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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Great gigs and theatrical treats

In the spirit of making the most of gigs and nights out, it's been a busy May with two gigs and two theatre nights. Not bad for just half-way through the month.

So, to the Newcastle 02 to see Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets. It was the first night of their tour in very many years, so was popular, to say the least.

A decent night, full of energy, which is more than can be said for the second night there this month when we saw New Order.  The gig was spoiled by dreaful sound problems that saw the band strop off stage after just one song at the encore.

To the theatre then with my first ever visit to Northern Stage in Newcastle, where there's a fab restaurant in the foyer where we had our tea. Or dinner, if you want to be posh.  The play we saw was wonderful, Alan Plater's Close the Coalhouse Door, brought up to date by Lee Hall.  An emotive play and still topical politically, all too sadly.

And then to my local theatre, the Sunderland Empire to see South Pacific. I'm a huge fan of musicals and enjoyed this a lot. The leading lady was great, the leading man not so much. It was a long play at almost three hours, and after two and a half I'd kind of stopped enjoying it and just wanted to leave.  But still, a decent night out.

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