In the mood for a bit of rock ‘n’ roll? Then why not head along to Sunderland Empire to catch Million Dollar Quartet! Based around a mythical recording session in 1956, when American legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins got together for one time and one time only, the show features a litany of well-known hits, including Blue Suede Shoes, Great Balls of Fire and Hound Dog.
Take the kids to Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens on a Thursday for some Rainforest Rascals action! These hour-long sessions in the Learning Space on the museum’s ground floor explore different themes each week, including animals, plants and the wider world, through fun stories, songs and crafts. £3 per child, plus an extra £2 per sibling or additional child. Places are limited, so make sure you book in advance!
For a feel-good film experience, consider Military Wives. The new drama stars Oscar nominee and BAFTA winner, Kristin Scott Thomas, whose previous work includes 2017’s Winston Churchill biopic, Darkest Hour, and BAFTA nominee, Sharon Horgan, who you might know from the recent TV series Catastrophe. The film explores the inspirational story of a group of military wives coming together while their husbands are serving in Afghanistan. Together, they form a choir, which becomes a global sensation.
Don’t miss the Durham and Sunderland One Act Festival at Washington Arts Centre. This is a qualifying round for the national All England Theatre Festival, which will see several local amateur theatre groups from Sunderland, Durham and the wider North East competing for several prizes, including the chance to progress to the Northern semi-final of the national competition. Performances will be formed around a variety of genres, from comedy to tragedy.
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Pay The Scullery at Pier Point in Seaburn a visit. The cafe serves up freshly-cooked favourites, including hearty fry-ups, North East sarnies and vegetarian and vegan treats, before turning into an Italian-style kitchen by night.