TODAY: A COMBINATION of puppetry, live music and acrobatics is the story of Backgammon For Beginners. It tells the life story of an Iranian man who arrives in London in 1976. Unknown to airport officials, So & So Circus tells the story of this extraordinary man who tries to survive as his cultural past and present collide. Tickets £10. Starts at 8pm. Call 01302 342349.
FROM SATURDAY: THERE’S no such thing as The Perfect Murder - or is there? The seven-night run is to be performed by Bawtry’s Phoenix Theatre later this month. Carla Moorland has been murdered and accountant John Hoskins is certain who did it - he did! Tickets £7 are available from the Spar on Station Road in Bawtry. The May 26 performance costs £12 and includes a post-show buffet.
UNTIL SATURDAY: WHODUNNIT Dead Ringer, performed by The Phoenix Players, will have audiences at Rotherham’s Civic Theatre on the edge of their seats. Tickets £7. Call 01709 823640.
SUNDAY: SEEK out a bargain among 380 stalls at the Antique and Collectors fair at Doncaster Racecourse. The fair is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm. For further details, contact 0161 283 1255.
SUNDAY: CHEERLEADERS, stalls and family entertainment will be on offer in Thorne Park from midday to 3pm.
SUNDAY: SEE a different side of the Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield. A big screen will be set up as part of the Future Shorts Festival. Suitable for those aged 18 plus. Films from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets £4. Visit www.simt.co.uk for details.
SATURDAY: GET both your fashion and your racing fixes at the Frenchgate Fashion Fiesta. Stylish punters will be able to enjoy a fashion show - where they might even pick up their St Leger outfit. Gates open at 4pm. Visit www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call 01302 511918.
SATURDAY: A CONCERT from South Yorkshire Police Male Voice Choir and pupils from Hill House School is taking place at the school. Proceeds from the concert will go towards the Doncaster Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Services. Starts at 7pm. Tickets £8 are available on the door or in advance on 01302 390579.
TOMORROW UNTIL SUNDAY: Doncaster Annual Folk Festival returns for its fifth year - and organisers say this is going to be the best one yet. It showcases a mixture of national and international folk and acoustic performers as well as upcoming local talent. Other highlights include a Ceilidh night, Morris Dancing displays and a Sunday sing-around. Weekend ticket £35. Visit www.doncasterfolkfestival.org.uk for more information.
SATURDAY: IT’S the 100th year of the Don Valley Centenary Festival. The main event earlier this year was a huge success with tens of competitors entering a series of music, arts and drama events. Starts at 7pm at The Ivanhoe Centre on Gardens Lane, Conisbrough. Tickets £10, which includes refreshments.
UNTIL SATURDAY: GREASE is the word at Sheffield’s Lyceum theatre. With Doncaster’s Josh Dever in the cast, this family-friendly musical is filled with fantastic sing-a-long classics as well as a healthy dose of the school days fun. Tickets from £22. Call 0114 249 6000 or visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
TOMORROW: DON’T miss South Yorkshire band The Kamen at The South Sea venue in Broomhill. It’s a free gig with three support bands. It’s a warm-up gig before they head to Huddersfield on Sunday to play in the next round of the Live and Unsigned competition which could take them to London’s O2 Arena.
TODAY: SING-ALONG to God Save the Queen and Rule Britannia with the There’ll Always Be An England show at the Dearne Playhouse. Enjoy a nostalgic afternoon of 60 years of classic songs and memories. Tickets £9. Starts at 2pm. Call 01709 894128.
ONGOING: A FASCINATING insight into Doncaster’s past is available at The Point on South Parade. The Sand House exhibition is a chance to appreciate the eccentric artwork of a Victorian businessman and marvel at the tourist attraction the original site could have been for the town. A replica of one of the Sand House sculptures has been created at the site. Visit www.thepoint.org.uk for further details.
TOMORROW: FOLLOWING on from his sell-out national tour, Robin Ince continues with his exploration of the human condition. His Happiness Through Science calls at Barnsley Civic Theatre. Starts 8pm. Tickets £12. Call 01226 327000.