CLOUD NINE AT TWENTY
We celebrate our 20th anniversary in November with a big bash at The Exchange, North Shields.
Cloud Nine’s first production in 1998 was a comic fantasy play called The Trip, a community production at the village Community Centre. Since that date, we have gone on to create more than 70 large and small scale theatre productions commissioning more than 30 writers.
We like to think we are unique in that we only do new commissioned work and only from northern writers. In those two decades we have walked and performed a play the length of the Roman Wall, performed theatre on the Tyne Ferry, in prestigious venues such as Sage, in tiny back bars of pubs, on a station platform, in people’s living rooms and at festivals in this country and abroad.
Much of our recent work of course has been produced at The Exchange, North Shields which is now our spiritual home.
Our recent production there, Peter Mortimer’s large scale play Rainbird, on the life of the North Shields painter Victor Noble Rainbird, attracted more than one thousand people during its run and was highly praised. Incidentally, if you were one of those thousand – and even if not – there’s a chance to see Primate Productions excellent film of the play at The Exchange on Friday 26th October, 7.30pm.
Onwards; this anniversary event is on Saturday November 17th and includes a reprise of two of our short plays, Making Plans for Jessica by Kitty Fitzgerald, a poignant comedy set in a care home and The Battling Ettricks by Mary Pickin, a shot sharp slapstick affair about an 18th century warring couple. There is also a sumptuous buffet from Sky Apple Café, live music from Bugman, a comic potted history from Peter Mortimer, a raffle and many surprises.
Tickets, all-inclusive, are only £20 and can be bought direct from The Exchange in Howard Street, NE30 1SE, on the phone on 0191 2584111, online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/theexchange. Our own ticket hotline for this event is 07979 7273222. Seating is limited to one hundred.
Thanks for your past support and long may it continue!