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New Play Helps Fight for Theatre’s Survival

Being An Ultimate Warrior
South ShieldsCustoms House
Thursday 13th October 2016

North East play Being An Ultimate Warrior has joined the battle to help Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre (  beat closure. The brand new play by South Shields writer & producer Wayne Miller will offer all profits made from the show to Alphabetti’s survival fund.

At the end of August the theatre’s Artistic Director Ali Pritchard announced the venue would face closure, stating on Facebook I've really not wanted to post a status like this but Alphabetti Theatre is facing closure, since opening we have had the odds stacked against us. I started Alphabetti to create a platform for emerging and experienced artists in the North East to experiment and evolve. Something Ali and his team have achieved with much success, from the critically acclaimed play The Frights to the many Write Back events offering local writers a place to preview their new works and ideas.

Upon reading the closure announcement Wayne like many others in the North East theatre scene felt like one of their children was being taken away. It has been a place nurtured by them and has become like one of their own. He said: “Reading that was a big blow, It’s a place where I have socialised, performed and had my work given a chance to evolve. So I was truly gutted by Ali’s announcement.”

Having performed as part of Cranked Anvils Shakespeare Season at the venue, he knew he wanted to get involved and offer his support, but how? What could he offer?

“I attended their first fund raising event and gave what money I could, but I felt that wasn't enough, I could do more. So that's when I thought about using my new play as a chance to gather some support” he added.

So that was it, he decided all profits for Being An Ultimate Warrior would go towards Alphabetti’s survival fund.

Being An Ultimate Warrior is Wayne’s fourth full length play after his critically acclaimed Big Trilogy. The play is the story of Karl, a life-long wrestling fan struggling with a life changing event. To help him, he looks back through his life growing up watching the in-ring battles, all while dealing with real life battles. Filled with laughter and tears, his journey reveals what it takes to be a real Ultimate Warrior!

This play will première at The Customs House in South Shields next month on Thursday 13th October before touring the North East in 2017. Ticket Price: £12 Standard £9 Friends
Tickets are available in person or by phone from the box office: 0191 454 1234 or online from

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