We celebrate our 20th anniversary in November with a big bash at The Exchange, North Shields.
Cloud Nine’s first production in 1998 was a comic fantasy play called The Trip, a community production at the village Community Centre. Since that date, we have gone on to create more than 70 large and small scale theatre productions commissioning more than 30 writers.

We like to think we are unique in that we only do new commissioned work and only from northern writers. In those two decades we have walked and performed a play the length of the Roman Wall, performed theatre on the Tyne Ferry, in prestigious venues such as Sage, in tiny back bars of pubs, on a station platform, in people’s living rooms and at festivals in this country and abroad.
Much of our recent work of course has been produced at The Exchange, North Shields which is now our spiritual home.

Our recent production there, Peter Mortimer’s large scale play Rainbird, on the life of the North Shields painter Victor Noble Rainbird, attracted more than one thousand people during its run and was highly praised. Incidentally, if you were one of those thousand – and even if not – there’s a chance to see Primate Productions excellent film of the play at The Exchange on Friday 26th October, 7.30pm.

Onwards; this anniversary event is on Saturday November 17th and includes a reprise of two of our short plays, Making Plans for Jessica by Kitty Fitzgerald, a poignant comedy set in a care home and The Battling Ettricks by Mary Pickin, a shot sharp slapstick affair about an 18th century warring couple. There is also a sumptuous buffet from Sky Apple Café, live music from Bugman, a comic potted history from Peter Mortimer, a raffle and many surprises.

Tickets, all-inclusive, are only £20 and can be bought direct from The Exchange in Howard Street, NE30 1SE, on the phone on 0191 2584111, online at Our own ticket hotline for this event is 07979 7273222. Seating is limited to one hundred.
Thanks for your past support and long may it continue!


Our premier of the play Rainbird -The Tragedy of an Artist which was performed to large audiences for a week at The Exchange, North Shields in  Spring, was filmed by Primate Productions and shown at The Jam Jar Cinema, Whitley Bay as part of the recent Whitley Bay Film Festival. There’s another chance to catch this fine piece of film-making at The Exchange itself on Friday October 26th, 7.30pm. Tickets (£7.00) via The Exchange itself or contact Cloud Nine on 0191 2531901 or via email at

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.

Cloud Nine has been the recipient of funding from Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Peggy Ramsey Foundation and  North Tyneside Council.  In 2015, Artistic Director of Cloud Nine, Peter Mortimer was named a finalist in the Journal Culture Awards Writer of the Year for his play, 'Death at Dawn.'

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