Bye for now...Cloud Nine is having a short break while our Artistic Director, Peter Mortimer works on his new play, 'Rainbird' and gets to grips with planning the third Iron festival-'Cold Iron'-which will be happening at the beginning of June.  Cloud Nine actors will not be resting but will be acting in various productions-see the NEXT UP page for details.  See you in Autumn 2017 when we hope to offer more dramatic experiences in unusual venues-some not the size of a basement kitchen-and plots which will have you both googling and gurgling we hope.


Cloud Nine has now produced the work of 30 different playwrights. Its range of work includes a play walked and performed the length of the Roman Wall (Off the Wall), a short play performed for morning commuters on the Shields Ferry (Ships that Pass), a play centred on the Meadow Well riots of 1991 plus a four year programme of small scale new theatre performed at the Low Lights Tavern, North Shields, and other North Tyneside coastal venues.

It’s Cloud Nine’s 20th anniversary this year! Yes, hard to believe that we’ve been cramming the general public into diverse venues from the Low Light pub to the Surf Café to the Shields Ferry and the Whitley Bay Playhouse. And they have watched original drama each time, newly written to suit the venue and to give the audience something to consider, even if that consideration was ‘what was that all about?’

So, we are planning a celebration of still being here and still being critically regarded after 20 years. Have you been part of our journey at some point-maybe supplying the odd prop (and we have had some very odd ones from tin helmets to rubber bands) perhaps being wedged against the mantelpiece at the Low Light pub, perhaps being hustled in off the streets and asked to learn some lines? Whatever your connection we’d like to hear from you and hear your story. Also if you would like to reconnect with Cloud Nine and be part of the planning group for the 20th anniversary celebrations please email us-

New writing is central to Cloud Nine’s work, and we are always keen to become involved in new initiatives. In the past, the Company has run a series of PLAY DAYS to workshop and perform extracts of new writers’ work and at present run playwriting workshops for new dramatists. We have already brought one workshop play to full production and are keen to discover more writers who can deliver good scripts for these small-scale productions.  We recently presented a Scratch Night at The Exchange, North Shields and were able to perform script in hand readings of three plays developed in Cloud Nine workshops by writers Joanna Piesse, Noreen Rees and Debra Darke.  We were also able to give a first reading of a new play by Josh Barrow which is to be performed at the Holy Biscuit, Shieldfield on 7th April, 2017.

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Cloud Nine has no connection to Cloud Burst Theatre Company which also operates out of North Tyneside.

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