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Christina Berriman Dawson & Richard Dawson in association with Alphabetti Theatre presents:
Holy & Ivan
By Christina Berriman Dawson & Richard Dawson 

ANIMATED PLAY

Premiered: Saturday 12th December 2020 - 8.30pm

Tickets: Donate if you can Booking NOT essential

Age recommendation: 12+

Running time: Approx. 20 mins

Available Online indefinitely - LINK COMING SOON! 

A Tail with a Twist - A Dog’s For Life not Just For Xmas.

Twas the 90s and Christmas Eve! Once upon a time in a town like this, snowfall blanketed Christmas, and a dog was for life. But this year our dog needs a knee replacement and that’s a present too far even for Santa’s magic. Come on an animated Christmas adventure with Holly and Ivan as Santa takes them through a mysterious night of discovery to find the true meaning of Christmas.

"You don’t believe that the magic is real? Well open some parcels then see how feel.
Look over yonder, your parents believe, open your hearts and you will receive.”

“What you speaking like that for? Stop rhyming literally everything. You creep!”

Originally part of the 2018 Christmas Cabaret at Alphabetti Theatre.

Written by Christina Berriman Dawson & Richard Dawson

Performed by Christina Berriman Dawson

Animation by Jack Holden Music

Recorded by Riverside studios

Sound Design by Richard Judson

Moon on a Stick (Credit: Tom Barrett)

Alphabetti Theatre in association with Crisis Skylight presents:
Wrong Place Wrong Time by Steve Byron & members of the 2016 Crisis Skylight creative writing class.

AUDIO PLAY

'there’s raw emotion—indeed raw passion; there’s anger and pain, and misery which, as misery begets misery, spreads beyond the girl and her family.'

Peter Lathan. British Theatre Guide about Wrong Place Wrong Time.

'a powerful play, powerfully performed by Penman, complementing How Did We Get to This Point? by showing, through her family, other kids and the school, how she did get to that point, making us ask a slightly different question than before: why on earth did we allow our society to get to this point?' 

Peter Lathan. British Theatre Guide about Wrong Place Wrong Time.

Premiered: Wednesday 16th September 2020 - 8.30pm

Tickets: Donate if you can Booking NOT essential

Age recommendation: 18+

Running time: Approx. 20 mins

Available Online indefinitely - LINK TO AUDIO HERE! 

There is only so long you can poke a monkey with a stick before it grabs it off you and beats you with it. Nicky is a gentle soul in a savage jungle trying to survive, and looking for acceptance within the right tribe. Wrong Place, Wrong Time is a short piece about the results of nature vs nurture, and how wrong place, wrong time can have life effecting consequences.

 

Directed by Laura Lindow

Performed by Paula Penman

Dramaturged by Ali Pritchard

 

Please be aware that there is strong language used from the start and themes some might find upsetting for more information please visit the website.

 

Originally performed in 2016 in reaction to How Did We Get To This Point? By Ali Pritchard. The script for Wrong Place, Wrong Time was based on a creative writing materials produced by members of the creative writing class at Crisis Skylight Newcastle Upon Tyne. After a series of workshops hosted by Ali using the script for How Did We Get To This Point? as stimulus - the members, produced their own scripts, poems and short stories. These were then inter woven together by Steve Byron for this short play.

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

AUDIO PLAY

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

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

Premiered: 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

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

ONLINE PERFORMANCE

Premiered: Wednesday 19th August 2020 - 8.30pm

Tickets: Donate if you can Booking NOT essential

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 22 mins

Available Online indefinitely - CLICK HERE TO GO TO VIDEO

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

Alphabetti Theatre & The Worriers presents:
Bacon Knees & Sausage Fingers Written & performed by Steve Byron & Gary Kitching

“It’s cleverly written and Ali Pritchard, Alphabetti’s AD, directs with sensitivity and a light touch. Kitching and Byron really inhabit their characters, investing them with a humanity totally unexpected in two people who deviate so much from the accepted norm.” British Theatre Guide, 2019 

“Ali Pritchard’s sparsely staged production does a skilful job of keeping the audience off balance with abrupt changes in tone. The audience is invited to laugh at comic misfortune one minute, and then made choke on that laughter the next.”  The Stage 2019 

Photo Credit: (Lauren Stone)

“Both men (Byron & Kitching) excel in complex roles that are never allowed to slide into easy caricature. Director Ali Pritchard ensures the piece balances its strands of dark – often very funny – comedy and black, bleak tragedy, and keeps it from tipping too far into its own absurdism.” Exeunt 2019 

AUDIO PLAY

Premiered: Wednesday 21st October 2020 - 8.30pm

Tickets: Donate if you can Booking NOT essential

Age recommendation: 18+

Running time: Aprox. 75 mins

Available Online indefinitely - CLICK HERE 

*Back due to popular demand and now as an audio play following the sell-out run in 2016 and for a whole month in 2019.*

 

TRIGGER WARNING: This show deals with extremely difficult issues from the start and throughout. If this is a concern and you would like more information please contact our general manager, Alex Fisher, on bar@alphabettitheatre.co.uk

 

Bacon Knees has always been fast. His parents were very proud. They would watch him running around the garden in circles for hours on end. In 1989 he found his calling…Crufts was on TV. 27 years later and Bacon Knees finds himself on his home track – the High Level Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne - up against a new opponent...

 

Bacon Knees & Sausage Fingers is a harrowing, heart-warming and hilarious play written and performed by Gary Kitching and Steve Byron, directed by Ali Pritchard; it tells the tale of a meeting between two social outsiders and their new bizarre friendship.

 

Directed by Ali Pritchard

Sound Recording & Editing by Matt Jamie

Sound Design by Nick Tyler

 

Bacon Knees & Sausage Fingers came out of an Alphabetti Theatre 24 Hour Challenge in May 2015, when Gary and Steve wrote a play in 24 hours reacting to stimuli provided by Ali. Following that, the three of them worked on the piece and performed it to sell-out audiences in October 2016. From there The Worriers Theatre company was formed, winning awards in 2017 and 2018. We then brought it back for one whole month in February 2019 where again it performed to sell-out audiences. Here was the fact that started this journey:

 

“In 1849, a week after opening the High Level Bridge in Newcastle upon Tyne, the Geordies worked out that it was exactly the same length as a dog track, and with raised pavements either side, they had the perfect viewing terraces. Within a week the bridge was closed to traffic by hundreds of people flocking to the bridge, closing it off to race their dogs.”

 

Since developing the play we may have discovered that Ali’s source could be slightly historically questionable/creatively embellished…but still an excellent nugget of inspiration to create Bacon Knees & Sausage Fingers.

“Laying bare the cruel ways society can and does deal with those who are different, it’s by no means an easy watch, but it’s one which should be seen by many.”  Only in Newcastle 2019

Alphabetti Theatre present
The Betti Show Feat. Ruth Patterson
Hosted by Ali Pritchard 

A LIVE STREAM SHOW

Premiered: 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 - VIA THIS LINK

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 present
The Betti Show Feat. Gary Kitching, Diji Solanke & Bonnie and the Bonnettes 
Hosted by Ali Pritchard 

A LIVE STREAM SHOW

Premiered: 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 THE STREAM 

Join Alphabetti’s Artistic / Executive Director – Ali Pritchard for a live stream chat-show, his guests this month are Gary Kitching, Diji Solanke and Bonnie and the Bonnettes. 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. Bonnie and the Bonnettes are a theatre company, a drag trio and a Alphabetti staple.

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 present

Vici Wreford-Sinnott (photo credit: Black Robin) 

Martha Hill - Grilled Cheese

The Betti Show Feat. Vici Wreford-Sinnott & Martha Hill | Hosted by Ali Pritchard 

A LIVE STREAM SHOW

Premiered: Wednesday 2nd Septmeber  2020 - 8.30pm

Tickets: Donate if you can Booking NOT essential

Age recommendation: 18+

Running time: Aprox. 75 mins

Available Online indefinitely - CLICK HERE TO GO TO VIDEO

Join Alphabetti's Artistic / Executive Director – Ali Pritchard for a live stream chat-show, his guests this month are Vici Wreford-Sinnott and Martha Hill. Vici is the Artistic director of Little Cog (www.littlecog.co.uk) , a North East-based disabled-led company. She is a writer, activist, agitator and die-hard punk. We'll be showing their short film Siege, that was a ARC Stockton & Home Manchester Commission, it's performed by actor Pippa Cole. Martha Hill left her coastal Scottish home aged 17 to busk her way around Europe before settling down in Newcastle and throwing herself into the UK music scene, her music has been played on BBC 6 music, amazing radio, BBC radio 1 and she has toured internationally. Plus she has performed at all four of Alphabetti venues and is an associate artist.

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.

Patrick Kelly (Many Moons) 

Lauren Pattison (Credit: Andy Hollingworth) 

Alphabetti Theatre present
The Betti Show Northumbria Welcome Special Feat. Patrick Kelly & Lauren Pattison | Hosted by Liv Hunt

A LIVE STREAM SHOW

Premiered: Friday 25th September  2020 - 7.30pm

Tickets: Donate if you can Booking NOT essential

Age recommendation: 18+

Running time: Aprox. 75 mins

Available Online indefinitely - CLICK HERE TO GO TO VIDEO

Join Alphabetti's Community Engagement Coordinator – Liv Hunt for a live stream chat-show, her guests this month are Patrick Kelly and Lauren Pattison. Patrick and Lauren are both Northumbria graduates. Patrick is a musician and actor, currently in band Many Moons and Lauren is a award winning internationally recognised comedian.

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.

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

A SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Premiered: 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.

'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

Premiered: Thursday 30th July 2020 - 6pm

Ticket: 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.​

© 2019 Kerrin Tatman for Alphabetti Theatre

Registered charity no. 1166449

St. James' Boulevard, Newcastle, NE1 4HP

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