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 www.ticketsource.co.uk/theexchange
Artistic Director for Cloud Nine, Peter Mortimer and theatre director, Neil Armstrong have been blogging about the forthcoming production.
See our BLOG page for details
Rainbird Auction Rakes in Cash!
Thanks to Mr Bertie Foster’s Magic mallet, and despite a shaky start, the auction at The Exchange North Shields on 25th February exceeded all expectations. Over 30 artists generously donated their work, and there were several gifts of valuable items, most notably a genuine Rainbird painting of the cathedral at Rouen (kindly donated by David Hirst) which raised £155. There was also an authenticated Brazilian football shirt signed by legendary footballer Pele (kindly donated by Dave Young). Cue moments of high drama as a contest emerged between an anonymous telephone bidder and a rival in the room. In the end the phone caller triumphed and the shirt was sold for £350.
The auction Raised £ 2,200 in total, which will go towards the play, Rainbird – The Tragedy of an Artist, about the life of acclaimed North Shields Painter and Royal Academician, Victor Noble Rainbird. Thanks to the following artists for donating their work; Isabel Adonis, Nicola Balfour, Jan Bedford, Edwin Blackburn, Shona Branigan, Jan Brown, Beth Burke, Colin Cameron, Val Close, Michael Dennison, Doreen Fenwick, Richard Giles, Tony Nicholson, Lois Hobby, Walter Holmes, Sophie Jesman, Meriel Johnston, Davey Jones, Tracy Tofield , Hilary Marshall, Liz Maynard, Alison Miller, Peter Mortimer, Brian Ord, Rod Sutherby, Olivia Scantlebury, Pete Shaw, David Turnbull, Pete Walton.
And also to those who donated the work of others-Neil Armstrong, David Hirst, Dave Young.
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
NEW BACKING FROM ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
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.
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.
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.