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St. James' Boulevard, Newcastle, NE1 4HP

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WHAT'S ON

All shows and events happening at: Alphabetti Theatre, St James' Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4HP

 

Tickets available online via an online booking agent Tickets Ignite or alternatively you can reserve / book over the phone - 0191 261 9125

 

Please note: tickets are available online up to one hour before an event. If you would like to book tickets after this time, please pay on the door or call the box office on 0191 261 9125 to reserve.

Genre key

Theatre / New Writing

Physical / Visual Theatre

Comedy / Improv

Cabaret / Variety

Workshop

Music

Film

Family

Social / Networking

TUESDAY 11TH JUNE

Hodes and Stone presents

A 21ST COMEDY NIGHT THAT PASSES THE BECHDEL TEST

 COMEDY 

Friday 14th February 2020

Show begins: 7.30pm

Tickets: £6 full price / £4 concession

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 2 hours including interval

A very special THIRD BIRTHDAY edition of the celebrated alternative comedy night. Expect fun! Expect friendship! Expect the unexpected! And probably, cake.

Established in 2017 as an alternative to club-comedy's "macho" posturing, this weird and wonderful night run by Lauren Stone and Liberty Hodes continues to showcase women and non-binary performers from the North East and beyond.

Alphabetti Theatre and The North East Comedy Hot House 

COMEDY SKETCH WRITING WORKSHOP

WORKSHOP

Saturday 15th February 2020

Show begins: 11:00AM

Tickets: Free booking essential

Age recommendation: 18+

Running time: Approx. 2 hours

Want  to write comedy sketches for online platforms that will get you noticed? Want to have fun experimenting with comedy sketches? Want to get your work read by actors? Then this workshop is for you!

 

Alphabetti Theatre and the North East Comedy Hot House have joined forces to develop and introduce the wealth of creative talent that the North East has to producers and national commissioners.

 

And what is this mighty vehicle? The 40 Kola Comedy Rola, a North East-based sketch competition at Alphabetti Theatre I March 2020.

 

This workshop will help you be slightly more prepared, giving you a sense of what we’re looking for. North East Comedy Hot House will share some top tips from broadcast commissioners on what works for social media.

 

If you’re a writer over the age of 18, come to the workshop and get applying! 

Find out more about entering as a writer, click here 

Bonnie and the Bonnettes and The House of Love  presents

THE BONBONS CABARET

 CABARET / VARIETY 

Saturday 15th February 2020

Show begins: 7.30pm

Tickets: £7 full price / £5 concession

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 2 hours including interval

The BonBons Cabaret is a safe environment that champions dangerous, alternative, queer performance work from the North East and beyond.

 

Step through the glitter curtain and join drag trio Bonnie and The Bonnettes, singer/songwriter MXYM, burlesque babe Mama Rhi, our appetising queen Vol-Au-Vent Love, and special guests for a glitter-fuelled, foot stomping, pant wetting cabaret riot!

 

“They make me so proud of my queerness!” - Audience Member

 

“I think this is one of the most important uses of theatre.” - Audience Member

 

“They are contagious. They are my newfound obsession.” - Audience Member

The Worriers & Alphabetti Theatre presents

ROCKET GIRL

 FAMILY / THEATRE 

Tuesday 18th - Saturday 22nd February 2020

Show begins: 1pm

Tickets: £8 full price / £6 concession / £28 family ticket (for 5 people)

Age recommendation: 6+

Running time: Approx. 60 mins

 

From the creative team who brought you Walter, comes a brand new fantastical family friendly show – Rocket Girl. Written by Steve Byron and Directed by Ali Pritchard.

Half Term price special, £28 for a family ticket

In this story we follow nine year old Georgina on her adventure to design and build the very first Rocket, years before the famous George Stephenson. But Georgina dreams not of railroads but to get to the moon and 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.

From the Creative Team that won:

Best Children’s Show Award 2017- British Theatre Guide North East

The Worriers & Alphabetti Theatre with Little Inventors presents

ROCKET GIRL - EVERYONE'S AN INVENTOR WORKSHOP

 WORKSHOP

Tuesday 18th - Saturday 22nd February 2020

Workshop begins: 2pm

Tickets: FREE! with your Rocket Girl ticket

Age recommendation: 6+

Running time: Approx 90 minutes

 

After each performance of Rocket Girl, you will have the chance to invent and build your own creations from recycled materials, just like our Rocket Girl Georgina, in our FREE 'Everyone's an Inventor' workshop! Come and let your imagination run riot and become an engineer!
 

What do you think Georgina would invent if she was here today? How would you travel to the moon? Join Little Inventors to draw and make a model of your own invention idea!

www.littleinventors.org
@littleinventors
www.facebook.com/littleinventors
www.instragram.com/littleinventors/

Sorcha McCaffrey presents

LADYBONES

 THEATRE / NEW WRITING 

Tuesday 18th - Friday 21st February 2020

Show begins: 7.30pm

Tickets: 
Tues 18th: Pay What You Feel
Wed 19th - Fri 21st: £9 full price / £7 concession

Age recommendation: 12+

Running time: Approx. 60 mins

Archaeologist Nuala unearths a skeleton and her ordered life starts to unravel. Digging into the mystery of the bones, can she handle the chaos of what she discovers?  

 

Based on personal experience, Ladybones is an uplifting and compelling story about OCD, dungarees and being weird but not a weirdo. 

 

Written and performed by Sorcha McCaffrey and directed by award-winning director Lucia Cox, Ladybones comes to Alphabetti following a successful run at Edinburgh Fringe.

 

"Elicits such immense joy and such immense sorrow, and no watcher will be the same afterwards." ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine 

 

"Original and riveting theatre" ★★★★★ The Feminist Fringe 
 

"Outstanding. It's hilarious, emotional, compassionate, and an absolute riot." 
★★★★★ Young Perspective 

The Suggestibles' School of Improv presents

COURT IN THE ACT

 COMEDY / IMPROV 

Friday 21st February 2020

Show begins: 9.30pm 

Tickets: £6 all tickets

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: 1 hour 45 mins including interval

The Improvised Courtroom Comedy.

Members of the audience - it falls upon you to act as jury to try a case of murder most foul. The modus operandi, exhibit A, scene of the crime and more fictitious facts will be decided by you. The subsequent evidence will be improvised by the cast. You must then decide, beyond all reasonable doubt, if the accused is guilty - or if the improv doesn’t fit, you must acquit!

Alfie Brown and IAM presents

ALFIE BROWN: IMAGINATION

 COMEDY 

Saturday 22nd February 2020

Show begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: £9.60 full / £7.60 concession

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 80 minutes plus interval

After a sell-out Edinburgh run which garnered incredible reviews Alfie is taking his brand new show on Tour around the UK and Europe. This year he is focused on family, friendship and inherited belief. Truly subversive and almost torridly honest, a true room distilling comedian, like him, the new hour will be loving, dangerous, inquisitive and disgusting.

"It is tricky to write 350 sensible words, when you come out a show simply thinking 'Wow! F*ck! Wow!'' ★★★★★ The Scotsman 

"The British Doug Stanhope" ★★★★ The Guardian 

★★★★The Times 

★★★★The Evening Standard 

Matt Miller & Peader Kirk presents

FITTING

 THEATRE 

Tuesday 25th February - Saturday 7th March 2020 (not Sundays or Mondays)

Show begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: 
Tuesdays / Wednesdays: Pay What You Feel
Thursdays - Saturdays: £8 full / £6 conc.  

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: 60 minutes

Magic is everywhere. Wear a dress and people treat you one way. Try a pinstripe suit and, abracadabra, it’s like you are a different person.

 

Fitting is about Matt’s adventures in dresses and suits and also has some magic tricks up its sleeves. From interactions with strangers at bus stops to transgressive explorations in charity shops, follow Matt as they navigate and explode the ground between gender binaries.

 

Matt is interested in how appearances shape how we treat each other. Being visible, being invisible. Making things appear and disappear.

 

In a show which plays with the idea of performance itself, Matt has brought along some frocks and ties, some sleight of hand, some fitting in and some standing proud. Matt is neither a boy nor a girl but has been both. Matt will do their best, for you.

 

Matt will be performing. Playing out a version of themselves. Like we all do. After all, magic is everywhere, if you look for it.

 

In turns comic and touching, Fitting explores our universal experiences of visibility, invisibility and trying to find new places to fit.

 

A theatrical genderqueer glamour fest, Sprinkled with magic and ready to mess with your binaries.

“Graceful and skilled” North East Reviews

Michael Grist & Karl Scott present

AN EVENING OF MYSTERY

 VARIETY / MAGIC 

Friday 28th February 2020

Show begins: 9.30pm 

Tickets: Pay What You Feel

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: 75 minutes

Michael and Karl are back with their intimate evening of magic and mystery! With the atmosphere akin to a gathering of friends at the centre of miracles, it will be another chance to experience this unforgettable night of unique entertainment.

New Writing North and Institute of Humanities, Northumbria University present

CRIME STORY, THE DETECTIVE: AA DHAND, MICK PATERSON & MIKE ROWE

 LITERATURE / TALK

Saturday 29th February 2020

Event begins: 2:00pm 

Tickets: £8 Full Price / £6 Concession (Student, Artist, Unwaged, Over 60s) / Triple Event Deal £20/£15

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 60 minutes

Crime writer AA Dhand, DS Mick Paterson and criminologist Mike Rowe look at fictional and real-life crime to investigate the role of a detective, and the culture within which they operate.

 

AA Dhand’s DCI Harry Virdee remains the only British Asian detective in an established crime fiction series. In Dhand’s fourth novel, One Way Out, the detective tries to prevent an impending terrorist attack, set against a backdrop of rising nationalism in his home-town of Bradford and racial and religious tensions both at work and on the streets.  

 

DS Mick Paterson has been a Detective in Northumbria police for 30 years. He heads up the Complex Case Unit, which looks at child sexual exploitation and organised criminality. In the past he has been an SIO, headed Counter Corruption and been involved in undercover work.

 

Professor Mike Rowe, Northumbria University, has an international reputation for research and publications in the field of policing, paying particular attention to policing culture and reforms, race and racism, and the policing of domestic violence.  

 

In this session, AA Dhand and criminologist Mike Rowe will take examples from both fictional and real-life crime to look at the role of a detective in an investigation and the culture within which they operate. 

 
Chaired by Professor Katy Shaw, Northumbria University.

Harriet Dyer presents

HARRIET DYER:
THE DINOSAUR SHOW

 COMEDY 

Saturday 29th February 2020

Show begins: 9.30pm 

Tickets: £8 full price / £6 concession

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 60 minutes

Harriet Dyer (BBC3, BBC Live at The Fringe, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Knock Knock, BBC Ouch, Absolute Radio) is an experience to behold and loves dinosaurs very much, here is the critically acclaimed show about such. It’s about time you discovered the cold hard truth about what really happened to our prehistoric pals. COME DIP YOUR BODY IN HER VERY LARGE CATACOMB OF CHAOS.

 

"Natural comedic genius!" Funny Women

"This show is hilarious" One4Review

“Harriet Dyer was one of the stand out su-perstars for me of this years Edinburgh Fringe. She’s insightful, unique, peerless, extraordinary and… well, maybe a little un-hinged.”
4 Extra Stands Up, BBC Radio 4

Extra Note: You might end up none the wiser but whatever happens, dinosaurs and ditties are a guarantee.

Alphabetti Theatre and PP Productions presents

40 KOLA COMEDY ROLA
ROUND 1

 COMEDY / COMPETITION 

Friday 6th March 2020

Show begins: 9.30pm 

Tickets: £5.00 all tickets

Age recommendation: 18+

Running time: 60 minutes

 

The 40 Kola Comedy Rola is a high-octane live comedy sketch show/competition set in a mock-wrestling ring.  

 

Alphabetti Theatre and 40 Kola challenge you - funny guys, gals and non-binary pals to take those chuckles, giggles, sniggers and snorts and make them roar in the ring!  

 

Across three evenings in March, 20 sketches will battle each another with one winner becoming the undisputed heavy weight sketch of the North East! Directed by Alphabetti's award winning Artistic Director, Ali Pritchard and the Alphabetti associate artist – the legendary Paula Penman.

Chambers Touring presents

SARAH KEYWORTH: PACIFIC

 COMEDY 

Saturday 7th March 2020

Show begins: 9.30pm 

Tickets: £10.60 

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 60 minutes

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee for Best Newcomer and winner of the Herald Angel Award returns with a brand-new show about the little things, the smallest details, the fixed and distinct aspects that make up what we definitively are, how we expressly think and who we unambiguously love.

 

As seen and heard on Roast Battle, The Stand Up Sketch Show and The Now Show.

 

★★★★★ The Herald

★★★★ The Times

★★★★ The Telegraph

★★★★ The Scotsman

★★★★ The Skinny

★★★★ The Arts Desk

★★★★ The List

Mike Edwards and ARC Stockton presents

DAMN SEAGULLS

 COMEDY / POETRY / THEATRE 

Tuesday 10th - Friday 13th March 2020

Show begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets:
Tues 10th: Pay What You Feel
Wed 11th - Fri 13th: £8 full price / £6 concession

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: 60 minutes

Damn Seagulls is a show about hats.

 

It is about the hats we wear every day. Literal. Metaphorical. Bobble.

 

It's about Indiana Jones' Fedora. Chaplin's Bowler. It's about what we keep under out hats.

 

It’s about what we take our hats off to. It's about hats worn. Hats worn out. Hats lost. Hats found.

 

After an eventful school trip to Whitby, Stephen stuck up for his little brother Mike, and ended up having to wear a humiliatingly silly hat. Years after Stephens death, whenever Mike thinks about his older brother, he pictures him in that Damn Seagulls hat.

Alex Kealy presents

ALEX KEALY: RATIONALE

 COMEDY 

Thursday 12th March 2020

Show begins: 9.30pm 

Tickets: £8 full price / £6 concession

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 60 minutes

Political comedian & "rising star of the British stand-up scene" (List) Alex Kealy explores the emotional roots of our rational thoughts.

"A storming show" The Sunday Times

 

Top 10 Jokes of Edinburgh 2019 The Guardian

 

"If you're interested in politics, this is a must-see"★★★★ Broadway Baby

“Internal damage from laughing so much”★★★★ Shortcom

Alphabetti Theatre and PP Productions presents

40 KOLA COMEDY ROLA
ROUND 2

 COMEDY / COMPETITION 

Friday 13th March 2020

Show begins: 9.30pm 

Tickets: £5.00 all tickets

Age recommendation: 18+

Running time: 60 minutes

 

The 40 Kola Comedy Rola is a high-octane live comedy sketch show/competition set in a mock-wrestling ring.  

 

Alphabetti Theatre and 40 Kola challenge you - funny guys, gals and and non-binary pals to take those chuckles, giggles, sniggers and snorts and make them roar in the ring!  

 

Across three evenings in March, 20 sketches will battle each another with one winner becoming the undisputed heavy weight sketch of the North East! Directed by Alphabetti's award winning Artistic Director, Ali Pritchard and the Alphabetti associate artist – the legendary Paula Penman.

Doug Skelton presents

THE CINEMA SHOW

 MUSIC 

Saturday 14th March 2020

Show begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: £5 full price / £8 with CD included

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 2 hours including interval

 

The Cinema Show unites archived audio samples with alternative art rock in an audio-visual experience to tell landmark stories from the past in a fresh light. 

For one night only, The Cinema Show performs its debut album 'This is the One' with a full live band. It'll be the culmination of a year-long project, not to mention a huge ambition to bring this music to an audience. Copies of the album are available combined with a ticket.

"I am so excited for this performance - their music is similar to Public Service Broadcast and they are just incredible. Plus for this show I've been promised brass, strings and synths!"
Ali Pritchard - Alphabetti Theatre's Artistic / Executive Director

Operating Theatre presents

DEEP MIND AND THE
GREAT PUZZLE

 THEATRE 

Tuesday 17th - Thursday 19th March 2020

Show begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: Pay What You Feel

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: Approx. 90 mins including a post-show discussion

 

Quantum computing has helped eradicate most disease. The United Nations has finally adopted the Fourth Age Charter and the lucky few who can afford it live happy, healthy lives. The population dip has  brought with it undeniable benefits. The world is a greener, cleaner place. They promised us conflict resolution and they delivered. And yet, some people have the audacity to question their motives. 

 

Deep Mind and The Great Puzzle examines the impact of technology on the human body and the human mind. In the future, will we be able to call ourselves human? Will we want to? 

Image credit: Enlightenment 3, Susan Aldworth & Andrew Carnie, monoprint 2015, 85 x 76cms

Born Lippy presents

HIP HOP & GRIME UNPLUGGED:
FEAT. KEN MASTERS, REALI-T & DROP DEAD FRED

 MUSIC / SPOKEN WORD 

Friday 20th March 2020

Show begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: £5 all tickets

Age recommendation: 18+

Running time: Approx. 90 mins plus interval

 

What would happen if three of the most hard hitting Hiphop and Grime artists were stripped of their usual electronic beats and were made to spit their finest verses, accompanied by nothing but the strings of an acoustic guitar?

 

In this unique performance, local rapping legend Ken Masters will perform his newest album (Cosmic Viking Wizard Funk), alongside grime and rap hero REALI-T aka ‘Ya boy from Hackney’ with some of his stone cold classic tracks, accompanied by professional guitarist Drop Dead Fred, who is also an M.C in own right and will be mixing it up by spitting bars whilst plucking strings. 

Alphabetti Theatre and PP Productions presents

40 KOLA COMEDY ROLA
GRAND FINAL

 COMEDY / COMPETITION 

Saturday 21st March 2020

Show begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: £5.00 all tickets

Age recommendation: 18+

Running time: 60 minutes

 

The 40 Kola Comedy Rola is a high-octane live comedy sketch show/competition set in a mock-wrestling ring.  

 

Alphabetti Theatre and 40 Kola challenge you - funny guys, gals and and non-binary pals to take those chuckles, giggles, sniggers and snorts and make them roar in the ring!  

 

Across three evenings in March, 20 sketches will battle each another with one winner becoming the undisputed heavy weight sketch of the North East! Directed by Alphabetti's award winning Artistic Director, Ali Pritchard and the Alphabetti associate artist – the legendary Paula Penman.

The Suggestibles' School of Improv presents

RAT RACE

 COMEDY / IMPROV 

Saturday 21st March 2020

Show begins: 9.30pm 

Tickets: £6 all tickets

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 1 hour 45 mins including interval

 

The Knockout Improv Comedy Game Show!

The Pets v The Labs. 2 teams of improvisers scramble to win your laughter, applause and votes in relentless rounds of hilarious games, sketches and songs. It's gonna be funny, fun, fundamentally improvised, and all inspired by your suggestions. Who will be crowned? You decide!

 

Hosted and directed by members of The Suggestibles, who challenge the teams made-up of improvisers from School of Improv, and accompanied by an improvising musician and guest improv pundit

Lauren Pattison presents

LAUREN PATTISON & PALS

 COMEDY 

Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th March 2020

Show begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: £8 full price / £7 concession

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 90 minutes

 

Following a whirlwind couple of years of awards, nominations, sell-out shows and international touring, Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee 2017 Lauren Pattison is back on home turf, for a week of special shows with something different every night. 

From a first peek at her new show, to the very best of the rest. She’s bringing guests, pals and who knows what else? It’s a total takeover with every night guaranteed to be very different and very fun. Keep an eye online for more details!

 

As seen on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store, 'Roast Battle' and supporting Katherine Ryan on tour.

TUESDAY 24TH MARCH - LINEUP ANNOUNCED! LAUREN PATTISON AND LOST VOICE GUY A.K.A LEE RIDLEY

Lauren & Lee have been friends for a long time. They've enjoyed watching each others successes, so what better way to kick off Lauren & Pals then with an evening with two of the regions top comedy talents bringing to you all their best bits for one laugh out loud night.

 

WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH - LINEUP ANNOUNCED! "ANGELS OF THE NORTH (EAST)"

 

The North East is home to some of the finest comedians in all the land, with an absolute wealth of boss female talent. So join us for a night celebrating the absolute Angels of the North East comedy circuit.

 

Featuring:  Lauren Pattison, Louise Young, Lauren Stone, Sammy Dobson, Kate Monnelly, Sam Mayes, and a headline set from Your Aunt Fanny

THURSDAY 26TH MARCH - LINEUP ANNOUNCED! "KEEP CALM, COMEDY ON"

A special night in aid of CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably. With stand up sets from some of your favourite faces, they’ll then join Lauren for frank and funny chats about mental health. We’ll be breaking down taboos and opening up conversations that show we all have our good and bad days, and it’s very much OK, to not be OK. But of course we’ll be dealing with all this with a hearty dose of humour and make sure it’s funny, because otherwise that all sounds a bit intense and scary doesn’t it? We promise, it’ll be fun. Promise. I SAID WE PROMISE.

All money from tickets will go to CALM

Featuring: Hal Brandon and Matt Reed, more TBA

FRIDAY 27TH MARCH - LINEUP ANNOUNCED! "WORK IN PROGRESS"

Join two of the country’s finest rising young stand ups, both armed with Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominations as they serve up an early helping of their brand new shows for Edinburgh Fringe 2020.

Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated Olga Koch and star of Mock The Week and the Now Show Olga Koch comes back with a WIP of her third hour! This year she tackles her identity as an immigrant, a drama queen and the biggest Vampire Weekend fan the world has ever seen.

SATURDAY 28TH MARCH - DETAILS COMING SOON!



"Razor wit and brutal honesty'" ★★★★★ List 

 

"A breath of feisty fresh air" ★★★★★ Herald 

 

"Spiky, deliciously bawdy and remarkably assured" ★★★★ Telegraph 

New Writing North & Institute for Humanities, Northumbria University present

CRIME STORY, THE CRIME SCENE: OLIVER HARRIS, JUDITH O'REILLY & LARS HOLMQUIST

 LITERATURE / TALK

Saturday 28th March 2020

Event begins: 2:00pm 

Tickets: £8 full price / £6 concession (Student, Artist, Unwaged, Over 60s)

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 60 minutes

 

Oliver Harris and Judith O’Reilly talk to leading Professor in AI, Lars Holmquist, about their new thrillers that use technology as the setting for a very modern crime scene.

Increasingly, technology provides both the materials and the setting for criminal activity.  

 

In A Shadow Intelligence Oliver Harris brings the spy novel into ultra-contemporary territory, where psychological warfare is conducted by social media and the use of deep-fakes, and state intelligence vies with powerful external agencies like Cambridge Analytica, making it impossible to tell who is manipulating whom.  

 

In Judith O’Reilly’s latest thriller, Curse the Day, a scientist is on the brink of an astonishing breakthrough in artificial intelligence, as his creation appears to have achieved consciousness – when the AI device witnesses his murder. 

 

Professor Lars Erik Holmquist, Northumbria University, is an internationally leading researcher in human computer interaction, interaction design and ubiquitous computing.  

 

Together, they will discuss the opportunities for digital technology as the setting for a very modern crime scene.  

 
Chaired by Professor Katy Shaw, Northumbria University.

Leyla Josephine presents

DADDY DRAG

 THEATRE 

Tuesday 31st March - Saturday 4th April 2020

Show begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: 
Tues 31st: Pay What You Feel
Wed 1st - Sat 4th: £9 full price / £7 concession

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: Approx. 60 minutes

 

This is a show about dads. Good dads, daft dads, dads who wear slogan t-shirts, dads that put on barbecues, dads that tell bad dad jokes. This is a show about dads who are absent and dads who are not very good dads at all. Daddy Drag asks us to consider how the relationships with our fathers affect us for the rest of our lives.

Watch as Leyla Josephine attempts to understand what it means to be a father through her witty performance style, drag costumes and complex but unconditional love for her dad.

★★★★★ The Skinny

★★★★★ The Feminist Review

★★★★ Fest

★★★★ The List

★★★★ Broadway World

Lyn Gardner’s Top Picks for Edinburgh Fringe 2019
The Guardian’s shows to catch Edinburgh Fringe 2019

Tatwood Puppets presents

MICROBODYSSEY

 FAMILY / PUPPETRY / SCIENCE THEATRE 

Tuesday 7th - Saturday 11th April 2020

Show begins: 1pm (plus extra 11am show on Sat 11th)

Show Tickets: £8 full price / £6 concession / £28 family ticket for 5 people

Age recommendation: 5+ / families

Running time: 50 minutes

They’re all around us but we cannot see them. Come and discover the extraordinary world of microbes - the invisible organisms that shape our planet. Join your larger-than-life tour guide Brenda and friendly and forgetful lab assistant Charles as they unearth miniature monsters and curious creatures in hidden worlds much closer than you might think. A visual theatre experience for both adults and children that features puppetry, shadow theatre and an original score, Microbodyssey is an unforgettable journey into the microscope that makes science captivating and fun.

Easter Holidays price special, £28 for a family ticket

Why not stick around after the show and take part in Newcastle University's Microbiology Workshop for kids happening in the Alphabetti bar! The workshop is free but needs to be booked separately (see event below). 

★ The Wee Review

“Highly recommended! ... quirky and charming ... lively and unusual” 
Primary Times Edinburgh

 

Newcastle University presents

MICROBIOLOGY WORKSHOPS

 WORKSHOP / FAMILY 

Tuesday 7th - Saturday 11th April 2020

Workshop begins: 2pm (plus extra 12pm workshop on Sat 11th)

Show Tickets: FREE! (booking required)

Age recommendation: 5+ / families

Running time: 45 minutes

Join Newcastle University for a workshop investigating all things Funghi and learn some gross facts about the microscopic world, and see how good you are at washing your hands!

You don't need to have a ticket for Microbodyssey by Tatwood Puppets (see event above) to attend the workshop. Accompanying adults do not need tickets but are required to stay with their children during the workshop. 

Blowin' a Hooley Theatre presents

YARNS FROM HYEM

 THEATRE / NEW WRITING 

Tuesday 7th - Saturday 11th April 2020

Show begins: 7.30pm

Show Tickets: Pay What You Feel

Age recommendation: 12+

Running time: Approx. 2 hours

Award-winning Blowin’ A Hooley Theatre presents ‘Yarns from Hyem’ - a collection of four North East plays. A top team of regional actors, directors and producers bring to life beautiful and hilarious plays from critically acclaimed writers Julia Darling and Alex Oates, rising star Elijah Young and a new local writer commissioned to have their work produced for the first time. Supported by Arts Council England, ’Yarns from Hyem’ takes you through the highs and lows of love and loss, making you laugh and cry in an evening that champions North East talent!

Serena Ramsey presents

WAXA BELTA HELTA SKELTA

 THEATRE / COMEDY 

Tuesday 14th - Thursday 16th April 2020

Show begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets:
Tues 14th: Pay What You Feel
Wed 15th / Thurs 16th: £8 / £6

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 60 minutes

Following her breakthrough performance at Edinburgh fringe 2018, clown, theatremaker and comedian Serena Ramsey is back with her new solo show Waxa Belta Helta Skelta, a surreal look at abandonment, cults and Mammy issues.

Combining live soundscapes, playful storytelling, dark humour and experimental electro- music for support, this absurd true story engulfs us in the explosive world of one young Geordie girl with a missing mum, but plenty of pasties.

On a journey to understand just why her mum left to join a cult, this true story uses witch-craft, dance numbers, sausage rolls and lots of Newcastle Brown Ale to understand acceptance and the many ways that it takes its form.

With a voice finally ready to share such a personal experience, Ramsey brings emotions to the stage that will resonate heavily with anyone who has ever experienced loss, love and the need for answers. With her unique brand of comedic storytelling, drawing on clown influences, the audience will leave laughing, crying and craving a sausage roll.

“Has the audience splitting at their seams”  A Younger Theatre

"A multifaceted threat with the prowess to seduce any audience"  The Voice Magazine

Just Write, Coracle, Six Twenty & Alphabetti presents

JUST WRITE FESTIVAL

 THEATRE / NEW WRITING 

Saturday 18th April 2020

Show begins: Midday - 11pm (see below for individual show times) 

Tickets:
£12 for full day or £5 for individual shows

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: Plays are 60 mins each

One day. Three new plays. A panel of industry experts. A ton of chances to meet writers, directors and producers from the North East.

 

Featuring premieres of Wendy Errington’s Saluting Magpies produced by Coracle Theatre, Sean Burn’s Aim For The Horizon realised by The Six Twenty, and John Schoneboom’s Acid created by Alphabetti Theatre.

 

Join us for a show, or the whole day. Chat with theatre makers and writers. Hear from a panel of venues and companies that commission new writing, or just hang around and see what writing scripts for the stage is all about.

ORDER OF EVENTS

  • 12pm: informal meet & greet in the Alphabetti bar

 

  • 1pm: premiere of Saluting Magpies in the main theatre

       written by Wendy Errington, produced by Coracle

 

  • 2.30pm: informal meet & greet in the Alphabetti bar, food available

 

  • 4pm: premiere of Aim For The Horizon in the main theatre

       written by Sean Burn, produced by The Six Twenty

 

  • 6pm: industry panel with commissioning theatre companies in the Alphabetti Bar
    Chaired by Ben Dickenson, panel including Melanie Rashbrooke (The Six Twenty), Matt Jamie  (Coracle Theatre), Ali Pritchard (Alphabetti Theatre), Arts Council England representative  – more names to be announced soon

           

  • 7.30pm: premiere of Acid in the main theatre
    written by John Schoneboom, produced by Alphabetti Theatre

Holy What presents

A GIRL IN SCHOOL UNIFORM
(WALKS INTO A BAR)

 THEATRE 

Tuesday 21st - Saturday 25th April 2020

Show begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: Pay What You Feel

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: Approx. 75 minutes

It’s the future. But only slightly. There are blackouts. No one knows what’s causing them, but that doesn’t stop people going missing in them. Now Steph and Bell, a schoolgirl and barmaid, have to search for their missing friend, until the outside world starts infecting the theatre that stands around them…

 

Originally supported and developed by Leeds Playhouse before transferring to the New Diorama Theatre in London, Holy What's A Girl in School Uniform (Walks into a Bar) is a bold new play about crisis, darkness, cities and hope.

 

“A resounding shot in the dark” ★★★★ The Guardian

 

“Intelligent ultra-live production of a chilling, funny, contemporary new play” ★★★★ The Stage

 

“This is quite brilliant, leaning on the likes of Caryl Churchill, Martin Crimp and other masters of elliptical language” ★★★★ Time Out

The Suggestibles' School of Improv presents

COURT IN THE ACT

 COMEDY / IMPROV 

Friday 24th April 2020

Show begins: 9.30pm 

Tickets: £6 all tickets

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: 1 hour 45 mins including interval

The Improvised Courtroom Comedy.

Members of the audience - it falls upon you to act as jury to try a case of murder most foul. The modus operandi, exhibit A, scene of the crime and more fictitious facts will be decided by you. The subsequent evidence will be improvised by the cast. You must then decide, beyond all reasonable doubt, if the accused is guilty - or if the improv doesn’t fit, you must acquit!

New Writing North & Institute for Humanities, Northumbria University present

CRIME STORY, DEAD GIRLS: JESSICA MOOR, MIM SKINNER & NICCI MACLEOD

LITERATURE / TALK

Saturday 25th April 2020

Event begins: 2:00pm 

Tickets: £8 Full Price / £6 Concession (Student, Artist, Unwaged, Over 60s)

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 60 minutes

Novelist Jessica Moor, author Mim Skinner and forensic linguist Nicci MacLeod discuss the trope of the dead girl in crime fiction and how it intersects with contemporary issues.

Jessica Moor’s debut novel Keeper follows a women’s refuge after one of the support workers is found drowned. Having worked with female victims of violence, Jessica Moor confronts the pressing issue of coercive control in a thriller that is as shocking as it is commonplace.

Mim Skinner worked in a women’s prison for three years. Her book Jailbirds is a heartbreakingly poignant and stark account of the UK’s attitude towards women on the fringes of society.

Nicci MacLeod is a forensic linguist at Northumbria University, who has published research on the language of police interviews and female victims in the legal system.

Together they will discuss one of crime fiction’s most ubiquitous tropes: the beautiful female victim, and how accurately this reflects the real issues facing women, across all parts of the criminal justice system.

Chaired by Professor Katy Shaw, Northumbria University.

Cap-a-Pie presents

CREDIT

THEATRE

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Show begins: 2:00pm & 7:30pm

Tickets: FREE (booking essential)

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: 1 hour + post-show discussion

Credit, written by Laura Lindow.

Understand how and why the welfare system has changed and how it affects all of us.

This show will feature real stories and experiences of people who are living on Universal Credit - the latest and biggest change to the benefits system.

Made alongside people who are claiming Universal Credit, support organisations and researchers, Credit is an honest picture of how people in the North East are dealing with the ongoing changes to the welfare system.

Credit will make you consider whether we have a welfare safety net anymore, and about how all of us, our family members, and fellow citizens, are affected. We want you to be inspired to decide what the welfare state should look like for our community.

 

Cap-a-Pie has made Credit in collaboration with Newcastle University, Teesside University, Gateshead Council, Newcastle Council, Citizens Advice Gateshead, Your Voice Counts, Oasis Community Housing.

This show has been kindly funded by Newcastle University; Using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England; and Gateshead Council.

Steve Arran presents

SHAKESPEARE'S SPEAKEASY

 THEATRE 

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Show begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: Pay What You Feel

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: Approx. 90 minutes

Can a group of strangers successfully stage a Shakespearean play in a day?

Shakespeare's Speakeasy presents irreverent and accessible Shakespearean productions designed especially to blow the cobwebs off your boring childhood memories of reading The Bard in English class. Expect your preconceptions to be subverted, to laugh until your sides hurt, and to enjoy Shakespeare in the rough and raucous way that Big Willie would have intended. 

Uncaged presents

TRANSCEND:
AERIAL AND SPOKEN WORD

 PHYSICAL THEATRE 

Thursday 30th April 2020

Show begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: £7 full / £5 concession

Age recommendation: 18+

Running time: 90 minutes

Transcend sees a variety of aerialists and artists come together to create and innovate. Each night we will have a roster of aerialists and spoken word performers, musicians and visual artists generating new and exciting material that's completely unrehearsed. Aerialists will respond to the art they see or hear.  Spoken word artist Kirsten Luckins is our headliner for the April event. There is also an open mic, so if you are an aerialist, writer, musician or artist, please come down and join in or email uncagedemail@gmail.com for info.  

Hodes and Stone presents

A 22ND COMEDY NIGHT THAT PASSES THE BECHDEL TEST

 COMEDY 

Saturday 2nd May 2020

Show begins: 7.30pm 

Tickets: £6 full price / £4 concession

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 2 hours including interval

Established in 2017 as an alternative to club-comedy's "macho" posturing, this weird and wonderful night run by Lauren Stone and Liberty Hodes continues to showcase women and non-binary performers from the North East and beyond.