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Thick Skin
10th - 28th September 2024 at Alphabetti Theatre
Pay What You Feel | 10th - 14th September
£15 Full Price, £7.50 Concession, £3 NQA* | 17th - 28th September
In collaboration with Northumbria University's Nursing Department, Alphabetti Presents 'Thick Skin'. Using real anecdotes, scored by the brilliant Ruth Lyon & Rob Green, and performed with Zoe Lambert.
 
A nurses' station is never asleep. One person passes on the last 10 or so hours of their life, a shift, to the next. It's a centuries' long chain of life, death, families, friendships, change and memories. Like a folk song passed through generations, we want this story to represent the eternal hive of the nurses' station.

Preview
We will also be performing a preview of this show on 10th September at RCN Research Conference 2024. Full timings of the day to be confirmed.
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Director & Writer
Ali Pritchard

Ali Pritchard is an award winning theatre maker, he founded Alphabetti Theatre in 2012 at the age of 22, making him one of the UK’s youngest artistic directors running a venue. He has a degree in Drama and Scriptwriting from Northumbria University, and a Higher Diploma in Contemporary Vocals from The Academy of Contemporary Music. Ali is a visiting lecturer at a number of higher educational organisations across the North East, and in 2013 was awarded ‘Best Postgraduate Lecturer’ following a year-long graduate fellowship at Northumbria University. Ali was named as one of the Rising Stars of the UK theatre industry in The Stage 100, 2023. Under Ali’s leadership, Alphabetti have become a crucial part of the arts ecology in the region, with the venue winning the prestigious awards of Best North East Cultural Venue of 2023 and The Stage Fringe Theatre of the Year 2023. Ali has been involved in every Alphabetti Theatre production. His directing credits include: The Frights, The Rooms, Bacon Knees & Sausage Fingers, Trolley Boy, Walter, Present, Opolis, Song of the Goblins and Puddle. His producing and writing credits include: How Did I Get to This Point?, How Did We Get to This Point?, Present, Opolis, Song of the Goblins, Puddle, and children’s book, Keeping Time, all for Alphabetti Theatre.

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Assistant Professor of Nursing at Northumbria
Dominic Simpson

Dominic Simpson is currently employed as an Assistant Professor at Northumbria university in the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health. He has over 7 years of teaching experience with students and colleagues in a Higher Education and healthcare practice settings at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral academic levels. Dominic’s clinical expertise is within emergency medicine and critical care, Dominic holds an honorary contract at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, regularly supporting the delivery of services to patients with service improvement initiatives developed in partnership. Dominic’s Academic expertise are related to patient safety and organisational culture. This was recognised in 2019 when he was awarded membership of the Health Foundation’s Q network; Q is an initiative connecting people, who have improvement expertise, across the UK. Dominic is co-chair of the Northern Research Network which is a prestigious position that enables leading on research activities across the region. Another key interest of work is as an active member of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN), Dominic uses this membership to provide a national voice to shape the strategy for critical care nursing and to promote safe, quality evidence-based nursing care to the critically ill patient. Dominic has been a longstanding supporter of Alphabetti theatre, initially as a volunteer, he has also worked as paid member of staff for Alphabetti for a short time. Dominic is able to support in this project as a subject matter expert, additionally he can offer support around, data collection and narrative analysis to enhance script development.

Deputy Head of Department Nursing Midwifery and Health at Northumbria
Dr. Sasha Ban

Ali Pritchard is an award winning theatre maker, he founded Alphabetti Theatre in 2012 at the age of 22, making him one of the UK’s youngest artistic directors running a venue. He has a degree in Drama and Scriptwriting from Northumbria University, and a Higher Diploma in Contemporary Vocals from The Academy of Contemporary Music. Ali is a visiting lecturer at a number of higher educational organisations across the North East, and in 2013 was awarded ‘Best Postgraduate Lecturer’ following a year-long graduate fellowship at Northumbria University. Ali was named as one of the Rising Stars of the UK theatre industry in The Stage 100, 2023. Under Ali’s leadership, Alphabetti have become a crucial part of the arts ecology in the region, with the venue winning the prestigious awards of Best North East Cultural Venue of 2023 and The Stage Fringe Theatre of the Year 2023. Ali has been involved in every Alphabetti Theatre production. His directing credits include: The Frights, The Rooms, Bacon Knees & Sausage Fingers, Trolley Boy, Walter, Present, Opolis, Song of the Goblins and Puddle. His producing and writing credits include: How Did I Get to This Point?, How Did We Get to This Point?, Present, Opolis, Song of the Goblins, Puddle, and children’s book, Keeping Time, all for Alphabetti Theatre.

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Composer & Performer
Ruth Lyon

Newcastle’s Ruth Lyon celebrates strength in vulnerability and the allure of imperfection, challenging societal norms – all unravelling through offbeat anti-folk, commanded by her soulful vocals and witty yet raw lyricism; influenced by Aldous Harding and Regina Spektor. She sits on the Board of Trustees at The  Glasshouse and is a disability activist/ambassador for Attitude Is Everything.

Rob Green

An irrepressible and captivating live performer Rob has performed across the UK and Europe. Usually only armed with his loop pedal, acoustic guitar and signature soulful vocal; Rob has opened Arena shows for internationally acclaimed soul and pop acts, such as Earth Wind & Fire, Mama’s Gun, Eric Bibb, Alexander O’Neal and Whitney Houston Hologram Tour. The singer and songwriter made his recording debut in 2012 and gained attention with his second studio EP - ROB.GREEN EP - when it debuted at number #34 and #3 in the iTunes Album and R&B chart respectively. He went on to gain international critical acclaim for the innovative, continuous shot music video for Blue - the ROB.GREEN EP's debut single, which featured Game of Thrones star Joe Dempsie as a love interest that has turned sour, currently with over 50k streams. Rob’s latest singles have gained the attention of BBC Introducing's Dean Jackson. Received plays from Tom Robinson (BBC 6MUSIC) and Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1). His third studio EP, MANHOOD, filmed in a single take was released NOV 03 2023 and is his first visual EP. It explores themes of sexuality, race and masculinity. The EP’s first single I’LL BE AROUND was made BBC Introducing Track of the Week in September 2023 and was added to the 6Music playlist by Tom Robinson calling it ‘the kind of songwriting that can save lives'. This will be Rob's second time writing for theatre at Alphabetti, after the show 'This Show is Rubbish' in 2022.

Composer & Performer
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Performer
Zoe Lambert

Originally from Yorkshire Zoe has been based in The North East for over 30 years and has worked with many companies within the region. Most recently she appeared in Cinderella A Fairytale at Northern Stage. Zoe is an associate with Open Clasp Theatre company and productions with them include Lasagna, Sugar, Rattle and Roll, Swags and Tales and Twist Of Lemon. Also For Northern Stage, Wind In The Willows, Wizard Of Oz, Threepenny Opera and The Gamblers. For Durham Gala productions include Brassed Off, Sleeping Beauty, Mad Hatters Adventures and Talking Heads Bed Amongst The Lentils. For Live Theatre, Tyne, Tales from the Backyard, Personal Belongings, Cabaret and Rendezvous .Other companies include The November Club, Curious Monkey, The Customs House (Duke in The Cupboard), and New Writing North. Work outside the region includes Comedy Of Errors and The Winters Tale with the RSC. For Northern Broadsides, Sweet William, The Bells, When We Are Married, Comedy Of Errors. The Twits, BFG and The Firebird for Bolton Octagon. Zoe sings and plays accordion with band Kissed. TV credits include Emmerdale and Coronation street.

Creative Team
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Alphabetti Theatre have been pioneers of groundbreaking, accessible and affordable theatre in the North East for over ten years. We create high-quality work that inspires and moves people, all the while developing the voices of new artists in the region. We proudly continued to make theatre during the pandemic, we opened our space as a warm hub since the cost of living crisis and we continue to support families and communities who need a safe space and access to arts and entertainment in the North East.

There is something very comforting about the intimate space at Alphabetti that offers the comfortingly familiar with the avant-garde and bohemian. You always get a very warm welcome at Alphabetti. - In Newcastle

Newcastle’s theatre scene would not be what it is without the opportunities Alphabetti has offered to so much local talent. - Prodigal Geordie


Ali Pritchard and Alphabetti Theatre have a robust history of creating plays with original music and will be thrilled to turn the stories of NUNDs into something that is timeless and meaningful.

Thick Skin will also carry the theme for our Response & Reaction Programme (for emerging artists) and our community workshop 'Repair-a-Bear'  (for families). They will run alongside the main programme for three weeks.
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