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Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic our doors are currently closed to you until 25th May 2021, but we are still releasing online content to keep you entertained. 

We have developed our new season so we can premiere both ONLINE and at ALPHABETTI THEATRE as detailed below. Booking is essential. For online performances, audience members will be sent a link at 6:30pm on the day of the performance.

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Alphabetti Theatre Presents
Listen In
by Kay Greyson, Richard Boggie & Lauren Pattison 

Directed by Jonluke McKie 

Produced by Esther Fearn & Ali Pritchard 

Sound design and editing by Matt Jamie

Photo credit: Matt Jamie 

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An immersive audio show available online. Three incredible short plays in reaction to a lonely theatre.   

 

When:  Tues 4th - Sat 15th May 2021 (excluding Sundays & Mondays) 

Online Audience: The performance will be live streamed every night at 7:30pm. 

Tickets:  Pay What You Feel (booking essential) 

Running Time: Approx. 60 mins 

Age Rec: 16+ 

Access: All performances are captioned & audio described.

Content Warning: These pieces contain themes of addiction, health emergency and grief. For further information please contact admin@alphabettitheatre.co.uk

 

The Last Laugh, Written & Performed by Lauren Pattison 

“I’ll come out in a bit. Not yet though. Bit nervous. I had a nightmare of a gig last time, I’m spooked now. Like a dog who’s heard the hoover for the first time.” Katie Baker is a stand-up comedian facing her fear: returning to her most dreaded venue after a horrific gig that she’ll never forget.  

The Interval, Written by Richard Boggie & performed by Carl Kennedy 

“I still look forward to the interval. I try to get a seat near the door, so I can slip out quickly to the bar.” The Interval is a tale about escapism, addiction and love.  

 

An Empty Room, Written & Performed by Kay Greyson  

"I started rapping when I was six, the forbidden world of hip hop with all its thrills and swearing called out to me. I was hooked, I wanted to be a rapper, and I wasn't accepting a plan B." An autobiographical story about Kay’s career, looking at one of her best but also worst ever gigs, featuring live music.

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Alphabetti Theatre Presents
AWARE
with films by Hijinx, Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company and About Face Theatre Company
Produced by Esther Fearn & Ali Pritchard 
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We are installing three film booths in the venue, each booth will show a different short film by these fantastic, groundbreaking theatre companies. Each booth will fit one household/bubble at a time.    

When:  Tues 25th May - Sat 5th June 2021 (excluding Sundays & Mondays)

Live Audience:A household/support bubble experiences the show in their own time slot. One slot for one bubble (up to 6 people). Slots available every 30 mins from 5.00pm to 9.30pm Tues - Fri and from 11.30am – 9.30pm Sat.

Online Audience: The performance will be live streamed every night at 7:30pm. 

Tickets:  Pay What You Feel (booking essential) 

Running Time: Approx. 70 mins 

Age Rec: 14+ 

Access: All performances are captioned, audio described, relaxed & wheelchair accessible.

 

Access for live performances: All performances are captioned, audio described & wheelchair accessible.

 

Hijinx presents The Audition – a short documentary.

Directed by Dylan Wyn Richards 

Produced by Daniel McGowan & Clare Williams 

Camera Huw Walters 

Made with the support of Morrisons Foundation and Ffilm Cymru Wales 

In the spring of 2019, thirty neurodivergent actors auditioned for roles in a groundbreaking feature film. During the audition process and interviews, these remarkable performers discussed their unique experiences and outlook on the world. 

The result is a revelatory, extraordinary documentary fusing powerful acting with equally striking insights into politics, dreams, trauma, family, friendship and life as someone with a different, astonishing mind.

 

Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company presents Retake, Remake

Directed by Jan-Willem Van Den Bosch

With Creative Collaboration by Melody Sproates

Made with support of National Lottery Community Fund, Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. 

 

Retake, Remake explores films that portray people with learning difficulties but are played by actors without learning difficulties. The Lawnmowers Theatre Ensemble reclaim these films and make them their own. The actors create a new story-led show that uses lip-sync in a fun and clever way mixing edited audio, live performance and film footage to create a conceptual conversation about representation, ability and ownership.

 

About Face Theatre Company presents Creation

Directed by Jess MacKenzie

Directed by Jess MacKenzie and creative collaboration with The Fetch Theatre Company and The Creative Arcade. About Face is part of ECHO . Made with support from The Arts Council.

 

Strikingly staged using micro-puppetry, About Face weaves ancient stories of greed, fear and redemption applied to our world today, with music, narrative and strong magic. About Face Theatre Company is the flagship company of actors with learning disabilities in the West Midlands. It provides a wide range of opportunities for people with learning disabilities to grow in confidence through performance based skills, specialising in puppet and mask work.  

 

How does it work for a live audience? 

  • Book a time slot (one slot will admit your household/support bubble of max. 6 people). 

  • Arrive at the venue at least 15 mins before the start time. Bring your own headphones and face mask or you can buy some from us. 

  • Check in at the Box Office (located outside). 

  • Order any refreshments from the hatch in the entrance, these will then be delivered to you outside.  

  • The Box Office will call your time slot and take you to the first space.   

  • At the end of each play, follow the directions to the next.  

  • Once you have experienced all three plays, you Pay What You Feel you can afford (located at the exit). 

AWARE has been made possible with the support of Newcastle Cultural Investment Fund managed by Community Foundation. AWARE was originally conceived in partnership with Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company as a festival in 2020.

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Alphabetti Theatre in partnership with Newcastle University presents 
Sucking Eggs by Steve Byron 

Directed by Karen Traynor
Produced by Esther Fearn & Ali Pritchard

Musical re-arrangement & performance by Ceitidh Mac

Sound Design by Nick Tyler

Set & Costume design by Anna Robinson

Stage Managed by Rachel Glover

Performed by Jacqueline Phillips & Steve Hawksby

Commissioning Producer Charlie Wilkinson 

Photo Credit: Molly Barrett

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“Some days I just want to shout to the world that I am still here and I have something to say.” A kitchen sink drama about what it means to grow old.   

 

When:  Tues 15th - Sat 26th June 2021 (excluding Sundays & Mondays) 

Performance Time: 7:30pm plus a 1:00pm relaxed Saturday matinee  

Live Audience: Socially distanced tickets will be available and will sell out fast, audience numbers vary depending on restrictions. 

Online Audience: Every performance from Tues 22nd June will be live streamed.  

Tickets:  Pay What You Feel (booking essential) 

Running Time: Approx. 70 mins 

Age Rec: 16+ 

Access for live performances: Captioned Performance Wednesday 15th June (please book tickets stage right to be in sightline).Audio Described Performance Wednesday 22nd June. All performances are wheelchair accessible. Relaxed performances are on Saturday matinee 19th and 26th June.

 

Peter is in his late sixties and has accepted his ageing with grace. He is kept busy caring for his mother and his ever-growing obsessions with the “state” of the “bloody" world. His slightly younger sister Maggie, however, is kicking and spitting about getting old and determined to do so as disgracefully as possible. The siblings often nip and scratch but in times of trouble know that blood is thicker than tea. 

 

Praise for Steve Byron's previous work: 

 

“Sharply written and often very funny” 

Floorboards, The Stage, 2019 

 

“Raw dramatic power” 

Bacon Knees & Sausage Fingers, The Stage, 2019 

 
“A well-crafted black comedy blessed with Steve Byron's sharply

observed writing” Floorboards, North East Theatre Guide, 2019 

 

This production has been created in collaboration with participants

through Newcastle University’s VOICE platform.

 

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Alphabetti Theatre in partnership with Paula Penman, Mark Calvert, Laura Lindow and Jeremy Bradfield present 
Pause   

Written by Laura Lindow 
Directed by Mark Calvert 
Performed by Paula Penman 
Music by Jeremy Bradfield   

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‘Ever wanted to be someone else?’     

 

When:  Tues 6th - Sat 17th July 2021 (excluding Sundays & Mondays) 

Performance Time: 7:30pm plus a 1:00pm relaxed Saturday matinee  

Live Audience: Socially distanced tickets will be available and will sell out fast, audience numbers vary depending on restrictions. 

Online Audience: Every performance will be live streamed  

Tickets:  Pay What You Feel (booking essential) 

Running Time: Approx. 50 mins 

Age Rec: 16+ 

Access for live performances: Captioned Performance Wednesday 7th July (please book tickets stage right to be in sightline).Audio Described Performance Wednesday 14th July. All performances are wheelchair accessible. Relaxed performance are on Saturday matinee 10th and 17th July.

 

“I would travel down to hell and wrestle a film away from the devil if it was necessary” – Werner Herzog 

  

‘I’m a film fan. Okay the whole world is. But I’m really good at it. There’s nothing better. You can just sit and zone out. What I’m less good at…is the rest of it.’ 

  

Pause is an uplifting love story about film and how we use it to make day-to-day blockbusting escapes. 

  

‘Alright, my life might not feature kissing in the snow, or racing to airports. But it might just include zombies or sharks or learning how to find friendship, even if it is just with yourself.’ 

 

Alphabetti Theatre & The Cinema Show presents
The Cinema Show LIVE on the D’Addario Stage
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An audio-visual performance uniting electronic music and archived film.

 

When:  Friday 9th July 2021 

Performance Time: 9:30pm  

Live Audience: Socially distanced tickets will be available and will sell out fast, audience numbers vary depending on restrictions. 

Online Audience: The performance will be live streamed   

Tickets:  Pay What You Feel (booking essential) 

Running Time: Approx. 45 mins 

Age Rec: 16+ 

The Cinema Show combines music with audio samples and archived film material into a performance, bringing events of historical significance back to centre stage.

The Cinema Show is the audio-visual contrivance of Doug Skelton, combining a variety of electronic musical instruments with archived audio samples. Beginning in 2017, Skelton began using basic software synthesizers and a single guitar, before incorporating more advanced keyboards and looping techniques. At first, the music focused on certain well-known events of history, such as Churchill's leadership during the Second World War or the legacy of Nelson Mandela. It later covered sporting highlights throughout history with the debut album This is the One. During the coronavirus pandemic, Skelton worked on his second album Discovery, chronicling the inventions of the 20th Century from the steam engine to the internet. In what he often refers to as 'kickstarting a dream career in music', Skelton will be returning to the stage later this year with an updated performance, whilst reverting to a duo setup during the pandemic.

Follow The Cinema Show: 

Facebook @cinemashowlive

Twitter @cinemashow0217

Instagram @thecinemashowlive

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Alphabetti Theatre in partnership with Kerrin Tatman presents 
Newcastle Fringe Festival  

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10 of the best touring shows, 6 artistic development workshops, 2 commissioning seed pots, 1 producers summit and so much more… www.newcastlefringe.co.uk

 

When:  Tues 27th July - Sat 7th Aug 2021 (excluding Sundays & Mondays) 

Performance Times: To be announced.  

Live Audience: Socially distanced tickets will be available and sell out fast, audience numbers vary depending on restrictions. 

Online Audience: Every performance will be live streamed  

Tickets:  Pay What You Feel (booking essential) 

Running Time: To be announced. 

Age Rec: 16+ 

Access for live performances: Due to an eclectic programme and short turnarounds, it will not be possible for us to ensure that there are captioned and/or audio described performances. We will work with all the visiting companies to try and make as much of the programme as accessible as possible.  

 

Programme includes:  

 

Good Grief by Ugly Bucket 

Following the death of a friend, Ugly Bucket turned to their unique style of clowning, music and physical comedy to create a show that explores grief in a way you would never expect (nor forget). Good Grief uses comedy to spark honest conversations, create unity, and share memories. 

Me & My Doll by Paperback Theatre (in co-production with The Old Joint Stock Theatre) 

A touching and hilarious exploration of the challenges, joys and pitfalls of allowing yourself to be vulnerable, Me & My Doll is a romantic comedy with a twist. 

 

39 Horses by Izaak Gledhill in partnership with Alphabetti Theatre 

Buckle up as Izaak invites four audience members into his taxi (no drinks allowed) for an immersive, lip syncing comedic journey like none you have ever taken before…or maybe you have?  

 

The Oedipus Album by Pecho Mam 

Pecho Mama make unconventional, music-driven theatre performance. This is a performance of their latest album - it's going to be a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual adventure, 7 cameras, green screen, studio quality audio! 

 

600 People by Third Angel

Somewhere between stand-up and an astrophysics lecture, Third Angel brings you a simple show about huge ideas. 600 People explores the stories we tell in order to understand our place in the cosmos, that question if we’re alone in our galaxy, that ask what it means to be human. Originally commissioned for Northern Elements, a development programme funded by Arts Council England and managed by ARC, Stockton Arts Centre. Third Angel is an Associate Company at Sheffield Theatres.

 

Workshops with:  

Lyn Gardner, David Byrne, Mark Makin, Culture Against Racism 

Plus performances by multi-award winning physical theatre company Spies Like Us and chart-topping, award-bashing contemporary theatre company In Bed With My Brother.

Funded through Arts Council England and Newcastle Cultural Investment Fund

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Newcastle Theatre Royal’s Project A presents 
Create   

Directed by Phil Hoffmann

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Project A is Newcastle’s only dedicated actor training programme, working with the new kids on the block before they continue along their own creative paths. Create is part of their final showcase.   

 

When:  Thurs 12th - Sat 14th August 2021  

Performance Time: 7:30pm plus a 1:00pm Friday & Saturday matinee  

Live Audience: Socially distanced tickets will be available and will sell out fast, audience numbers vary depending on restrictions. 

Online Audience: Every performance will be live streamed  

Tickets:  Pay What You Feel (booking essential) 

Running Time: TBC 

Age Rec: TBC 

 

Project A presents a series of one act plays as part of their Create season. The ensemble of 18 perform a series of shorts, chronicling the trials and tribulations of modern life. Each performance features a different set of shorts, creating harmony and juxtaposition, empathy and discourse; is anything really real? What is life really all about??  

There will be strong language and themes that may be distressing to some,  Please contact bar@alphabettitheatre.co.uk with the subject line CW – Create for more information. 

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