forthcoming show, 'Dirty Flea Bitten Scrounging Bastards' opens at The
Surf Cafe, Tynemouth on Monday 16th October, then plays
Alphabetti Newcastle and The Exchange North Shields. The final
performance will be at the Quakerhouse, Darlington. For further details
of dates and times see our Next Up page.
NEW BACKING FROM ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND JUST ANNOUNCED
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.
NEW PLAYWRIGHTS WANTED!
are actively looking for new writing talent. The company’s
artistic director, Peter Mortimer is to run a series of six theatre
writing workshops at The Exchange, North Shields, beginning Monday
October 2nd. On Thursday Nov 30th, Cloud Nine will present a
Scratch Theatre Night at The Exchange, showcasing its new theatre
writing. We hope to include scripts on the evening from some of
the workshop writers.
Peter Mortimer says, ‘Cloud Nine has developed a close relationship
with The Exchange and as a new writing company we are keen to nurture
new talent from around here. The workshops give the opportunity
for authors’ writing to be put up there in front of an audience, which
is what all theatre writers want and need.’
The two hour workshops cost £7 per session and can be booked by
contacting Peter direct on 0191-2531901 or
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.