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Preview: Jumpy at Newcastle People Theatre

Friends and family, how to survive them!
Jumpy by April de Angelis
Newcastle Peoples Theatre
Tuesday 14th – Saturday 18th June 2016

 (L-R) Tilly – Amy Herdman, Lyndsey – Rhiannon Wilson, Mark – Mark Burden, Cam – Nathan Hussain, Hilary – Rye Mattick,  Josh – Joe Robson, Bea – Sharon Lamont, Frances – Melanie Dagg, Roland – Colin Jeffrey - Photo: Paula Smart

 Hilary – Rye Mattick & 
Frances – Melanie Dagg
 Photo: Paula Smart
Hilary (Rye Mattick, pictured centre) once protested at Greenham Common. Nowadays, her protests tend to focus on persuading her chippy, contemptuous teenage daughter to fully clothe herself when she goes out with invariably unsuitable boyfriends.

 Cam – Nathan Hussain
 Photo: Paula Smart
A marriage in ruins and a career on the rocks only add to the perils of life for a middle-aged mum in Walthamstow. She’s questioning her life choices and mourning her lost youth. Where did it all go wrong?

 Josh – Joe Robson
 Photo: Paula Smart
This frank and very funny family drama questions parental anxieties and explores the life, the worries, the strength, and the vulnerability of the post-feminist urban woman.

Bea – Sharon Lamont
 Photo: Paula Smart
At once deliciously rude and piercingly moving, Jumpy will make any parent with a teenager in the family laugh with recognition, wince with horror, and maybe even cry a little too.

Lyndsey – Rhiannon Wilson
 Photo: Paula Smart
The laughs keep on coming in this comedy of mid-life crisis, which movingly captures the inequality of love between parents and their children, and there is no mistaking the emotional truth of the writing.

Mark – Mark Burden
 Photo: Paula Smart
Jumpypremiered to rave reviews at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2011 and subsequently transferred to the West End, where it was nominated for an Olivier Award.

Never before staged in the North East, the People’s Theatre are proud to give yet another hit play its Tyneside premiere.
Jumpy by April de Angelis comes to Newcastle Peoples Theatre from Tuesday 14thto Saturday 18th June 2016 at 7.30pm
Tickets cost £13.50 (Concessions £11) – Box Office: 0191 265 5020 or online at


The People’s Theatre Redevelopment Scheme has been shortlisted in a national competition. Now we are appealing for votes from the public to help us win £150,000 towards the redevelopment from building merchants Jewson.

The People’s Theatre is the only theatre shortlisted alongside 12 other schemes across the country.  The volunteer run theatre stands to benefit from £150,000 towards its redevelopment.
For the People’s Theatre Tony Childs said:

“We are proud to be the only theatre in the country to have made it as one of 12 projects in the national shortlist, competing against 1,800 other projects.

We’ve had a great voting response from our audience and membership.   What we now need is for the wider community to show support for what will be a great asset to Newcastleand the North East.

Jewson’s prize money will help us to build a truly accessible community venue, with a new studio theatre.

The Building Better Communities Competition is organised by Jewson Ltd with support from St Gobain.  The People’s Theatre is in the shortlist for the ‘My Comfort’ project and if successful will walk away with £150,000.  Regional winners will receive support of between £500 and £10,000.

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