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Thursday, 1 February 2018

Preview: Alphabetti Theatre Launch Their Spring 2018 Season


Alphabetti Theatre Launch Their Spring 2018 Season

Alphabetti Theatre is back and ready to take over the world in 2018! Kicking things off with a season launch on Friday 2nd February, the gang, spearheaded by Artistic Director Ali Pritchard and beloved theatre dog Rex, are set to take on a whole host of theatre, music, comedy and more this spring.

This season welcomes back Alphabetti regulars such as Hodes and Stone with their bechdel-approved comedy nights, Bonnie & The Bonnettes with a queertastic cabaret and Write On Tap with their production Bankers, previously presented in its early stages at the old basement venue. CaroleW Productions returns in April to present two high quality productions: Hopeless by award-winning spoken word artist Leyla Josephine and interactive piece, Tiger, by Teuchter Company.

As well as familiar faces from the region, there will be plenty of new blood as exciting talent from around the country makes a visit to Alphabetti Theatre. London-based Fuel Theatre are sending two incredible productions, So Many Reasons created & performed by Racheal Ofori this February and This Restless State by Danielle Pearson in April. Jamal Harewood from Brighton brings his participatory-led show Privileged. And Manchester-based duo Me Me Me Theatre bring their sci-fi theatre party, Clonely, to the theatre this March.

Alphabetti do of course have something a little bit special to offer this season, in the form of a dramatic reading of new book Keeping Time written by none other than Mr Pritchard himself! This fantastical story, aimed at ages 8 and above, combines magic, deceit and clocks with a live musical score.

Spring 2018 also offers more opportunities to get involved than ever before! From singing and performing as part of Beccy Owen’s pop-up choir ‘A Capella Pleasures’, to monthly spoken word/poetry workshops with Apples & Snakes and to learning stand-up comedy with John Scott, with the chance to support him on tour, there really is a bit of something for everyone!

As ever, all productions are £10 or under with plenty of them Pay What You Feel making great theatre and art accessible to everyone.

Join us this Friday as Artistic Director Ali Pritchard takes to the stage to outline the season ahead and to celebrate the launch with some dancing and merriment!


Event Details:

Season Launch / How To Take Over The World Party
When: Friday 2nd February 2018
Start: 7.30pm
Tickets: Free
Age Recommendation: 16+
We've spent January planning and editing so now it's time for us to start our new season…and to celebrate our inevitable world takeover!

Write Faster – Alphabetti Theatre
When: Saturday 3rd February 2018
Writing & Performance Begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
Age Recommendation: 16+
See a brand new play written and performed live before your very eyes. It’s live writing. It’s ridiculous. It could be pants! (That’s why you pay at the end)

We Have Something To Say – Twisting Ducks & Gateshead People
When: Tuesday 6th February 2018
Show begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
Age recommendation: 12+
An evening of poetry and spoken word from the dynamic voices of people with learning disabilities and autism, sharing their perspective on life sometimes not often heard.

Alphabetti Jam – Alphabetti Theatre
When: Wednesday 7th February, Wednesday 7th March, Wednesday 4th April
Begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: FREE
Age Recommendation: 14+
An opportunity for anyone to perform whatever they want – tell a joke, do a sketch, sing a song.

Jurassic Park – FILM NITE
When: Thursday 8th February 2018
Show Begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: £5
Age Recommendation: 16+
What would ‘Jurassic Park’ (1993) look like chewed up and spat out by comedians, theatremakers, writers and musicians? We’ve stuck beloved classic ‘Jurassic Park’ into an enclosure with our artists. Come and see the glorious results of their mauling!

A Seventh Comedy Night That Passes The Bechdel Test - Hodes & Stone
When: Friday 9th February 2018
Show begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: £5
Age recommendation: 16+
Join Hodes & Stone as they kick off 2018 with a special birthday edition of their comedy show, containing more comedy and camaraderie than you can shake a stick at.

Salvage Co. Pop-up Shop
When: Saturday 10th February, Saturday 17th March, Saturday 14th April
Times: 11.00am – 4.00pm in the Alphabetti Bar
Tickets: FREE
Once a month Salvage Co. will host a pop-up shop in the bar, where you can browse the rails for unique items, drink amazing beer, eat tasty food and play a few rounds of darts.

Tandem Sounds - Niall and Pals
When: Saturday 10th February 2018
Doors open: 8.00pm – 1.00am
Tickets: £4 online advance / £6 on the door
Age restriction: 18+
Transforming the theatre to a bass-driven underground venue, Tandem Sounds brings a variety of world, funk, drum n bass and reggae from DJ's of all rhythms and sizes.

It’s No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl - Time2Shine Productions
When: Tuesday 13th February 2018
Show begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: £8 Full Price / £6.50 Concession (Student, OAP, Artist, Unwaged)
Age recommendation: 16+
Award-winning, solo stand-up comedy show exploring the drive to fit in, with a bit about being a pop star.

So Many Reasons - Fuel & Camden People’s Theatre, created & performed by Racheal Ofori
When: Wednesday 14th – Friday 16th February 2018
Show Begins: 7.30pm on Wednesday and then 9.30pm Thursday and Friday
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
Age Recommendation: 14+
So Many Reasons is a story about the unique influence our mothers have on how we understand the world, from the perspective of a first generation British Ghanaian woman.



Bankers by Ben Dickenson, Stuart Henderson, Jo McCullock & Kim Spence - Write on Tap
When: Thursday 15th & Friday 16th February 2018
Show Begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
Age Recommendation: 16+
Write on Tap invite you to join us for a night of new writing that examines the increasing use of food banks and the banking crisis of 2008.

Scratch Tyne - Apples & Snakes
When: Saturday 17th February, Saturday 17th March & Saturday 21st April 2018
Times: 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Tickets: FREE (no booking required)
Scratch Tyne is a performance-based poetry & spoken word workshop which runs once a month open to all.

Strictly Smokin' Big Band feat. Paul Booth
When: Saturday 17th February 2018
Show Begins: 8.00pm
Tickets: £10
Age Recommendation: 18+
Strictly Smokin’ are incredibly excited to welcome international saxophonist Paul Booth to guest with the band.

Let Us Make It Up To You - Open Heart Theatre
When: Tuesday 20th February, Thursday 29th March, Friday 6th April
Show begins: 8.00pm
Tickets: £6 Full Price / £4 Concession (Student, OAP, Artist, Unwaged)
Age recommendation: 16+
Open Heart Theatre presents quality improvised comedy from the North East and beyond. Sketches, scenes, stories and songs invented on the spot to make you laugh.

The Cult of Dave – Dave Alnwick
When: Wednesday 21st - Friday 23rd February 2018
Show Begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: £7 Full Price / £5 Concession (Student, OAP, Artist, Unwaged)
Age recommendation: 15+
After five Sell-out Edinburgh Fringe runs, three National Tours and one TV special Magician Dave Alnwick brings his hit Magic Show "The Cult of Dave" back to his home city.

4 1 Night Only - The Suggestibles School of Improv
When: Saturday 24th February 2018
Show begins: 8.30pm
Tickets: £5 Full Price / £4 Concession (Student, OAP, Artist, Unwaged)
Age Recommendation: 18+
The Suggestibles' Ian McLaughlin and Bev Fox together with a new ensemble take inspiration from you and yours to boldly go where no one has gone before and promise to never go again... 4 1 night only.

BUSY (Work in progress) - The Six Twenty
When: Saturday 3rd March 2018
Show begins: 6.30pm in Alphabetti's Rehearsal Room space
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
Age recommendation: 14+
BUSY takes a darkly comic look at our addiction to being busy and our endless battle with wanting to do more. This is a work-in-progress sharing of a new idea taking place in Alphabetti Theatre’s new Rehearsal Room space.

Studio SPECULO - SPECULO Entertainment
When: Saturday 3rd March 2018
Begins: 8.00pm - 1.00am
Tickets: £9 Full Price / £7 Concession (Student, OAP, Artist, Unwaged) ****Get £2 off your first drink if dressed up Studio 54 style****
Age restriction: 18+
Shake it up and delve into the world of SPECULO with Studio 54 opulence for an immersive evening full of glitter, mirror balls, music and mayhem, topped with internationally acclaimed circus acts.

Let's meet in the middle... - Newcastle City Council's Art Team
When: Thursday 8th - Saturday 10th March 2018
Times: Open 11am - 11pm each day with various events throughout
Let’s meet in the middle… showcases the work of artists and communities from across Newcastle produced as part of Newcastle Art Team’s 2017/18 artist-in-residence and arts connect programmes.

Fancy being a Stand up Workshop with John Scott - Last Kid Picked
When: Saturday 10th March 2018
Workshop begins: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Tickets: £10 -
Age Recommendation: 16+
An intensive 3 hour workshop with John Scott covering gag writing, storytelling and creating a set plus the opportunity to support him on tour.







"A CAPPELLA PLEASURES" - Beccy Owen's Pop-Up Choirs and Alphabetti Theatre
When: Weekly workshops 6.00pm - Monday 12th March, Monday 19th March, Monday 26th March, Monday 9th April, Monday 16th April, Monday 23rd April, Monday 30th April, Monday 7th May, Monday 14th May
One off Showcase performance: Thursday 24th May, 7.30pm Alphabetti Theatre
Tickets: £65 Full price, £45 Concessions includes all nine sessions and a free ticket to the showcase for the participant.
Age Recommendation: 10 years+ (under 16's must be accompanied by an adult)
Join us for a 10-week, unaccompanied group-singing experience, exploring various musical styles and genres with the chance to perform.

Write Something Showcase - Alphabetti Theatre
When: Tuesday 13th March 2018
Show begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: Pay What you Feel
Age Recommendation: 14+
See up to 15 new plays in an evening of rehearsed readings from plays developed over The Write Something Workshops for the previous six weeks.

Clonely - Me Me Me Theatre
When: Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th March 2018
Show begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: £7 Full Price / £5 Concession (Student, OAP, Artist, Unwaged)
Age recommendation: 16+
Clonely is a nonsense existential sci-fi party, a blend of theatre, comedy and sci-fi with DIY props. Expect tin foil, awkward docking scenes and a scorpion from the abyss. Are you scared of dying aclone?

Curious Festival Fundraiser – A Gender Bending Cabaret - Curious Arts
When: Friday 16th March 2018
Show begins: 8.00pm with afterparty 'til midnight!
Tickets: £10
Age recommendation: 16+
Curious Arts launches its 2018 programme with a gender bending dragtastic bang. An eye opening, rib tickling night of dance, comedy and cabaret.

Coas Mar – Alabaster DePlume & Yuppies Music
When: Tuesday 20th March 2018
Show Begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: £8 Full Price / £6 Concession (Student, OAP, Artist, Unwaged)
Age Recommendation: 16+
A ruthlessly creative approach to experimental pop music delivering eastern-influenced anthems, under spoken elements that attempt to challenge and address divisive rhetoric recently prevalent in society.

Delusions by John Scott – Last Kid Picked Theatre Co.
When: Wednesday 21st - Friday 23rd March 2018
Show begins: 9.00pm
Tickets: Full Price £6 / Concession £4 (Student, OAP, Artist, Unwaged)
Age recommendation: 16+
Fresh from a sold out run at The Edinburgh Festival. Misdiagnosed with schizophrenia aged 24. Correctly diagnosed with Bipolar disorder aged 32. This is a stand-up comedy show about those years.

The Often Herd EP Launch
When: Wednesday 28th March 2018
Music begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: £8 Full Price / £5 Concession (Student, OAP, Artist, Unwaged)
Age recommendation: 16+
Join this acclaimed, young bluegrass band (formerly the Kentucky Cow Tippers) for their debut EP launch party.

An Eighth Comedy Night That Passes The Bechdel Test - Hodes & Stone
When: Friday 30th March 2018
Show begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: £5
Age recommendation: 16+
Comedy partners-in-crime Hodes & Stone present the March edition of their hit show. Sit down and watch stand ups for the bargain price of a fiver.

Alphabetti Soup – Alphabetti Theatre
When: Saturday 31st March 2018
Show begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: £8 Full Price / £6 Concession (Student, OAP, Artist, Unwaged) Free soup for first 50 people!
Age Recommendation: 16+
A dash of comedy, a sumptuous smattering of original theatre, some fresh slam poetry and finish off with a garnish of live music. Newcastle-based band Aether will be headlining.

Keeping Time by Ali Pritchard – Alphabetti Theatre
When: Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th April 2018
Show begins: 6.30pm
Tickets: £7 Full Price / £5 (Student, OAP, Artist, Unwaged)
Age recommendation: 8+
A dramatic reading of a new book written by Ali Pritchard. Brought to life by the award winning creative team of “Walter” and “Bacon Knees and Sausage Fingers”.







Hopeless by Leyla Josephine – CaroleW Productions
When: Tuesday 10th - Friday 13th April 2018
Show begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: Tuesday: Pay What You Feel
Wednesday - Friday: £8 Full Price / £6 Concession (Student, OAP, Artist, Unwaged)
Age recommendation: 14+
Award-winning spoken word artist, Leyla Josephine, is taking audiences on a journey through the apathetic attitudes of millennials. Expect a fiery collision of theatre and spoken word all tied together with a powerhouse performance


Tiger by Teuchter Company – CaroleW Productions
When: Tuesday 10th - Friday 13th April 2018
Show begins: 9.00pm
Tickets: Tuesday: Pay What You Feel
Wednesday to Friday: £8 Full Price / £6 Concession (Student, OAP, Artist, Unwaged)
Age recommendation: 16+
A bold, genre-stretching piece of interactive spoken word theatre, inspired by computer games, David Lynch movies and Highland folk tales.


This Restless State by Danielle Pearson – Fuel Theatre
When: Tuesday 17th - Friday 20th April 2018
Show begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
Age recommendation: 14+
Combining intimate storytelling with evocative sound, this one-man show takes its audience across our continent’s past, present and future with a story of family, nationhood, conflict and love.

The BonBons Cabaret – Bonnie & The Bonnettes
When: Saturday 21st April 2018
Show begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: £7 Full Price / £5 Concession (Student, OAP, Artist, Unwaged)
Age Recommendation: 16+
The BonBons Cabaret is an evening hosted by Bonnie and The Bonnettes. Its mission is to facilitate safe platforms for experimental, queer, and alternative performance work in the North East.

Alphabetti Soup - Alphabetti Theatre
When: Saturday 28th April 2018
Show begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: £8 Full Price / £6 Concession (Student, OAP, Artist, Unwaged) Free soup for first 50 people!
Age Recommendation: 16+

A dash of comedy, a sumptuous smattering of original theatre, some fresh slam poetry and finish off with a garnish of live music. Hosted by the incredible dog REX (if he can be bothered to get off his sofa) and his annoying human Ali!

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