Whilst nearly all industries have suffered during the pandemic, live entertainment has certainly had to take a backseat.

Thankfully, Darlington Hippodrome are partnering up with two amazing creators, Nikesh Shukla and Raven Smith, to provide you with some fantastic livestream entertainment over the coming weeks.

So, if you are looking for something to get you through the lockdown, check out these amazing events that you will be able to watch from the comfort of your own home.

A Night in With Nikesh Shukla

A Livestream event to watch at home – Wednesday 3 February, 6.30pm

How do you find hope, and even joy, in a world that is racist, sexist, and facing climate crisis?

How do you prepare your children for it, but also fill them with all the boundlessness and eccentricity that they deserve, and that life has to offer?

Spend an evening with Nikesh Shukla as he explores themes of racism, feminism, parenting and our shifting ideas of home to celebrate the publication of Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home.

This heart-breaking, compelling, intensely relatable memoir is a love letter to the author’s late mother – who passed away just before his eldest daughter was born – and to his two young daughters.

Nikesh is an author, screenwriter and one of the most prominent UK voices on diversity and inclusion in the arts.

He is also the editor of bestselling essay collection The Good Immigrant.

Nikesh will examine growing up in a prejudiced society, how to negotiate race as a parent, and raising the next generation with a sense of joy in an often bleak world.

Don’t miss this generous, heartfelt, and unflinchingly honest evening with one of the most prominent UK voices on diversity and inclusion.

The event will initially be broadcast on Wednesday 3 February at 6.30pm UK time. It will be available to view up to a week after the event has ended and can be accessed worldwide.

A Night in With Raven Smith

A Livestream event to watch at home – Wednesday 17 February, 6.30pm

Is being tall a social currency? Am I the contents of my fridge? Does yoga matter if you’re not filthy rich? Is a bagel four slices of bread? Are three cigarettes a meal?

From IKEA meatballs to minibreaks, spend an evening with ‘Instagram’s funniest man’ Raven Smith as he reflects on the importance we place in the least important things and our frivolous attempts to accomplish and attain.

Live in conversation to celebrate the paperback publication of his Sunday Times bestseller Trivial Pursuits, Raven will also explore his single-parent upbringing, his struggles as a lonely teenager and his personal experience of coming out.

This is a guided tour of Raven’s refreshingly self-aware and deeply hilarious mind, as he dissects our modern-day landscape of virtue signalling and (cultural) class signalling, pinpointing our collective consciousness in a way that is both hysterical and painfully accurate.

Full of Raven’s trademark brilliant humour, great tenderness and lingering pathos, this event with Britain’s sassiest social commentator is for anyone who has ever asked ‘when I get to the pearly gates of heaven, will a viral tweet count for or against my entry?’

For more information or to book visit: www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk