Influence, a dark comedy by Paul Buie, played at the Low Lights from 4th - 6th November 2013, with an additional performance at South Shields Library. The play opens in the early hours, when the owner of a large warehouse has just apprehended a young burglar. But it rapidly becomes apparent that matters are not quite as simple as they seem...
Reviewing it for the British Theatre Guide, Peter Latham complained:
"Life can be tough for reviewers! Sometimes you have to sit through some pretty awful shows and then try to find something positive to say about them - which can be very difficult! - and sometimes, as with Cloud Nine's production of Paul Buie's 'Influence', you want to write very enthusiastically about every aspect but you can't because to do so would be to spoil the show for anyone who is coming to see it for the first time."
Read his full review here.
Paul Buie is an award-winning playwright with seven professional productions to his name including Jump You Bastard which won the Customs House New Comedy Award and Painkillers which toured throughout the country and had a successful month at the Edinburgh Fringe. Neil Armstrong is an actor, writer and director with a long association with Cloud Nine. Among the plays he has directed for the company are The Selkie, Chain and Clockman.
As an actor Neil has appeared in dozens of TV shows including leading roles in Vera and George Gently. This year he has written and performed in two of his own plays Remember Jim and The Dark Side of the Half Moon both of which received rave notices and toured the region.