Almost Always Muddy (Jabberwocky Market), Rounabout Garden (outdoor), Darlington, on Saturday/Sunday, 1pm

Where do all the children play? Where have all the playgrounds gone? Join the team of Almost Always Muddy in their Junk Yard playground of treasures and build them a place to tell their story. Almost Always Muddy is an immersive story telling experience. 

In the first part you are in a junkyard: pallets, tubes, ropes, nets, fabric. You are invited to use all the materials to build the places stories can happen. The Junkyard will morph into a magical place for adventure. 

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In the second part, the Almost Always Muddy team of improvisers transform your creation into a theatrical storytelling Adventure, with live music, live making and special effects. 

Almost Always Muddy is the story of a Hero's Quest for courage, improvised by the Almost Always Muddy team and led by the world you have built and the suggestions you give. This an interactive piece so expect to get building and use your imagination. 

This performance is suitable for all the family, especially children under 10. 

  • This event is part of Pop-Up Theatretown, four days of theatre, comedy and music, featuring Jabberwocky Market and Paines Plough's Roundabout, on October 5-8. To book tickets visit http://www.darlingtontheatretown.co.uk

Fourum in concert, Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, on Saturday, 7.30pm

This ever-popular local folk band return for their annual evening of entertainment at The Georgian Theatre Royal. Combining a range of over 20 instruments and memorable harmony singing, Fourum bring to the stage a bewitching combination of Scottish and Irish songs, complete with their own original ballads recounting the history, legends and characters of Swaledale and beyond.

Over the years, they have featured on radio, national television and performed in concerts and festivals in Britain and abroad. The group has also produced six albums and a book of their songs. As always, their performance will be full of audience engagement and humour, providing a fascinating, feel-good evening of fabulous music.

  • Tickets 01748-825252. 

The Northern Echo:

Jo Garlick: Wildlife and Landscapes exhibition, The Station, Richmond, from Saturday

Jo is fascinated by all elements of the natural world and having both the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors on her doorstep has offered her plenty of exciting subject matter. She works predominantly in soft pastels and loves the versatility of the medium, using it to create vibrant pictures not only of British wildlife but also of a broad spectrum of landscapes, inspired by the character and heritage of the area. Jo will also be holding a 'Meet the Artist' event on Saturday.

  • Runs until October 18.

Stick Man Live, Middlesbrough Theatre, on Sunday, 2:00pm-3:00pm, 4:00pm-5:00pm and Monday, 10:30am-11:30am, 1:00pm-2:00pm.

Touching, funny and utterly original, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man comes back to Middlesbrough Theatre. 

What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree? 

This award-winning production, from the team behind Tiddler and other Terrific Tales and The Scarecrows’ Wedding, and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves. For ages 3+.

  • Tickets on 01642-81 51 81. 

Darlington Piano Society - Martin Roscoe, The Dolphin Centre, Darlington, 3pm 

Piano Society opens its 22nd season with a recital by Martin Roscoe, one of the UK’s best loved pianists. 

His extraordinary career spans over four decades; his enduring popularity and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship allied to an easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike. 

His CV includes a repertoire of over 100 concertos performed or recorded, long-standing chamber music partnerships, frequent broadcasts and solo recitals and recordings. Teaching has always been an important part of Martin’s life and the development of young talent helps him to constantly re-examine and re-evaluate his own playing. 
He is currently a Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of Music in London and has just been awarded his Fellowship there.
Martin plays a programme of Beethoven and Schubert sonatas and works by Chopin.

  • Tickets on 01325-388406.