It’s been quite a year for Cloud Nine; the production of four plays, a revival of an extract from a fifth play, plus our big 20th anniversary bash.
In March we put several new works-in-progress on their feet at our latest Scratch Theatre Night at The Exchange, North Shields. April saw the premier at the same venue of our new production Rainbird which over the week attracted more than 1,000 audience and was warmly received.
In May we were off to Prague Fringe Festival to perform A Parcel for Mr.Smith – again well received, with the Prague reviewer hailing Dylan Mortimer’s one man performance as ‘brilliant’. The play then went on a mini-tour round North Tyneside.
We were asked to perform an extract from our play Death at Dawn as part of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. This we did on November 9th at The Memorial Hall, Wallsend.
All the time we were preparing for our big 20th anniversary night in November. It was a packed house of 100 plus who enjoyed two plays, Making Plans for Jessica by Kitty Fitzgerald and The Battling Ettricks by Mary Pickin, a sumptuous buffet provided by Sky Apple Café, a Cloud Nine quiz and live music from Alan Jones. Everyone got an individually numbered fully coloured souvenir brochure to take home.
After which - a short breather!