The opening event in the IRON in The Soul Festival, which takes place June 8th to 11th in venues in Cullercoats is Ruth Henderson’s short play Those in Perila Cullercoats Tragedy, based on a real-life Cullercoats fishing boat disaster in which (among others) four members of the local Lisle family were drowned.  The piece also involves music from The Keelers and choreography from The Newcastle Cloggies.  Although part of the IRON Press festival, this will be a Cloud Nine event, directed by Peter Mortimer.  Cloud Nine actors Diane Legg and Ann Ridley are taking on the roles of the two fishwives, with two youth theatre actors taking the other two roles.  We expect a full house for this high profile event, which takes place in the concert room of The Crescent Club on June 8th, so book early!

For Further information about the ‘IRON in the Soul’ festival see the link


This latest play, written by our Artistic Director, Peter Mortimer and directed by Neil Armstrong will play  at The Exchange, North Shields during the week beginning October 16th, the exact number of performances to be decided. This will be our first real run at The Exchange which is now our main venue.

The play is a contemporary satire-a four hander of two well-to-do couples in London set during a celebratory dinner party after the yet another profitable killing in the property market by the two men. Their indulgences are interrupted by an unexpected caller at the door. Though dismissed several times, the down-and-out always returns, eventually with unexpected and alarming consequences.


Following on from the success of the scratch theatre night at The Exchange, North Shields in December where three excerpts from new plays in progress were presented, there will be another Cloud Nine Scratch Theatre Night in November.  We are currently looking for new work to perform at this.  There is no set theme but the piece must be no longer than 15 minutes and involve no more than four actors and a minimal set.  If you’re interested please email an outline of your proposed work (no more than 250 words) to Peter Mortimer at

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