Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theater announces a new season with world premieres, local talent and more
The multi-award winning Alphabetti Theater is a bastion of North East excellence. This artist-led performance space in Newcastle upon Tyne is a space to experiment, grow and discover talent. Producing and hosting some of the best and newest work from the region and beyond, their new 2022/23 edition is no exception.
The season will open on August 23 with the world premiere of Brotherhood, until September 10. Alphabetti Theater was born out of the need for a peripheral venue in Newcastle and the North East and to ensure that the development of the performing arts in the region is central to their work. Presented by Northern Roots & Vitamin Noir feat. Kay Greyson, Brotherhood shines a light on the unknown struggles of young black men living in the UK. Vitamin Noir are a group of dancers, rappers, artists and photographers living in Newcastle upon Tyne; here, an all-black cast of multi-talented longtime friends will share their origin stories of perseverance through dance and music. This unique story of family and love is told with infectious joy.
September 20 – October 8 will see Alan Harris‘Sugar Baby premieres in the Northeast. First presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017, The Times hailed Sugar Baby as a theatrical tour de force and The Stage called it a lot of fun. This charming comedy centers on Marc, a small-time drug dealer in Cardiff, who spends his time avoiding his mother, disguising his cannabis plants with fake tomatoes and rescuing his old man from the local loan shark. When he gets caught up in a love triangle, things get even more complicated.
The third show of the season, Out-Out! is a development of Joana Geronimo’s recent work as part of Alphabetti Theatre’s Reaction Artist program. From October 18 to November 5, the public can attend the premiere of this first work. Joanna lives in two worlds, one old and one new, and sometimes it’s hard to tell which is more real. Just for tonight, her phone breaks, her hands go up and she would like to share it, irl. Happy, bright and lyrical, Out-Out! brings people together in a moment of connection and reminds us all that some things can’t be downloaded.
From November 15 to December 3, Alphabetti Theater and SoreSlap Theater will present a world premiere of More Blacks, More Dogs, More Irish by Papi Jeovani and Rhian Jade. SoreSlap aims to empower its audience and create a safe space where they can enjoy theater that makes them stop, laugh and think. In the not too distant future, worlds collide when two people are forced to share a space. It’s only when they have no other choice that they discover that their lives are more similar than they ever could have imagined. SoreSlap Theater are creators, producers and performers who use theatre, poetry and physical theater to explore topics of identity and personal politics.
During the holiday season, Alphabetti Theater & Hotspur Primary will proudly present Song Of The Goblins from December 13-31. This imaginative premise asks “who lives in those little green metal boxes at the end of the street?” They are everywhere. You must have seen them. If you sit next to them long enough you can hear voices and sometimes sing… Song Of The Goblins was co-created by an award-winning professional creative team and students from Hotspur Primary School. The students co-wrote the screenplay, co-composed the music, co-designed and co-built the set. This fantastical family adventure from Alphabetetti’s award-winning art director Ali Pritchard will feature live music and composition by Wilf Stone.
2023 kicks off with Allison Davies’ Tiny Fragments of Beautiful Light from January 31 through February 18. Directed by Karen Traynor, Tiny Fragments of Beautiful Light is an immersive and interactive exploration of a woman’s journey of self-discovery. Elsa’s life has never been boring, although it has often been a struggle. She’s quirky and kind and smart and funny, but school was always a nightmare and romance was a mystery; so far. Elsa meets Carmen who just seems to “get her”. She seems to hold the key to who she is and why it feels like there’s an octopus living inside her head. Tiny Fragments of Beautiful Light is a celebration of the joy and freedom that arise when we live as we truly are.
Finally, from February 28 to March 18, Forest Sounds Theater & Alphabetti Theater will present a world premiere of Person Spec. Get ready to meet the next high-energy, highly-motivated candidate by applying for an exciting new job opportunity. But it’s not a normal theater performance, it’s a job interview. And the audience is the panel. This bizarre and hilarious show encourages its audience to max out, self-disrupt and self-conference during this unique event. The candidate has worked hard to reach the final stage of the interview process, and it’s time for you to help them succeed…or not.
This vast and varied list represents only a part of the 270 performances that will take place at Alphabetti over the next eight months. With theatre, music, comedy, workshops and more, there’s something for everyone!