ArtsFest: Soapbox Sessions

Soapbox Sessions is a weekly open mic night for musicians, comedians and poets, which takes place at Hole In The Wall, hosted by Dave Saunders. The event features a different special-guest headliner every Sunday night – gather, watch, perform. Price: Free Place: Hole In The Wall Date and time: 20th May doors 7pm Contact: www.facebook.com/hitwsoapboxsessions/

ArtsFest: ‘night, Mother

Applause Theatre present ‘night, Mother, American playwright Marsha Norman’s at times harrowing play about a daughter telling her mother about contemplating suicide. The roles of mother and daughter are taken by Sam Bradshaw and Emma Simpson. Price: £8 (£6 concessions) on the door or from Hippodrome Theatre box offices Place: Crown Street Library Gallery Date more »

ArtsFest: Under Milk Wood

Back by popular demand, Green Theatre presents the radio drama Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. There will be two performances – one on Thursday 24th May and one Friday 25th May. Price: £8 (£6 concessions) on the door or from The Hippodrome Theatre box offices Place: Crown Street Library Gallery Date and time: Thursday 24th May more »

ArtsFest: Vane Women Tell Her Story

A potent brew of spoken word, film, art, image, live performance and music. Price: Tickets available on the door or email vane.women@ntlworld.com Place: Crown Street Gallery Date and time: Wednesday 30th May 6pm Contact: vane.women@ntlworld.com

ArtsFest: The Wit and Wisdom of Victoria Wood

Chris’s anecdotes and insight into the background to one of the most loved personalities of our times has been particularly well received by audiences. Who knows about Victoria’s upbringing? What made her Britain’s best-loved ‘funny lady’? Victoria gave the nation a sense of the normal – but was she brought up in a ‘normal’ way? more »

ArtsFest: Music Box

This music event presents 30-plus acts, six stages and one whole day of fun. Back for its third year, Music Box is a massive celebration of vibrant North-East music scene and Darlington. Music Box starts at 1.30pm and takes place in the afternoon and evening of Sunday 3rd June at Hash Bar, Hole In The more »

ArtsFest: Family Arts and Crafts

May half-term fun activities and crafts for all the family. Price: Included in admission and yearly passes. Place: Northern Rail Activity Room, Head of Steam, North Road Station, Darlington DL3 6ST Date and time: Tuesday 29th May to Friday 1st June 10am-3pm Contact: www.darlington.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/head-of-steam/  

ArtsFest: ‘We’re All Going on a Summer Holiday’

An evening of light music and verse presented by the Take4 Clarinet Quartet and Helen Winthorpe Kendrick. “Through verse and music, we explore what it means to go on holiday; to visit foreign places to have new experiences and even fall in love.” Price: £7 (under 18s, free) Place: St Andrew’s Church, Haughton-Le-Skerne, Darlington DL1 more »

ArtsFest: After-school song session

The Forum’s Song Club Sessions take place each Wednesday evening for 25 weeks. Run by The Forum staff Chris Davison and Matt Eland, supported by vocal coach Hayley Mackay, these sessions are for 12- to 17-year-olds and include training and experience in a number of areas such as recording, singing, sound engineer, stage set up more »