Cloud Nine presents an evening of new theatre writing Thursday next (Nov.30th) with a  quartet of new script-in-hand readings, short extracts from plays which the company is at present  developing with a range of authors. The Scratch Theatre Night takes place at The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields, NE30 1SE. 

Three of the pieces spring from the theatre workshops at present being run at The Exchange by Cloud Nine’s artistic director Peter Mortimer. On Trial, by Fergus Campbell tackles the controversial issue of a  rape enquiry., while Luke Thompson’s Calico  is an historical piece featuring two famous female pirates. Ruth Rogerson’s Dead Beat is a bizarre comedy about an unexpected dead body in a living room. 

The final extract is from Kitty Fitzgerald’s  long-term work on a brand new and radical version of the classical old English poem, Beowulf. 

There will also be live music – exact details to be announced. 

Entry is only £3.00 and can be paid on the door. This is a chance to catch some new writing at its formative stage and possibly spot a major play of the future!  For more details ring Peter Mortimer at Cloud Nine on 0191-2531901.

Cloud Nine has just heard that Arts Council England has awarded the 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

The company’s artistic director, Peter Mortimer is currently running a series of six theatre writing workshops at The Exchange, North Shields. On Thursday Nov 30th, Cloud Nine will present a Scratch Theatre Night at the same venue, showcasing new theatre writing. We hope to include scripts on the evening from some of the workshop writers.

The Scratch Theatre Night costs £3 at the bar. For further information click here

Cloud Nine meets Cloud 9
Artistic Director Peter Mortimer recently took
a break from writing his latest play 'Rainbird'
to pay a visit to another enterprise in Cullercoats
with the same name. Cloud 9 Wellbeing is an
alternative and holistic health café serving a range
of healthy food and treatments. We like to think
that Cloud Nine is also alternative, and aids
wellbeing, particularly through its humorous
short plays. The photo shows Peter Mortimer
with Susan Brown. Now we're wondering
whether Mr Mortimer had some treatment
and or/cakes during his visit?

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.

Join Our Mailing List

Send an email to: and we'll keep you up to date with what's happening.

Find Us On:

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

▲ Top of page

© 2014 - 2015