SCRATCH THEATRE NIGHT AT THE EXCHANGE
Despite horizontal hail and slippery roads on the night, an audience of around sixty people made it to The Exchange to watch the play extracts. They were all very diverse pieces. On Trial, by Fergus Campbell tackled the controversial issue of a rape enquiry. Luke Thompson’s Calico was an historical piece featuring two famous female pirates. Ruth Rogerson’s Dead Beat was a bizarre comedy about an unexpected dead body in a living room. The final play extract was Kitty Fitzgerald's Rose Cafe about a subversive Mexican wrestler. Actors were drawn from Cloud Nine's own ranks plus drama students from Newcastle College. There was also live music. Audience members were invited to write feedback comments on each of the play extracts, and this will help to inform the next drafts of the plays in progress.NEW BACKING FROM ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
Arts Council England has awarded Cloud Nine Theatre Company £13,500 towards the production of the play, Rainbird in the Spring of 2018 at the Exchange, North Shields. The proposed play by our artistic director Peter Mortimer has already been guaranteed support by Heritage Lottery Fund, Peggy Ramsey Foundation and North Tyneside Council.
Peter commented, 'This is really great news in these days of such tight funding. Arts Council England was our major bid. Small companies such as Cloud Nine based so far away from the capital often get overlooked. This is a really important large-scale project for us in our new home.'
Rainbird will be directed by Neil Armstrong and concerns the tragic life of painter Victor Noble Rainbird, who died in 1937.
‘North Tyneside’s superb Cloud Nine Theatre Company’ - The Crack
COMING SOON-RAINBIRD ART AUCTION, Sunday 25th February at The Exchange, North Shields. Donations of paintings for the auction welcome. See our NEXT UP page for further details.
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.
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