PREVIEWS: Sixties gold, The Woman in Black and the What’s Left exhibition

Gerry and the Pacemakers
Gerry and the Pacemakers

Our pick of the best events coming up throughout the region.

Music

Sixties Gold, The Dome, Doncaster, October 31

The sound of the sixties is swinging back for a special golden evening.

The Sixties Gold show will feature Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Searchers plus many more acts performing hit singles from the legendary decade.

British beat group Gerry and the Pacemakers were managed by Beatles manager Brian Epstein and recorded a string of successful songs including Ferry Cross the Mersey, as well as number ones How Do You Do It?, I Like It and You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Fellow Liverpudlians The Searchers – best known for their hit tunes Sweets for My Sweet, Needles and Pins and When You Walk in the Room - will also join the line-up, with other acts from the era due to be added.

Chris Hone, of Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, which manages The Dome, said: “This is set to be a very entertaining night, filled with well-known hit songs from the swinging sixties.

“Both bands played very well-received shows at The Dome last year so it is great to be welcoming them back.

“For anybody who enjoyed this legendary decade, this is a night of music not to be missed - while it will also promises to be a retro treat for those too young to remember”

Tickets costing £29.50 are now on sale. Best seat packages are also available including a ticket, two-course meal, ice cream, interval drink, official programme and a half-bottle of house wine.

To book, visit www.the-dome.co.uk or call 01302 303959.

Theatre

The Woman in Black, Sheffield Lyceum theatre, October 21-25

South Yorkshire audiences are getting ready to be scared as the critically acclaimed stage production of The Woman in Black returns to the region this month, as part of a new UK tour.

Based on the best-selling novel by Susan Hill, The Woman in Black transports audiences into a terrifying and ghostly world.

A lawyer obsessed with a curse, that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectra of a ‘Woman in Black’, engages a young actor to help him tell his story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul.

It begins innocently enough, but as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds.

The boarders between make believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins to creep.

First performed at the Theatre-By-The-Sea in Scarborough in 1987 to rave reviews, over seven million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most chilling and successful theatre events ever staged.

In 2012, it was released as a major motion picture, starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), which became the highest grossing British horror film in 20 years.

The Woman in Black is on stage at the Lyceum Theatre from October 21-25.

Tickets are priced from £14.00 - £26.00 (concessions available) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 0114 249 6000 or by visiting sheffieldtheatres.co.uk (a transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings made at the Box Office, excluding cash.)

Exhibition

What’s left exhibition, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery

A new collaborative work undertaken by a collection of artists which looks at the legacy of the miners’ strike is set to open in Doncaster next month.

According to exhibition curator, Martin Pick, the premise of the art work was to create a documentary project that explores the changes to the South Yorkshire landscape since the miners’ strike.

He added: “It quickly became apparent that the people in the landscape were the main part of the story.”

“Chance encounters unlocked stories and memories, everyone wanted to have a opportunity to contribute and make a mark, to take part.”

“Other artists became involved, there are now seven, three photographers, two painters a sculptor and an installation artist.

“Each contributes a unique view, approach and experience.”

“Having an independent art group, like Doncaster’s New Fringe, made this project possible.”

“We had the confidence and collective strength to do it for our selves, confident that we would find a voice for our work, an opportunity to exhibit. “

Initially it was a set back when we were told that the project wasn’t suitable for funding and wasn’t a theme that would interest local people; but we kept going.”

“In contrast it was tremendous when the National Museum of Mining for England featured some of the work in two of their exhibitions and when Assistant Manager of Doncaster’s Art Gallery, Neil McGregor, offered a chance to stage an exhibition in the towns gallery.”

The exhibition will open at Doncaster Museum and Library on the November 8 and will run until January 4 2015.