A Message from Peter Mortimer, Artistic Director, Cloud Nine Theatre Company:
The region’s artists are rallying round to offer support towards our forthcoming new play on the life of the North Shields artist, Victor Noble Rainbird. We appealed for artists to donate work for the Rainbird Auction to be held at The Exchange, North Shields on the night of Sunday, Feb 25th and it looks like more around 30 works of art will be available. Thus far, the list includes a framed and mounted Brazil football shirt signed by the world’s most famous player, Pele, a giant ceramic replica of a section of the famous Bayeux Tapestry, a full-page original cartoon strip of the legendary Viz Comics character, Johnnie Fartpants, an original Rainbird painting pf Rouen Cathedral and various art works and photographs of local scenes and beyond from leading practitioners. The director’s rehearsal copy of the script, with full notes and markings, will also be auctioned.

The play’s author and our artistic director, Peter Mortimer commented, ‘We’re thrilled at the response. The auction gives a chance to snap up really excellent original works of art at reasonable prices. It should be good fun too.’ The auction is free to enter, begins at 7.30pm at The Exchange, North Shields and includes a bar, plus live music accompaniment and nibbles. The auctioneer is the fabled Mr Bertie Forster who lights up any occasion. See our NEXT UP page for further details. 

Peter Mortimer has been blogging about the development of Rainbird, and also about the forthcoming auction. 
Read about it on our BLOG page

Cloud Nine's next production, Rainbird-exploring the life of acclaimed North Shields painter Victor Noble Rainbird opens on Monday 23rd April at -aptly- The Exchange, North Shields. Rainbird had huge talent, but is virtually forgotten today. Cloud Nine's play hopes to change this.
Tickets for all the shows (priced at £10 or £8 concessions) are available from the Exchange, tel 0191 2584111 or online

Cloud Nine will be part of an international cultural festival in Prague
this summer. See our IN THE PIPELINE page for details.'

'North Tyneside's superb Cloud Nine Theatre Company' - The Crack

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.

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

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