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Sticky Theatre and Alphabetti Theatre present a World premiere of 
My Mate Ren
Written by Tamsin Rees
Performed by Jackie Edwards
Directed by Holly Gallagher


Performance Time: 9:30pm

Covid-19 Policy: This production will have socially distanced tickets which will sell out fast, audience numbers vary depending on restrictions.  

​Tickets:  Pay What You Feel (booking essential) 

Running Time: Approx. 80 mins

Age Rec: 14+

Content Warnings:  This performance contains swearing, homophobia, homophobic slurs, themes of sexual harassment, suggestion of sexual coercion, suggestion of assault, scenes of smoking, scenes of underage drinking. For more information please contact the theatre.

‘Ren did my eye make up too cos I’m still struggling a bit with liquid eyeliner. We forgot about shaving till just before we had to go, so I did my armpits in the sink, while Ren shaved her legs in the bath. Brushed our teeth in unison.'


My Mate Ren is raw, unapologetic, and unashamed storytelling. It’s a coming of age story about growing up in the North East. We join Alex as she tells us about first kisses, sex, tinnies, cherry sourz, and her best mate Ren.


The development of this work was supported as part of the Barnsley Civic Artist Development Residency Programme 2018 and the North East Exchange (formerly NEADN). Funded by Arts Council England.


About Sticky Theatre


Sticky Theatre is a new writing theatre company founded in 2018 by Live Theatre Associate Artist Tamsin Rees and ARC Stockton Associate Artist Holly Gallagher. Sticky Theatre creates queer work from fresh perspectives.


Tamsin Rees (Writer) They/Them


Tamsin is a playwright from County Durham now working and living in Newcastle Upon Tyne. They are a member of the Orange Tree Writer’s Collective 2021, an Associate Artist at Live Theatre and was a member of the first Royal Court Writers Group North. They like telling stories that are rooted in the North East and prod at class, sexuality and power.


Past credits include Cheer Up Slug (Live Theatre), Fledglings (Nuffield Southampton Theatres), Clementines (Live Theatre), Teddy (Durham Book Festival), Fingerwank (Live/Bunker).


Tamsin is currently an AHRC funded PhD candidate at Newcastle University where they are specialising in playwriting and researching how power is negotiated in contemporary narratives through silences and subtext. They are also a script reader, writing mentor and teach scriptwriting at Newcastle University.


Holly Gallager (Director) She/Her


Holly is a Theatre Maker, Director and Facilitator based in Thornaby, Teesside interested in new work that speaks about the world we live in today and stimulates an audience's imagination. She is an Associate Artist at ARC Stockton & has been a recipient of the Third Angel Mentorship Scheme, a NEADN residency, working with Sticky Theatre given a place on the Barnsley Civic CARP scheme, and working with Samantha Neale a Live Theatre Elevator Bursary 2020. She has an MA with Distinction in Theatre and Performance from Northumbria University.


Holly has directed work for Live Elevator Festival, Alphabetti’s Write Back and Soup, Live Theatre’s 10 Mins To..., and worked with Rebecca Frecknall on Northern Stage’s Young Company (Associate) and Julie (Assistant). She was Associate Director on Yolanda Mercy's Quarter Life Crisis (Ovalhouse, Underbelly/Edinburgh Fringe) & has completed directing residencies with JMK, Young Vic/York Theatre Royal, and as JMK Assistant Director at Northern Stage.


Her debut show Before (the line is lost) was developed with ARC Stockton and previewed at Live Theatre before touring nationally. Her 2nd show Tensile Strength, was commissioned by ARC Stockton, had cash support from the Third Angel Mentorship Scheme, and was ACE funded for both it’s R&D & touring phases. The show toured to 13 different UK venues, and was performed at East Durham Trust’s ’19 conference funded through East Durham Creates. Holly is currently directing Sticky Theatre’s My Mate Ren (ACE Funded Spring 2022 Tour) and developing her next ACE funded project The Silliness Show, a show created by and for young people aged 9-12 years old.


Jackie Edwards (Alex) She/Her


Jackie Edwards is a North East based actor, writer and facilitator. She started acting at Live Youth Theatre, for whom she is now a regular facilitator.


Her acting credits include: The Dumping Ground, Inside Out (BBC), Cheer Up Slug, numerous 10 Minutes To productions (Live Theatre) and From The Ashes (Curious Monkey). She has also performed with Alphabetti, New Writing North, Circus Central and Tyneside Cinema.


She is also a writer and performer with the comedy troupe Your Aunt Fanny: Minge Unhinged (debut tour, 2019), Bonnie & Fanny’s Xmas Spectacular (Live Theatre, 2019 & 2021), Your Aunt Fanny’s Cum Back (Cumberland Arms, 2021). The group have produced a podcast (Match Made In Seven), and are now producing a large scale fundraiser, as well as their next full length show Muff Said for their Edinburgh Fringe debut in summer 2022. Jackie is passionate about North East stories, and has produced and performed in a film of a folktale she wrote herself, Some Said: The North Sea Beast, and she is working towards producing her second.