Saturday 20 October

7.30pm

Award winning company, Ballet Cymru, present an extraordinary adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece The Tempest. Shakespeare’s last and most fulfilling play is given a new and utterly fresh awakening as a full length ballet. Ariel, the fleet footed spirit of the air; Caliban, the deformed and twisted slave; Prospero, the talismatic magician; Miranda and Ferdinand the star crossed lovers, all collide in a story rich in subtlety and humour, set on an enchanted Isle and peopled by magical beings. Featuring the hauntingly beautiful music of Sibelius, Ballet Cymru brings to life this ageless story using the company’s unique blend of classical technique and storytelling along with magical mysteries, amazing costumes and breathtaking choreography.

Amazing Grace Mon 22 - Tues 23 October Tuesday 23 October

7.30pm 1.00pm

Grace Darling: A Stage Celebration of a North East Heroine. When Hollywood came to Northumberland it was bound to cause a storm. Local girl Grace Armstrong sets out to make a film about her idol Grace Darling but things don’t turn out quite how she expects. This funny, heartfelt play pays tribute to the Northumberland heroine who in 1838, with her lighthouse keeper father William, rescued 9 survivors from the wreck of the SS Forfarshire.

Tickets: £14.50 £12.50 (Friends / benefit conc) £8.50 (student)

Matt Wright

Written by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, Tyneside-based writers of the hit plays, Dirty Dusting, Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather and Maggie’s End.

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Directed by Emma Roxburgh and produced by Wisecrack Productions in association with Alnwick Playhouse. Amazing Grace is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Tickets: £13.00 | £11.00 (conc) £8.00 (student)


Thursday 25 October

8.00pm

In the Exchange Café

Willow Bog Bonsai Talk Thursday 25 October

6.00pm

In the White Room See Exhibition on P23.

John Law is known as one of Europe’s most creative jazz pianist / composers and has worked with people such Tim Garland, Evan Parker and Andy Sheppard. Combining incredible precision and a wonderfully loose feel, the trio will perform material from John’s recent acclaimed CD Three Leaps of the Gazelle, as well as some of the most beautiful, melodic tunes from the jazz and pop repertoire, in both simple arrangements and complex, creative re-workings.

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John Law Trio: Three Leaps of the Gazelle

Tickets: £7.50 | £6.00 (Friends) £4.00 (Student)

The Singing Kettle presents Fancy Dress Party Friday 26 October

5.00pm

Join Scotland’s favourite children’s entertainers as they rummage deep into their giant toy box to find wacky costumes to dress up some classic songs. Three Craws, Granny off a Bus and Swallowed by a Snake all get the fancy dress treatment. This special 1 hour fun-filled singalong sees Cilla, Artie, Gary and Kevin host their sensational Fancy Dress Party and everyone is invited! Superb audience participation and amazing costumes offer the perfect treat that will have you rocking with laughter and singing all the way home. Remember to wear fancy dress to the show. Running time: approx 80 min including interval Tickets: £10.00 (12 months upwards) £38 (family) | £9.00 (Groups 10 or more)

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Reform Theatre presents Seconds Out Wednesday 31 October

7.30pm

“You never forget your first fight. And you shouldn’t, either.”

Big Owl Comedy Club Friday 26 October

8.30pm

In the Exchange Café Big Owl Comedy presents some of the freshest and funniest stand-up talent working on the national circuit today. Tickets: £8.50 | £4.00 (student)

Hexham Jubilee Big Band Saturday 27 October

8.00pm

Come along and bop to the fabulous 13 piece Hexham Jubilee Big Band playing the 25 best selling pop songs from the jubilee decades. Tickets: £8.00 | £6.00 (conc)

Tom and Simon have been mates since school. But whilst Sy has always played it safe, Tom likes to push things to extremes... with occasionally violent repercussions. After an ill-advised evening with the wife of local nutcase Mad Mark Flynn, Sy is starting to worry if Tom might have bitten off more than he can chew. He needs protection. He needs to get out of town. And then he meets Foster. A former boxer with a left hook to die for (or from), Foster takes Tom under his wing. But is there more to his interest than meets the eye? And why won’t he talk about his past? Partly inspired by true events, Reform Theatre is proud to bring you the world premiere of a thrilling new play by Nick Lane, the writer of My Favourite Summer and Housebound. In association with Harrogate Theatre

Tickets: £13.50 £11.50 (Friends / benefit conc / student) * SEE DRAMA OFFER ON PAGE 4

QHA GIFT VOUCHERS Stuck for the ideal present? Why not give a QHA gift voucher, redeemable against performances?

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Contact the Box Office on 01434 652477 for details.


Thursday 1 November

1.30pm & 4.15pm

Once, there were two shoemakers who were very old and very poor, so poor they couldn't even afford to buy Christmas presents for each other. But one Christmas Eve, just as the snow drifted down outside and the clock struck midnight, two little Elves decided to spread a little bit of magic which would make a whole lot of difference.

November

Theatre Hullabaloo and The Berry Theatre present The Elves and the Shoemakers

Live music, puppetry, physical storytelling and a sprinkling of Elf magic combine to tell this magical tale for children aged 3 years & above, and their grown-ups. Tickets: £6.50 | £20 (family)

Kathryn Tickell: Northumbrian Voices Friday 2 November Saturday 3 November

7.30pm & 8.30pm

Kathryn Tickell is the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria. This show is based on interviews and recordings Kathryn has done over the years with family members and the shepherd musicians from whom she learnt including mouth organ player Will Atkinson and fiddler Willie Taylor. Three generations of musicians, including Mike Tickell, Kathryn’s father, take part in this reflection of immensely strong communities, their music and collective stories. Tickets: £15.00 £12.50 (student)

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the adventures of

ROBIN HOOD presented by Oddsocks and Queen’s Hall Arts

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the adventures of

ROBIN HOOD It’s pantomime season at Queen's Hall Arts Centre and who better to add festive fun to the traditional folk tale of Robin Hood than Hexham favourites, Oddsocks Productions. Set in the woods of Northern England, The Adventures of Robin Hood is an energetic romp suitable for all, with live music, lots of action and plenty of opportunity for audience participation.

Thursday 13 to Saturday 29 December SHOW DIARY

Off Peak Thurs 13

10.00am

Fri 14

10.00am

Sat 15

1.00pm 7.00pm 2.30pm

Wed 19

10.00am

Thurs 20

10.00am

1.00pm

Peak

The Adventures of Robin Hood has everything you need for a great adventure; daring deeds, an evil villain who needs teaching a lesson and, of course, a love story to set the pulse racing.

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Mon 24

2.30pm

All the well-known characters will be there along with Robin and Marion, Little John, Friar Tuck and the dastardly devious Sheriff of Nottingham – a baddy who’s not averse to squeezing the last ounce of tax out of his honest peasant folk.

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No Shows

Wed 26

4.00pm

Will Robin save the people from the evil sheriff’s taxes? Will Robin marry Marion or is Marion not the marrying kind? Will Little John get any bigger? Will Friar Tuck open a chip shop? Find out when Oddsocks rumble in with their rumbustious re-telling of this legendary folk tale for all the family.

TO BOOK TICKETS Box Office 01434 652477

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7.00pm

Sat 22

2.30pm

7.00pm

Sun 23

2.30pm

7.00pm

Off Peak Thurs 27

2.30pm

7.00pm

Fri 28

2.30pm

7.00pm

Sat 29

2.30pm

7.00pm

TICKET PRICES Off Peak Performances £13.00 Full £11.00 Friends £10.00 Family / Groups of 4 or more £10.00 Benefit conc / students / under 16s Peak Performances £14.00 All tickets £12.00 Family / Groups of 4 or more

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D’Oscars Open Film Festival Monday 5 November

7.30pm

Review exciting film talent from across Northumberland as short films are shown in an evening of music, film, awards and celebration, hosted by Chris Bostock. Film submissions (films must be under 5 minutes) are welcome from all people living in the North East. Film categories are: Fiction, Documentary, Animation and Experimental. To find out more please contact Holly Clay on 01434 652482 or at arts.development@queenshall.co.uk In partnership with Dilston College, Gateway into the Community and Haltwhistle Film Project’s FilmAble, a film company for adults with learning disabilities.

Tickets: £3.00

Thursday 8 November

8.00pm

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant & Eve Marie Saint. (1959) Running time: 2hrs 16mins Tickets: £4.50 £3.50 (Friends / Film Club Member)

Hexham & District Music Society presents Eloisa-Fleur Thom (violin) with Mark Austin (piano) Wednesday 7 November

7.45pm

A young violinist who has won Countess of Munster sponsorship to launch her performing career, Eloisa will be playing sonatas by Richard Strauss, Beethoven and J.S.Bach with Tchaikovsky’s evocative Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher.

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Film in the Theatre North by Northwest

Tickets: £14.00 | £7.00 (student) £1.00 (schoolchildren)

Jazz Club Thursday 8 November

8.00pm

In the Exchange Café Play along with the rhythm section of the evening in an informal atmosphere then sit back and enjoy the guests. Tickets: £3.00 on the door | Under 18s free


November

Blackeyed Theatre presents Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht Saturday 10 November

7.30pm

Lee Hall’s (The Pitmen Painters, War Horse screenplay) brilliant translation of Brecht’s masterpiece is full of dark comedy and brought to the stage by highly acclaimed Blackeyed Theatre (The Trial / Alfie / Caucasian Chalk Circle) with breathtaking ensemble performances and live music. Regarded by many as the greatest play of the 20th century and even the greatest anti-war play of all time, Mother Courage And Her Children asks fundamental questions about the effects our beliefs have on the world and the role of ideology in society and world affairs. Suitable for age 13+ Tickets: £13.50 £11.50 (Friends / benefit conc / student) * SEE DRAMA OFFER ON PAGE 4

Queen’s Hall Theatre Club presents Dirty Dusting by Ed Waugh & Trevor Wood Thursday 15 – Saturday 17 November 7.30pm An evening of hysterical, laugh-out-loud, heart-warming comedy with veteran cleaners, Olive, Gladys and Elsie, who have an unusual solution to redundancy. A chance wrong number gives them a new business start-up idea – a telephone-sex line! They’ve got motive, opportunity and a lifetime of experience, more or less... You’ll never look at a Hoover in the same way after this! Tickets: £10.00 | £9.00 (conc) £7.00 (Under 18s)

Hexham & District Flower Club presents The Magic of Christmas Thursday 22 November

7.30pm

National demonstrator Tom Hodge will take the audience through a professional flower demonstration in readiness for the festive season. Tickets: £TBC

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Big Owl Comedy Club Friday 23 November In the Exchange Café Big Owl Comedy presents some of the freshest and funniest stand-up talent working on the national circuit today. Tickets: £8.50 | £4.00 (student)

Hexham Amateur Stage Society presents Annie Monday 26 November Saturday 1 December

7.00pm

Saturday 1 December

2.00pm

Set in 1933 in New York City, Annie tells the story of a plucky orphan girl’s quest to find the parents she never knew. The Billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, gives Annie the chance to stay at his mansion for Christmas thus she escapes the wrath of Miss Hannigan, the alcoholic orphanage supervisor who just hates ‘Little Girls’. Featuring memorable songs including Hard Knock Life, Tomorrow and Easy Street, don’t miss your opportunity to see why Annie has been a firm musical favourite for over thirty years! Tickets: £12.50 | £11.50 (OAPs / 16yrs & under) Tickets on sale from the Queen’s Hall Box Office from Monday 29 October.

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Tuesday 4 December

December

Hexham & District Music Society presents Dante String Quartet with Robert Plane 7.45pm

The acclaimed Dante Quartet has teamed up with clarinettist Robert Plane for a Northern tour. Robert’s exquisite tone will be thrilling in the magnificent Brahms quintet. Other items in the programme are a clarinet quintet by Coleridge Taylor and Dvorak’s popular “American” String Quartet. Tickets: £14.00 | £7.00 (student) £1.00 (schoolchildren)

Film in the Theatre Nativity (U) Thursday 6 December

8.00pm

Primary school teacher Martin Freeman is being charged with mounting the school’s musical version of the Nativity, competing against the posh neighbouring school for the honour of the best reviewed show in town. The stakes are raised when he idly boasts that Hollywood is coming to film it! (2009) Running time: 1hr 45mins Tickets: £4.50 £3.50 (Friends / Film Club Member)

Five Men No Dog (formerly Busker)

Jazz Club Thursday 6 December

8.00pm

Saturday 8 December

8.00pm

In the Exchange Café

In the Exchange Café

Play along with the rhythm section of the evening in an informal atmosphere then sit back and enjoy the guests.

Comprising male voice, double bass, guitar, percussion and sax, Five Men No Dog first performed at the Queen’s Hall in February of this year, under the name Busker. They play an upbeat mix of jazz, reggae, soul and other musical styles, with many of the songs being written by band members.

Tickets: £3.00 on the door | Under 18s free

Tickets: £6.00 | £5.00 (conc)

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Exhibitions

ENTRY TO GALLERY ONE & GALLERY TWO IS FREE

OPEN: MONDAY TO FRIDAY 10.00AM – 5.00PM, SATURDAY 10.00AM – 4.00PM

George Grosz: The Big No Saturday 8 September – Saturday 6 October GALLERY ONE George Grosz (1893-1959) was one of the greatest satirical artists of the 20th century. A co-founder of the Berlin Dada group and a revolutionary in the 1920s, he made hundreds of drawings depicting the vices and injustices of a society on the brink of economic and moral collapse. The Big No derives its title from George Grosz's autobiography A Little Yes and a Big No. The exhibition is curated by film maker, curator and writer Lutz Becker. A Hayward Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre, London.

Artists of the Third Age Saturday 8 September – Saturday 6 October GALLERY TWO Demonstrating a wide variety of artistic talent, this first exhibition of Art and Crafts by members of Tynedale University of the Third Age will showcase an impressive range of artistic skills including watercolours, fabrics, woodwork, photography and sculpture. Tynedale U3A has four hundred members, all retired, but still contributing to the life of Tynedale and continuing their own education and learning. This exhibition is an opportunity to experience just a small sample of the wide ranging interests of Tynedale’s ‘Third Agers’.

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Saturday 13 October – Saturday 17 November GALLERY TWO An exhibition of vegetable paintings by Jane Murray.

Willow Bog Bonsai Saturday 13 October – Saturday 10 November GALLERY ONE The art form that is bonsai has a history stretching back more than 2000 years. The Japanese word bonsai quite literally translates as ‘potted tree’ but is clearly more than that. Two basic ideas are its foundation. The more obvious miniaturisation aspect but almost as important is the objective of creating tree images that appear old. There will be a talk about the Willow Bog Bonsai Exhibition in the White Room on Thursday 25 October at 6.00pm.

Jane explains “Most of these paintings are in watercolour, sometimes with ink or pencil drawing and an overlay of gouache. My study of vegetables began when I was admiring the subtle hues of drying red onions I had harvested; closely followed by a walk through an allotment site in Morpeth when I fell in love with a magnificent array of red cabbages. There was a eureka moment when my eyes were opened to the beauty of the colour and form of vegetables and I began to paint them.”

Exhibitions

The Kitchen Garden Jane Murray

OPENS Opens Saturday 24 November THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING

This is your chance to buy a work of art from hundreds of affordable pieces. Grab that unique Christmas present now! [Application forms will be downloadable from the website from early October]

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Literature

Music

Write Your Life Stories

Minims Junior Choir

Starts Thursday 13 September 10.30am – 12.30pm At Queen’s Hall Arts Centre

Mondays 4.00pm – 5.30pm At the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Starts Monday 10 September

A series of fortnightly workshops led by writer / tutor John Halliday. Everyone has a story to tell. These workshops on memoir and autobiography look at learning how to write effectively about events and experiences, as well as creating lively and interesting characters. For examples of work produced during previous workshops see the website.

For ages 7-12 yrs, Minims sings rounds, spirituals, folk & world music. Led by musician and teacher Sarah Robinson, children are encouraged to develop their voices, sing in harmony, perform regularly and most of all have fun. New young singers welcome - Places available.

Tickets: £65 for all 6 workshops Book through Box Office 01434 652477

Book through Box Office 01434 652477 or call Sarah on 07977 218883 to find out more.

Down in the Attic Young People’s Writing Group Led by a professional writer, sessions are held every other Saturday from 11.00am 1.00pm at the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre. Meet other young people interested in writing, share your work, learn new skills and give and receive feedback in a creative and supportive atmosphere. The group is for writers between the ages of 12-18yrs and is completely free. For more information contact Laura at laura@newwritingnorth.com or call 0191 233 3852.

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£40 | £30 (conc) for the term

Mondays 7.30pm – 9.00pm At the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre. Starts Monday 10 September

An energetic youth folk band led by Sophy Ball. Down in the Attic is currently full. £40 | £30 (conc) for the term

New Youth Folk Band Mondays 5.45pm - 7.15pm. Starts Monday 10 September At the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre

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An exciting new youth folk band also led by Sophy Ball for young people aged 12-16 yrs on 1 September. All skill levels welcome but not suitable for absolute beginners. No prior experience of folk music needed. £40 | £30 (conc) for the term


Saturday 10.00am – 11.00am term time At the Torch Centre, Hexham (opposite the hospital)

An exciting opportunity for young orchestral string players aged 7-13yrs to come together and enjoy the experience of playing in an ensemble. £35 for the term

Hexham Intermediate Strings Meets fortnightly during term time Saturday 11.15am – 12.15pm At the Torch Centre, Hexham (opposite the hospital)

A new and exciting opportunity for more advanced string players (approx grade 2 – 4) to come together and enjoy the experience of playing in an ensemble. £25 for the term To find out more about either ensemble and to check dates and bookings please contact Jacky Craig at jacqueline.craig@northumberland.gov.uk

Tynedale Community Choir Mondays 8.00pm At St Aidan’s Church, Hexham Starts Monday 10 September

Sing, relax and unwind with folk songs, shanties, rounds, gospel, contemporary songs and more led by new musical director, Kat Davison. The choir offers challenges and rewards to beginners and experienced singers alike.

Singing Babies A magical, musical journey to enjoy with your baby. Designed to stimulate and captivate the very young.

Hexham Tuesdays 9.30am & 11.00am at St Mary’s Church Hall £39 for six week term (inc. coffee & cake)

Horsley Mondays 9.30am & 11.00am at The Hearth £32.50 for five week term (inc. coffee & cake)

Squeaky Feet A joyful exploration into rhythm, dance and song. Live and interactive musical performances.

Hexham Tuesdays 1.00pm & 2.30pm at St. Mary's Church Hall

Courses and Regular Workshops

Hexham Junior Strings

£36 for six week term (inc. coffee & cake)

Horsley Mondays 1.00pm and Wednesdays 9.30am & 11.00am at The Hearth £30 for five week term (inc. coffee & cake) To find out more about Singing Babies and Squeaky Feet and for bookings please contact Louise 01434 604667

£15 per half term (concessions available) For more info contact Jane Dammers on 01434 604512

Prudhoe Singers Tuesdays 10.00am - 11.50am term time At Prudhoe Community Church

Join in with this weekly chance to sing. New beginners are welcome! For more details contact Keren on 01661 830035

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Tyne Valley Big Band Thursday nights term time 6.00pm - 8.00pm At the West End Methodist Church

Directed by the jazz trumpeter Dave Hignett, the Tyne Valley Big Band welcomes reading musicians on sax, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section (piano, bass guitar, guitar and drums). Play traditional and modern repertoire in a unique community jazz band for adults and students. £20 per term from the Queen’s Hall Box Office or for more information contact Dave on david.hignett @virgin.net

Theatre Queen’s Hall Arts Youth Theatre At the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Starts on Tues 4, Wed 5 and Sat 8 September

Dance There are growing opportunities in Northumberland for young people to dance. QHA Outreach manages the Northumberland Dance Hub - an ambitious programme of community and after-school workshops in all styles of dance, led by the county’s best dance leaders and choreographers. For more details please contact milevadonachie@me.com

Down Stage (8-11yrs) Tuesdays 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Youth Dance Project

Stage Note (11-15yrs) Wednesdays 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Mondays in term time 4.00pm - 6.00pm Starts Monday 17 September

Up Stage (Autism specific 8-10yrs) Saturdays 10.30am - 12 noon

Do you want to dance, perform and /or choreograph and are aged 8-15yrs? The Youth Dance Project could be just for you! Led by Emma Beswick, students work on choreography and take weekly technique classes, leading to performances across the region.

Develop your creativity through this popular skills based theatre group. Your ideas, your words, your actions, create your own drama! Led by Sue Mitchell. £40 | £30 (conc) for the term Book through Box Office 01434 652477 or call Queen’s Hall Arts Development on 01434 652482 to find out more.

£45 for whole term

Click it for a Ticket Don't forget that you can book your tickets online via our website 24 hours of the day from the comfort of your own home. Just book online and pick up your tickets prior to the performance. We're only a click away!

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Allendale Film Club Mondays At Allendale Village Hall 23 Sept 22 Oct 26 Nov 10 Dec

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel North by Northwest Girl with a Pearl Earring Kind Hearts & Coronets

Wylam Film Club 29 Sept 20 Oct 24 Nov 15 Dec

Midnight in Paris The Well Diggers Daughter Carnage Meet Me in St Louis

Mobile Cinema As well as showing films at the Arts Centre in Hexham, Queen’s Hall Arts promotes a rural film programme providing 80-90 film screenings across Tynedale each year! Films are shown at village halls, schools and film clubs – keep an eye out for a screening near you. Film clubs supported by QHA include Slaley, Wylam, Henshaw (South Tyne), Bardon Mill (South Tyne), Bellingham, Tarset, Allendale, Ovingham and Stocksfield.

Arts Award Supporter Queen’s Hall Arts is an Arts Award Supporter and is proud to support the Arts Award scheme that encourages young people aged 11-25yrs to develop their skills as artists and arts leaders. Queen’s Hall Arts offers a number of ways for young people to become involved in the arts and to achieve aspects of their Bronze, Silver or Gold level Arts Award qualifications. For further information please contact the Box Office on 01434 652477 or Queen’s Hall Arts Development on 01434 652482.

Courses and Regular Workshops

Film

Exchange Café The Exchange Café in the Queen’s Hall is open from 9.00am and offers full breakfasts, fabulous cakes and scones, homemade soup, light lunches, hearty dinners, indulgent desserts, cool wines and local beers throughout the day. Whether you’re just passing, looking for lunch or coming to enjoy a show, the Exchange Café offers a wide selection of delicious dishes using fresh, local produce. It’s also the perfect spot for a pre-theatre meal, to catch up with friends, relax in the evening with a glass of wine and to listen to the best music and comedy nights around.

For more information

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Discounts

Monday to Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm Plus one hour prior to a performance

We offer concessionary prices on selected shows for retired people, full-time students, registered unemployed, people with disabilities and people under 18. A family ticket (of 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) is available on selected performances.

By Telephone Telephone bookings can be made on 01434 652477 using all major credit / debit cards. Tickets can be posted (a £1.20 handling charge applies). Reservations will be held for three days.

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Discounts are also available to Queen’s Hall Friends.

By Post

Everyone Welcome

Please send cheques payable to ‘Queen’s Hall Arts’ for the full amount to the above address. Tickets can be posted (please add £1.20 or send a sae).

We welcome visitors with disabilities and aim to ensure that your visit is safe and enjoyable. If you require help, please contact us in advance. Companions of wheelchair users may attend shows free of charge. An induction loop is installed in the theatre. Guide dogs are welcome in all areas of the building.

Online Tickets can be booked online through our website www.queenshall.co.uk using credit / debit cards. A handling charge applies.

Refunds We regret that tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged after purchase, except in the case of a cancelled show.

Student Standby The Student Standby Scheme allows any person aged over 13yrs and in full time education to buy a ticket in person to selected Queen’s Hall Arts-promoted shows in the 24 hours before curtain-up for the reduced price of £2.50. Ask at the Box Office or check the website.

Booking Your Tickets

Opening Hours

Thank you! A big thank you to our volunteer ushers who donate many hours of their time. If you would like to volunteer as an usher please contact the Box Office. A big thank you to the Red Cross for their attendance during performances. To find out more about the Red Cross contact Keith Mundy on 01434 608203.

Queen’s Hall Arts is a registered independent charity (Registered Charity No. 1088975)

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September

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Wed 5 - Thurs 6 Sept

The Importance of Being Earnest

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Fri 7 Sept

Rock Café - Blue Mood

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Sat 8 Sept - Sat 6 Oct

South Bank Touring - The Big No

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Sat 8 Sept - Sat 6 Oct

Artists of the Third Age

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Sat 8 Sept

Bandstand 100

Thurs 13 Sept

Write Your Life Stories

Thurs 13 Sept

Film in the Theatre - The Artist (PG)

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Thurs 13 Sept

Jazz Club

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Fri 14 Sept

Chris Ryan - Osama

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Sat 15 Sept

Legendary Heroes

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Thurs 20 Sept

Lucy and the Hawk

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Fri 21 - Sat 29 Sept

60th Hexham Abbey Festival of Music and the Arts

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Sat 22 Sept

Big Owl Comedy Club

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Wed 26 Sept

Southern Tenant Folk Union

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Thurs 27 Sept

Jazz in the Café - Paul Edis Trio

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Fri 28 Sept

The Stones

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Sat 29 Sept

Hadrian's Wall Archaeology Forum 2012

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Tues 2 Oct

The Canterbury Tales

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Fri 5 Oct

A Chilling Short Story

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Sat 6 Oct

Brendan Healy

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Wed 10 Oct

Decadance

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Fri 12 Oct

London Conchord Ensemble

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Sat 13 Oct - Sat 17 Nov

The Kitchen Garden - Jane Murray

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Sat 13 Oct - Sat 10 Nov

Willow Bog Bonsai

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Sat 13 Oct

The Shee

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Tues 16 Oct

Stick Granny on the Roof-Rack

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Thurs 18 Oct

Film in the Theatre - The Well Digger’s Daughter

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Thurs 18 Oct

Jazz Club

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Fri 19 Oct

Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues

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Sat 20 Oct

Ballet Cymru - The Tempest

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Mon 22 - Tues 23 Oct

Amazing Grace

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Thurs 25 Oct

John Law Trio

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Fri 26 Oct

The Singing Kettle presents Fancy Dress Party

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Fri 26 Oct

Big Owl Comedy Club

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Sat 27 Oct

Hexham Jubilee Big Band

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Wed 31 Oct

Seconds Out

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Thurs 1 Nov

The Elves and the Shoemakers

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Fri 2 Nov & Sat 3 Nov

Kathryn Tickell: Northumbrian Voices

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Mon 5 Nov

D’Oscars Open Film Festival

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Wed 7 Nov

Eloisa-Fleur Thom (violin) with Mark Austin (piano)

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Thurs 8 Nov

Film in the Theatre – North by Northwest

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Thurs 8 Nov

Jazz Club

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Sat 10 Nov

Mother Courage and Her Children

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Thurs 15 - Sat 17 Nov

Dirty Dusting

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Thurs 22 Nov

Hexham & District Flower Club

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Fri 23 Nov

Big Owl Comedy Club

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Opens Sat 24 Nov

The Art Sale

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Annie

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Tues 4 Dec

Dante String Quartet with Robert Plane

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Thurs 6 Dec

Jazz Club

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Thurs 6 Dec

Film in the Theatre – Nativity (U)

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Sat 8 Dec

Five Men No Dog

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Thurs 13 Dec - Sat 29 Dec

The Adventures of Robin Hood

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Season’s Diary

October Continued...

November

December

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