My Word, it’s autumn

RIME, comedy and costumes are topping the bill as a leading North East cultural venue heads into autumn.

Along with family-based workshops and activities, The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, at South Shields, has lined up a trio of evenings aimed at adults.

And the first on the programme is Being a Detective with Stuart Gibbon, on Friday 25 October.

Born in Gateshead, Stuart headed to London as a teenager to join the police and a large part of his 30-year career was spent as a detective and, as a DCI, leading murder investigations.

Stuart now works as a writing consultant advising bestselling authors on police procedures.

He has recently co-written two books on true crime and the role of the detective – The Crime Writer’s Casebook and Being a Detective – and he will be talking about his books and his career in general.

On Friday 1 November, crime will give way to comedy when The Suggestibles take to the stage for a speeding rollercoaster of improvised games, skits, sketches and songs.

This small, but perfectly formed comedy group has been making audiences laugh for 15 years and event goers are warned the show may contain adult humour.

Rounding off the trio of Friday events is History Wardrobe Presents…Ready for Action, on Friday 8 November.

Inspired by Lucy Adlington’s new costume history book, Ready for Action, this fascinating evening looks at the impact and influence of WWII on clothes, accessories and uniforms.

“As the nights draw in, these Friday evening events are the perfect way to start the weekend,” said Tania Robinson, head of culture at The Word.

“But they do sell out quickly so we would advise people to book early to avoid disappointment.”

Being a Detective with Stuart Gibbon starts at 6.30pm and tickets cost £3.50. The Suggestibles show will begin at 7pm, priced at £8.50 per person and History Wardrobe Presents… will begin at 7pm with tickets priced at £6.50.

For more information visit https://theworduk.org.