Well Done to The Exchange, North Shields!

Cloud Nine congratulations go out to The Exchange in North Shields for their successful Coastal Revival Bid. They have been awarded £48K to update the ticketing system, upgrade auditorium seating and lighting, refit the café kitchen, and redecorate the box office and dressing rooms. Artistic Director of The Exchange Karen Knox says of the funding news, 'We are absolutely thrilled to be awarded this fund and would like to thank North Tyneside Council and the Coastal Communities Team for their support with our bid. The grant money will help to upgrade the facilities in a few areas of the venue which will enhance the theatre experience for the performing companies, as well as the community groups and audience.'
The Exchange is the new home of Cloud Nine Theatre Company, as well as the base for other community groups and touring productions. In recent years it has grown from a small venue to a real cultural hub. And clearly it is growing in size and reputation.


There was a decent turnout for our latest Scratch Theatre Night at The Exchange with three new plays in progress put on view.  We invited Sarah Seymour, director of Timeworks Theatre Company to take on the opening 25 mins of Steve Chambers’ newest work, Fly me to The Moon, a two-hander where Siobhan (Louisa Bayl), an holistic healer and physiotherapist forms an unlikely alliance with her  sceptical patient Andy (Chris Iddon). Genevieve  Guthrie’s Stains saw the return to Cloud Nine after more than 15 years of Aussie actor Ned Valent. Ned played Mark who turns up unexpectedly on the doorstep of Sandra (Trudi Panvalkar). But what is their dark past? Peter Mortimer’s The  Missing Leghad Kyle Morley, Lily Dures Taylor and Dylan Mortimer in this strange tale of a misplaced limb. Lily also provided  the evening’s musical interludes. Scratch Nights give a chance for evolving work to be exposed to the public and that same public are than  invited to give their written responses which are handed on to the writers. Thanks for all those who did so!

A Very Creative 2018!

2018 was quite a year for Cloud Nine; the production of four plays, a revival of an extract from a fifth play, plus our big 20th anniversary bash. 

In March we put several new works-in-progress on their feet during the Scratch Theatre Night at The Exchange, North Shields. April saw the premier at the same venue of Rainbird which over the week attracted more than 1,000 audience members and was warmly received.

In May we performed A Parcel for Mr Smith at the Prague Fringe Festival–again well received, with the Prague reviewer hailing Dylan Mortimer’s one man performance as ‘brilliant.'  The play then went on a mini-tour round North Tyneside.

On November 9th at The Memorial Hall, Wallsend, as part of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, we performed an extract from our play Death at Dawn

Next came our 20th anniversary night on 17th November. Over 100 guests enjoyed two plays, Making Plans for Jessica  by Kitty Fitzgerald and The Battling Ettricks by Mary Pickin.

There was a sumptuous buffet by Sky Apple Café, a Cloud Nine quiz and also live music from Alan Jones. Everyone was given an individually numbered souvenir brochure to take home-possibly a collector's item of the future?

Cloud Nine has now produced the work of 30 different playwrights. Its range of work includes a play walked and performed the length of the Roman Wall (Off the Wall), a short play performed for morning commuters on the Shields Ferry (Ships that Pass), a play centred on the Meadow Well riots of 1991 plus a four year programme of small scale new theatre performed at the Low Lights Tavern, North Shields, and other North Tyneside coastal venues.

Cloud Nine has been the recipient of funding from Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Peggy Ramsey Foundation and  North Tyneside Council.  In 2015, Artistic Director of Cloud Nine, Peter Mortimer was named a finalist in the Journal Culture Awards Writer of the Year for his play, 'Death at Dawn.'

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