ONLINE PERFORMANCES

All shows and events happening ONLINE on various different platforms

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Coracle productions in association with  Write longer & Alphabetti Theatre presents
Saluting Magpies by Wendy Errington
directed by Matt Jamie 

AUDIO PLAY

Premieres: Monday 29th June 2020 - 6pm

Tickets: Donate if you can Booking NOT essential

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: 35 mins

Available Online indefinitely - CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE PLAY

 

I didn't need to bury it.  I had less years of her blanking me... less of her just looking right through me.  I had a few years of being happy... I remember what that feels like. 

 

You'll forgive her... them... one day. 

What if we could talk to our younger self, how would that sound?  Would we understand how we've become the person we are today? Or would we wish we'd somehow never grown up?

Saluting Magpies is a tale of trauma, superstition, stories, and survival.

Content Warning:  This play contains themes which might be upsetting for some people. If you would like to know more before listening please see the write longer website for more information. If you are affected by issues raised in this play click here for a list of organisations who will be able to help.

Creative Team:

Written by Wendy Errington

Directed and adapted for Audio by Matt Jamie

​Cast: Janine Leigh as Ruby

Lucy Curry as Young Ruby

​with additional voices from

Jacqueline Phillips, Katie Powell, Arabella Arnott, Amelia Loulli, and Sam Neale.

About Wendy Errington

Wendy Errington started writing plays in 2017, at the age of 58. Since then she has had short plays performed at Alphabetti, Live Theatre, Theatre Space NE, and ARC Stockton. She has also had two plays produced by Coracle Productions (including another audio play "Great Expecations, A Love Story Of Sorts")  and Workie Ticket Theatre Company. Saluting Magpies is her first longer play, written as part of the "Write Longer" programme at Alphabetti Theatre.  Elements of Saluting Magpies have been previously performed as short plays in various theatres.

​Head to www.writelonger.co.uk at the end of each month in June, July and August, where three plays in progress, will be introduced. Each presented in a different format,  you will be invited to join for questions and discussion after each launch.  
Alphabetti Theatre present
The Betti Show Feat. Ruth Patterson
Hosted by Ali Pritchard 

A LIVE STREAM SHOW

Premieres: Wednesday 1st July 2020 - 8.30pm

Tickets: Donate if you can Booking NOT essential

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: Aprox. 35 mins

Available Online indefinitely - LINK TO SHOW COMING SOON

Join Alphabetti’s Artistic / Executive Director – Ali Pritchard for a live stream chat-show, his guest this month is critically acclaimed musician Ruth Patterson. Ruth  is Sage Gateshead’s 2020 Artist-in-Residence, a trustee of Alphabetti Theatre and an activist/ambassador for Attitude is Everything who campaign to improve deaf and disabled people’s access to live music. For the last 9 years, Ruth has been building a name for herself on the UK and international music scene through her folk-rock band Holy Moly & The Crackers.

Alphabetti’s building is currently closed due to Covid-19 and like so many is facing significant uncertainty. As a registered charity we need your help. On average, each year Alphabetti has 300 performances providing work for 2,000 artists and welcoming 13,500 audience members. 60% of our programme is part of our Pay What You Feel ticketing scheme and 39% tickets are £10 or under.  With our doors closed we're losing vital income, if you could help with a donation whatever the size, we'd greatly appreciate it. 

 

Despite the pandemic, we remain committed to our communities, audiences and artists. We launched 9 new writing micro-commissions – LISTEN UP - to increase under-represented voices in North East theatre (deadline mid July 2020). As well as ‘BETTi RECOMMENDS’, a weekly curated selection of free bitesize online cultural content, and free monthly online shows/performances exclusive to Alphabetti.

All our online work is free but if you can we ask that you donate to support the work we do.

This live stream is recorded by Adam Goodwin for more information about his work please click here.

Alphabetti Theatre in association with The Worriers present
Rocket Girl 
By Steve Byron 
Directed by Ali Pritchard & Matt Jamie

Premieres: Wednesday 8th July 2020 - midday

Tickets: Donate if you can Booking NOT essential

Age recommendation: 6+

Running time: 45 mins

Available Online indefinitely - CLICK HERE TO ACCESS PLAY

From the creative team who brought you Walter (winner of the Best Children's Show Award, British Theatre Guide 2017), comes a live recording from February 2020 of this fantastical family friendly show – Rocket Girl.

Follow nine year old Georgina on her adventure to design and build the very first Rocket, years before the famous George Stephenson. But instead of railroads, Georgina dreams of getting to the moon to dig for Cinder toffee (left by the toffee-dragons, as she has been told by Nana Nora) to make her fortune for her family and village.

 

Creative Team:

Director Ali Pritchard
Co-director Matt Jamie
Writer Steve Byron


Performer Jude Nelson

Voice Performer Paula Penman

Stage Manager Andrea Scrimshaw
Designer Molly Barrett

Set Builder James Pickering
Lighting Designer Louise Gregory
Sound Designer Nick Tyler
Producer Esther Fearn

ONLINE PERFORMANCE

The kids were riveted, eyes focused on Nelson as she climbed over, under and around the set, listening intently to what she said as she told her story. They sat transfixed for about an hour. And there was laughter too, not just from the kids but from the adults as well, always a sign of a well-written and performed piece.”

British Theatre Guide - click for full review

Alphabetti Theatre present
The Betti Show Feat. Gary Kitching & Diji Solanke 
Hosted by Ali Pritchard 

A LIVE STREAM SHOW

Premieres: Wednesday 29th July 2020 - 8.30pm

Tickets: Donate if you can Booking NOT essential

Age recommendation: 18+

Running time: Aprox. 75 mins

Available Online indefinitely - LINK TO SHOW COMING SOON

Join Alphabetti’s Artistic / Executive Director – Ali Pritchard for a live stream chat-show, his guests this month are Gary Kitching and Diji Solanke. Gary is an award winning writer, performer and improviser, he is an associate artist with Alphabetti Theatre. Diji is a musician, artist and model - he's an associate artist at Alphabetti Theatre.

Alphabetti’s building is currently closed due to Covid-19 and like so many is facing significant uncertainty. As a registered charity we need your help. On average, each year Alphabetti has 300 performances providing work for 2,000 artists and welcoming 13,500 audience members. 60% of our programme is part of our Pay What You Feel ticketing scheme and 39% tickets are £10 or under.  With our doors closed we're losing vital income, if you could help with a donation whatever the size, we'd greatly appreciate it. 

 

Despite the pandemic, we remain committed to our communities, audiences and artists. We launched 9 new writing micro-commissions – LISTEN UP - to increase under-represented voices in North East theatre (deadline mid July 2020). As well as ‘BETTi RECOMMENDS’, a weekly curated selection of free bitesize online cultural content, and free monthly online shows/performances exclusive to Alphabetti.

All our online work is free but if you can we ask that you donate to support the work we do.

This live stream is recorded by Adam Goodwin for more information about his work please click here.

'It’s an epic, rebellious rollercoaster of a story that takes us out on the town squealing John Peel banshee, howling under every star.' Disability Arts Online About Joey by gobscure

“How modern theatre should be, it’s live, it’s immersive and it makes you want to jump out of your seat and dance. Fans is a performance for everyone, from the teens of today right up to the oldies because quite simply, it features every genre and it moved every heart in that room” Nights Out Newcastle - About Fans by The Six Twenty

Six Twenty in association with  Write longer & Alphabetti Theatre presents
aim for horizon by gobscure
directed by Melanie Rashbrooke

A WORK-IN-PROGRESS AUDIO PLAY

Premieres: Thursday 30th July 2020 - 6pm

Tickets: Donate if you can Booking NOT essential

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: 35 mins

Available Online indefinitely - CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE PLAY

on the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave-trade, two lads meet on top of a northern fell, half a life-time on. one fell here then did a runner, the other lived with their guilt. having climbed thru the mist and out and into sunshine, they kiss, laugh, cry and start on a tentative journey towards freedoms

Head to www.writelonger.co.uk at the end of each month in June, July and August, where three plays in progress, will be introduced. Each presented in a different format,  you will be invited to join for questions and discussion after each launch. 
 

About gobscure: gobscure is a self-taught writer-performer-artist, with an acclaimed international record. their works include solo exhibitions with fokidos athens, art House wakefield, university of atypical belfast, alma zevi venice - with sound, film / av at their core.  a sage gateshead summer studios residency and francis chagrin award from sound and music last year supported ships-ov-fool - finding sonic peace in a disintegrating europe. gobscure was commissioned to write an article on their concept of mad sound for disability arts online.  gobscure was recently supported by BOOST : the Third Angel Mentoring Scheme in association with sheffield theatres.

​About Melanie Rashbrooke: Melanie is a director, producer and dramaturg, and is founder and Artistic Director of The Six Twenty - a theatre company who fuse new writing, live music and devised theatre together to make shows that are relevant, social and responsive to the modern world.
Directing credits for The Six Twenty include Redcoat (Live Theatre), Fans (UK Tour), Mixtape (UK Tour) and Breakfast Hearts / Choirplay (Live Theatre).
She’s created work for venues including Soho Theatre (London), Traverse (Edinburgh), Live Theatre and Northern Stage (Newcastle), ARC (Stockton), Port Elizabeth Opera House (South Africa), The Underbelly (Edinburgh), CAST (Doncaster), Theatre503 and the Albany (London). 
She also works as a producer for Gateshead International Festival of Theatre and from 2017-2020 was a producer for The Paper Birds.​

Alphabetti Theatre presents
Meat Factory By David Raynor 
Directed by Ali Pritchard 

ONLINE PERFORMANCE

Premieres: Wednesday 19th August 2020 - 8.30pm

Tickets: Donate if you can Booking NOT essential

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 17 mins

Available Online indefinitely - LINK TO SHOW COMING SOON

Meet Shirley Dobson OBE, winner of North-East Business Woman of the Year 2016 and National Business Award 2019, proud owner of pay day loan company - Dosh Ltd. Join her online for her pitch to the governement and fellow big-wig business types as she launches her latest business proposition as part of her company, Quick 'n' Easy Meat-Based Products.

Meat Factory was a short play that featured in the 2015 award winning promenade performance - The Rooms, at Alphabetti's old venue on Newbridge Street West. Working with videographer Adam Goodwin, Alphabetti are re-imagining this dark satirical short play into a new short film.

Creative Team:

Director Ali Pritchard
Writer David Raynor

Performer Rosie Stancliffe

Designer James Pickering
Videographer Adam Goodwin

Ben Dickenson in association with  Write longer & Alphabetti Theatre presents
Acid by John Schoneboom
directed by Ben Dickenson

A SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Premieres: Thursday 27th August 2020 - 6pm

Tickets: Donate if you can Booking NOT essential

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: 20 mins

Available Online indefinitely - CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE PLAY

ACID is an original full length play by American writer John Schoneboom, who now lives on Tyneside. By turns hilarious, surreal and shocking, it raises the curtain on the CIA’s use of LSD to develop torture techniques in the 1950s. Steeped in closely researched history, it follows scientist Frank as his patriotism is tested by redeployed Nazi doctors, off-the-wall agents, too much time spent hiding behind the walls of brothel and his son’s discovery of beat poetry.

ACID will be presented as a short documentary film, opening a window on the development of plays in the new world of socially-distanced theatre-making. Join writer, actors, director, designer and dramaturg in the workshop room, as they read extracts of ACID, discuss creative ideas and start the process of realising a future production.

The workshop will be filmed at Alphabetti Theatre, supported by Artistic Director Ali Pritchard who will also be involved in the workshop.

© 2019 Kerrin Tatman for Alphabetti Theatre

Registered charity no. 1166449

St. James' Boulevard, Newcastle, NE1 4HP

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