Perhaps best-known as a folk singer/songwriter, Mike Harding is currently on a tour of small venues in the north of England reading his poetry and telling the stories behind them. Friday, 7.30pm.
• The young musicians of the Northumbrian Ranters are returning to the Playhouse on Saturday, May 9, at, 7.30pm, to perform their vast array of traditional music. The students have just returned from Scotland where they captivated audiences with their singing, clog-dancing and playing. Tickets £7, £5 child/student.
• Internationally-acclaimed Third Angel comes to the Playhouse with The Life & Loves of a Nobody, a story of hope, fame and love gone wrong. On Wednesday, May 13, at 7.30pm.