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Preview: Gated Community at Newcastle Alphabetti

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“Where once one house stood, there now stands eight.  A whole new neighbourhood, secured behind a gate.”

Gated Community
by Handheld Arts
Newcastle Alphabetti Theatre
Wednesday 17th - Saturday
20th February 2016

Handheld Arts bring their latest theatre production 'Gated Community' to Newcastle for its North East premiere at Alphabetti Theatre. The production premiered last November at Slung Low's HUB, Lawrence Batley Theatre and Rosemary Branch as part of The Little Angel's SUSPENSE adult puppetry festival.

'Gated Community' follows in the traditions of horror anthology films and features eight twisted cautionary tales told using a playful and cinematic style of shadow puppetry. Each tale takes a satirical look at modern day life through parodies of classic horror stories and movies. One tale called 'The Ocado Man', is a re-imagining of 'The Wicker Man' with a home food delivery driver replacing the role of Sergeant Howie.

Alex Garfath, Co-Artistic Director of Handheld Arts said, “The idea for Gated Community came about after we noticed a large family home being torn down and a few smaller houses being built in it's place, along with an entire new road. The addition of iron gates at the entrance of the road got us wondering about who would be coming to live there - it looked a little bit silly, like a kind of boutique prison. Then we started to have ideas about nightmare neighbours and how we like to think we are safe in our homes but they are actually the place most accidents take place. Gated Community developed from those initial ideas and became what we like to think of as a Homes Under the Hammer-Horror.”

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When: Wednesday 17th - Saturday 20th February. Bar Opens
6.30pm. Performance starts 7.30pm
Where: Alphabetti Theatre, The Basement of 18 New Bridge Street West Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AW

Ticket Price £7 / £5
Running Length: 45 minutes
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