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Today Thursday April 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - The Merry Monk, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 12:30pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Eliot Smith Dance: Triple Bill - Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea NE64 6DB. Tel: 01670 811951. 7:30pm. £14.00. (£12.00. concs., £30.00. family). Performance inc Poppy (music composed by Jason Holcomb).

Julija Jaceniate Trio Black Swan, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00. concs). Jacenaite (vocals), Steve Glendinning (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass).

Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 8:00pm. Free.

Paul Donnelly Quartet - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Desert Queen, a play by David Farn @ Washington Arts Centre - July 26.

Phillippa Wilson (Gertrude Bell); Brian Londsdale (various roles).
(Review by Lance)
I know, I know, not exactly material for a jazz blog but, the pace of the story, the injections of humour and pathos, have all the ingredients of an Ellington suite.
Amazingly, I'd never heard of Gertrude Bell until, maybe, 10 years ago. At school, we learned of such fearless females as Florence Nightingale and Grace Darling but, despite being born about 5 miles away in Washington, Co. Durham, ne'er a word about Gertrude Bell - arguably, one of the most influential women ever.
Tonight's play by David Farn, attempts to redress the balance and I'm sure that anyone who witnesses the show - there's another 9 performances in the region between now and August 6 - will come away fascinated by her story.
Phillippa Wilson portrays Gertrude exactly as I felt she should be portrayed. A woman in a man's world who rushed in where 'the stronger sex' feared to tread. Intelligent, multi-lingual, able to mingle with and enjoy the respect of, even unite, the various tribes of the Arab world.
A woman unfulfilled. A woman whose 3 big love affairs ended in tragedy. A woman whose greatest love was Persia and Arabia. A woman who stabilised warring tribes. A peacemaker. A kingmaker.
I fell in love with Gertrude, even though she died in 1926, after reading Georgina Howell's book, Gertrude Bell - Queen of the Desert. This production keeps the flame burning.
Wilson's co-star, Brian Londsdale, plays everybody who played a part in Gertrude Bell's life and, in doing so, adds a welcome touch of humour.
As I reminded myself at the beginning this is a jazz blog and the thought has just occurred to me that her story is tailormade for a jazz suite.
Composers, check it out and start writing.
In an earlier post, Russell previews the Francis Tulip Quartet's lunchtime gig tomorrow (Friday July 27) at the Lit and Phil. Well, would you believe it? The Desert Queen is being performed at the L&P tomorrow evening and again on Saturday afternoon and evening (July 28)!
See poster below for venues and times.
Lance



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