WHAT'S ON

All tickets for Newcastle Fringe Festival are Pay What You Feel.

Pay What You Feel ticketing ensures that everyone has access to great art no matter what their socio-economic background might be. All we ask is that you be honest with yourself and your financial situation when choosing the amount to pay. Giving a smaller donation when you can afford to give more means we may not be able to cover all the costs of this event.

All shows at Newcastle Fringe Festival will have in-person and online audiences

We can safely accommodate up to 40 in-person audience members per performance. Audiences have the option of booking in-person tickets or online tickets to experience the great shows on offer at this year's festival. For both options, you book your tickets for no charge up front and then on the night you will be able to make your Pay What You Feel donation. 

All shows at Newcastle Fringe Festival will take place at Alphabetti Theatre

Alphabetti Theatre can be found at St. James' Boulevard, Newcastle, NE1 4HP. All online streams will take place via Crowdcast and you will be sent a link one you have booked your tickets.

For any venue access requirements and concerns please visit Alphabetti's website. All performances will be taking place downstairs in the main theatre or bar area.

Venus fly trap plant with leaves growing upwards with multi-coloured mushrooms at the base. Illustrated by Jonjo O'Connor

Mark Makin presents

How To Book A Tour Workshop (4 sessions)

Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th, Friday 30th July 2021 | 11am

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: 2 hours per session

A focussed strategic assessment of the potential of your production is the key to a successful tour. These independent one-to-one evaluations are tailor-made to address issues as diverse as tour scale, communication techniques, key selling points, suggested deal structures, contracts, supporting paperwork and partnerships, as well as identifying suitable target venues.

Please note that all workshops are taking place online via Zoom and will not be available to attend in the venue.

Izaak Gledhill in partnership with Alphabetti Theatre presents

39 Horses

 

Tuesday 27th July - Saturday 7th August 2021 | Various times

(Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays only)

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: Approx. 15 mins

An immersive, lip syncing comedic journey in a real life taxi. “So...you been busy tonight?”Your taxi has been booked! Take a seat, buckle up and get ready for this immersive solo performance, as we invite four people at a time into Izaak Gledhill’s taxi (no drinks allowed).Experience what North East taxi drivers and their customers have to say about the stories shared, the laughs had, the wisdom departed and the sick cleaned up whilst travelling from A to B. When two strangers find themselves alone with one another, what will they discuss? Work? Politics? Music? The weather? Your taxi has arrived...

Paperback Theatre presents

Me & My Doll

Tuesday 27th July 2021 | 7.30pm

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: Approx. 75 mins

When an inflatable doll comes to life – could it be just the man Kate needs? When workaholic Kate is “gifted” a blow-up-boyfriend by her colleagues she keeps it as an act of defiance. Soon, the doll becomes the only person she dares to be herself around... but as it begins to take on a mind of its own, Kate comes face to face with the dangers of letting someone in. 

★★★★

“entertaining and provocative” 

The Reviews Hub 

Alphabetti Theatre and Tommy Evans presents

Tommy - Live on the D'Addario Stage

Tuesday 27th July 2021 | 9.30pm

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 45 mins

Like Joe Cocker before him, Tommy Evans is a skinny boy from the north of England who sings like he grew up in the gospel churches of the Deep South. Inspired by soul legends Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and the folk revivalists of the 60s and 70s - Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Willy Nelson - Tommy draws on the timeless traditions of folk, country and soul, penning original songs that twist the old into a reflection of the present. After years of touring the UK and Europe with Newcastle's acclaimed folk-rock band Holy Moly & The Crackers, Tommy strikes out on his own, with one foot on the platform and the other on the train.

Natasha Haws presents

Tax and Self Employed Finance Workshop (1 session)

Wednesday 28th July 2021 | 2pm

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 2 hours

 

Director, Actor, and finance geek Natasha Haws will make tax and self employed finance digestible for attendees in this two-hour workshop. This workshop is aimed at Creative Freelancers who submit their own returns or want to learn how!

Please note that all workshops are taking place online via Zoom and will not be available to attend in the venue.

gobscure presents

rose carved in rain

Wednesday 28th July 2021 | 7.30pm

Age recommendation: 10+

Running time: Approx. 55 mins

barely surviving a homeless hostel after our worst sectioning we discovered sergei parajanov's film colour of pomegranates.  parajanov was an incredible artist/film-maker from literal transcaucasia.  indo-european languages were birthed here.  the soviet union imprisoned him because of his bisexuality, causing huge mental distress / trauma yet his childlike wonder couldn't be silenced.   we share so much with this fat-mad-bisexual-big-kid-dissident.  performing and making visuals / sound as gobscure, writing as burn, we use plural as reflection of our broken-mind. rose carved in rain draws on childhood wisdoms and big-kid dissent in a highly visual performance.  we all need our dreams back.

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Alphabetti Theatre and Opal Mthembu presents

Opal Mthembu - Live on the D'Addario Stage

Wednesday 28th July 2021 | 9.30pm

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 45 mins

 

Sat at the intersection of race, gender and disability, Opal delivers a diverse mix of spoken word, hip-hop and noise.  They explore new perspectives on cultural identity, sexuality, disability and belonging. A cross-boundary, cross-genre cross-dresser, Opal tackles big social issues with love, honesty and serious side-eye.

Culture Against Racism presents

Developing Ant-Racist Pledges as a Practitioner Workshop 
(1 session)

Thursday 29th July 2021 | 2pm

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 2 hours

 

This session is aimed at artists and companies who are seeking to develop anti-racist pledges and apply these to their work and practice.  

The structure of the session will include an introduction by Anand Bhatt (Artistic Director and CEO,Dance City), followed by an interactive and creative session led by Dr Hannabiell Sanders (Facilitator, Composer and Musical Director). The session is designed to offer practical guidance for attendees to go on and independently develop their own SMART (specific, measureable, achievable, realistic and timely) anti-racist pledges.

Please note that all workshops are taking place online via Zoom and will not be available to attend in the venue.

mandla rae/Switchflicker Productions present

as british as a watermelon - film stream

Thursday 29th July 2021 | 7.30pm

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: Approx. 60 mins

 

mandla rae has a selective memory and they are scrambling to piece together their life. as british as a watermelon questions what it means to belong through exploring mandla’s fragmented asylum and migration memories. Told through an unflinching autofiction narrative, weaving poetry and storytelling with destruction and colourful chaos, you are invited to join mandla as they rise from the dead and reclaim their misplaced power.

Alphabetti Theatre and Drag Castle (Frida Sapphic) present

Dragfetti - Live on the D'Addario Stage

Thursday 29th July 2021 | 9.30pm

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 45 mins

 

Hosted by Frida Sapphic, Dragfetti is a celebration of what makes Newcastle Drag so spectacular. Taking it away from the usual bars it calls home, Dragfetti explodes onto the theatre stage showcasing the very best that Newcastle has to offer. Bringing you Queens, Kings and things, this Kingdom is ready to entertain you. From politics to Disney villains to a commentary on shopping habits, these performers will deliver anything and everything with high wit and thought-provoking performances. Dragfetti brings the weird and wonderful to the alphabetti stage. Experience this lipsyncing, live-singing, comedic world this drag supergroup has to offer.

Other Stories presents

Muslim First Dates

Friday 30th July 2021 | 6pm

Age recommendation: 18+

Running time: Approx. 30 mins

Stuck in coffee shop in Newcastle, Jemima has five dates back to back in between her shift at the hospital.  Arranged by her mum, her mum’s friends and the Imam from the mosque, Jemima has her first experience of Muslim dating.  Navigating culture and religion, in what seems as the longest afternoon ever, she realises that maybe she can’t have it all. Dating is hard.  Especially when you’re single, Muslim and a woman. Muslim First Dates is a comedy about how third generation Muslim Women navigate dating whilst keeping in line with tradition and religion.

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Alphabetti Theatre and Georgia May presents

Georgia May - Live on the D'Addario Stage

Friday 30th July 2021 | 8pm

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 45 mins

Singer Songwriter Georgia May Live from the new stage in the Alphabetti Theatre bar – The D’Addario Stage. Georgia May is a soulful vocalist, born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne with Nigerian roots.

 

Her sound is defined by soothing timbres exposing contrasting emotions of lust and heartache with a poetic lyrical narrative. She’s heavily influenced by 90s hip hop and RnB and acoustic soul.

Georgia's captivating live vocals are complimented by Daps on keyboards, bringing jazzy chords with a gospel influence. The duo perform a variety of original material along with a few stylised covers. 

‘She's got soul and she's got it in spades. And when her voice is fronting up some chilled out trip-hop beats then every sweet spot you can think of is well and truly hit’ (The Crack Magazine) 

Pecho Mama presents

The Oedipus Album Live Screening

Friday 30th July 2021 | 9.30pm

Age recommendation: 18+

Running time: Approx. 40 mins gig + 30 mins Q+A

 

A kaleidoscopic adventure into sound and vision. Pecho Mama are a live-art-alt-electro-pop band that stage live concept albums and theatre shows.The Oedipus album is a collection of prog-rock, electronica and techno laced songs of heartbreak and grief. The result is a kaleidoscopic adventure into sound and visuals. With echoes of Pink Floyd, Bjork and Roisin Murphy, Pecho Mama’s album launch gig will be visually stunning, experimental, slick and constantly surprising.This exclusive gig, captured at The Forum in Tunbridge Wells, will be followed by a livestream Q&A with Mella, the company’s artistic director.

★★★★★ 

Broadway Baby

★★★★★ 

North West End

Cap-A-Pie presents

Climate Change Catastrophe! Screening & Singalong

Saturday 31st July 2021 | 1pm

Age recommendation: Family

Running time: Approx. 45 mins screening + 30 mins singalong

 

Join singer songwriter Katie Doherty and cast members Hannah Goudie-Hunter and Liam Scarth for a special screening and family singalong event! Created with hundreds of school children and climate scientists and engineers from Newcastle University, Climate Change Catastrophe! is all about what children think about climate change – their hopes, fears and ideas for the future. The result is a journey into the mind of an 8 year old that will really make you think… Warning: contains ear worms!

Alphabetti Theatre in partnership with Ceitidh Mac present

Ceitidh Mac LIVE

Saturday 31st July 2021 | 7.30pm

Age recommendation: 12+

Running time: Approx. 45 - 60 mins

 

Ceitidh Mac blends the warming tones of the cello and soaring vocals to create a transformative sound that puts a progressive twist on the alt.folk genre.

Originally from Wales, but now based in Newcastle, Ceitidh’s honest and intriguing lyrics have been mesmerising audiences in the know across the UK. While the folk influence is prominent in her songs, the smoky style and lo-fi studio sound combines with a contemporary electronic edge, embellished by unusual instrumentation. Her live show is an innovative take on traditional and alternative folk songs, sitting alongside her own original material which explores topics ranging from illuminating everyday experiences to subjects of deeper self reflection.

Ceitidh Mac started off 2020 supporting alt.folk hero Rachael Dadd and progressive jazzers Get The Blessing, having previously supported the likes of Laura Misch and Lankum. Focusing on writing and refining her sound, Ceitidh will be releasing a limited edition physical release of her singles so far, with a debut EP landing in 2021.

Alphabetti Theatre and The Spacebunker Tapes presents

The Spacebunker Tapes - Live on the D'Addario Stage

Saturday 31st July 2021 | 9.30pm

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 45 mins

The Spacebunker Tapes Present 'Fade Away' - The tale of a young girl who struggles to come to terms with her sexuality, and along the way must confront issues of identity, prejudice, lost faith and social acceptance. The show is a heartfelt and raw look into the pain of growing up in a world where you feel you don't belong. The Spacebunker Tapes are an acoustic duo, based in Gateshead, and have been writing and performing together since 2019. Their last live show was warmly received at The Cluny, until the band was sidelined, like us all, by the pandemic, and retreated to their Spacebunker!

 

The duo continued writing while the world slept, and after honing their craft behind closed doors they were recently awarded 'Demo of the month' for their bandcamp release 'Anywhere' by Narc magazine in February 2021, with the track also receiving radio play on BBC Newcastle. 'Fade Away' is a brand new show combining original spoken word poetry and acoustic songs, and the Alphabetti Theatre have set the stage for the duo's debut performance of the piece.

David Byrne presents

Artist Development: Talk/Q+A with David Byrne 
(1 session)

Tuesday 3rd August 2021 | 11am

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 1 hour

 

Artistic and Executive Director of the New Diorama Theatre (London) David Byrne chats about their experience working with artists and how to create meaningful opportunities for artists to develop.

Please note that all workshops are taking place online via Zoom and will not be available to attend in the venue.

xvelastin presents

[whalesong]

Tuesday 3rd August 2021 | 7.30pm

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: Approx. 50 mins

 

A human-computer duet about the noise in the oceans inspired by the voices in the sea – incorporating underwater singing, deep time, hacking, machine learning, a lot of bubbles – told from the perspective of a sort of queer cyborg whale. [whalesong] is a blend of experimental music gig, immersive sound installation and performance art whose sounds and stories are drawn from global mythology, bioacoustic research data and, of course, whalesong. It's a celebration of the diversity of the ocean, and a challenge to the human-centredness of our relationship to the natural world.

Alphabetti Theatre and Thomas Tyler present

Thomas Tyler - Live on the D'Addario Stage

Tuesday 3rd August 2021 | 9.30pm

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 45 mins

Thomas Tyler is a multidisciplinary artist, who's work responds to a condition descending into further simulation... his practice is a "multidisciplinary" study of noise (,noise being a grey area far from reason, but not quite absurd). Thomas has exhibited and performed his work internationally, and released (none-)music on labels such as Opal Tapes, Deathbed Tapes, Steep Gloss and his own label Base Materialism.

As part of Newcastle Fringe Festival Thomas will be performing a semi-improvised live set--utilising field recordings, tape loops and anti-instrumentation to compose an immersive ambient soundscape.

The Six Twenty presents

How To Apply for Arts Council England Project Grants (£15k and under) with The Six Twenty 
(1 session)

Wednesday 4th August 2021 | 11am

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 2 hours

 

This session is aimed at artists who are newer to Arts Council England Project Grants and are applying for their first under £15k bid or have applied a few times and would like some guidance and top tips on the process.

Please note that all workshops are taking place online via Zoom and will not be available to attend in the venue.

WANCS - Richard Boggie & Lisette Auton present

Chop, Dissolve, Burn

Wednesday 4th August 2021 | 7.30pm

Age recommendation: 12+

Running time: Approx. 40 mins

 

When disabled and non-disabled worlds collide, the consequences can be serious. Or they can be seriously funny.  Peter and Rose are old Uni mates. Actually, more than mates. 21 years later, their lives converge once again, but for how long? The area around Rose’s flat is teeming with police. There’s been a serious incident. Surely the poor, vulnerable, inspirational disabled people can’t be involved? 

 

Chop, Dissolve, Burn is a black comedy that will have you squirming in your seat. This play relentlessly pokes fun at society’s attitudes towards disability, whilst exposing the terrifying truth about the impacts of inequality on disabled people’s lives.   

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Alphabetti Theatre and Mike Edwards present

Mike Edwards and his Imaginary Friends
- Live on the D'Addario Stage

Wednesday 4th August 2021 | 9.30pm

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: Approx. 30 mins

In Mike Edwards and His Imaginary Friends, stand-up poet and writer Mike Edwards introduces a mixture of live poetry, video sketches, and character comedy. Expect poems and stories about Indiana Jones, Captain Hook and meet characters including reformed Teesside hardman Rob Croft and disgraced Geography teacher Mr Oxbow lake. 

Lyn Gardner presents

'How to to Talk to the Press and Develop a Critical Conversation Around Your Work' workshop with Lyn Gardner
(1 session)

Thursday 5th August 2021 | 10am

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 3 hours

 

Lyn Gardner is a journalist and novelist. She is  associate editor of The Stage and Stagedoor. She has written about theatre and performance for The Guardian and The Independent, and she was a founder member of City Limits, the largest publishing co-op in Europe. 

 

Awards for her work include: The an Action for Children's Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children's Arts, a Total Theatre Award  Significant Contribution Award for her work on the Edinburgh Fringe, a UK Theatre Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre, and a 2018 Tonic Award for Theatre journalism.

Her novels for children include Into the Woods and Out of the Woods for David Fickling Books, the Ghastly McNasty series for Piccadilly, and the Olivia Stage School and Rose Campion novels for Nosy Crow.

Please note that all workshops are taking place online via Zoom and will not be available to attend in the venue.

In Bed With my Brother presents

Retrained

Thursday 5th August 2021 | 7.30pm

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 45 mins

 

As per government advice, we’ve retrained. We’ve spent the last year developing some skills. We’ve shaken hands with Rishi Sunak and promised him we’d show all you thespians how much more employable we are now. For one night only, IN BED WITH MY BROTHER will present something so meaningless and completely chaotic that everyone will leave in agreement that theatre is dead. There will be prologues and narrative threads and several intervals. And they’ll all be boring. But we’ll still charge you 50 quid for an ice cream. [Exeunt] pursued by a career in cyber bay-beeeee.

★★★★

“you might want to have a drink first” 

The Guardian on 'We Are Ian' 

Alphabetti Theatre and White Feathers present

White Feathers - Live on the D'Addario Stage

Thursday 5th August 2021 | 9.30pm

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 45 mins

White Feathers present "Posh Boys and Other Songs"... A night of irreverent lyrics, vocals and acoustic guitar.

Kelly has spent most of her adult life as a bewildered girl in a posh boy’s world. Starting with her time at a swanky university - where she was the only girl on campus with a welsh accent - through ridiculous auditions and an eclectic mix of in-between jobs, Kelly kept a diary throughout. Those diary entries have now morphed their way into songs which are somewhat irreverent but always truthful. She is accompanied on the guitar by Nick who is excellent with his fingers, knows how to write a pretty tune and not at all posh.

White Feathers songs have been featured in Jason Cook’s Comedy Club and on BBC Radio, where they received uproarious applause on the former (and complaints on the latter).

Dominic Bascombe and Karrim Jalali presents

'Know Your Contract, Know Your Rights' workshop with Equity
(1 session)

Friday 6th August 2021 | 11am

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 2 hours

 

Is a contract valid if you just shake on it?

Do you know your implied from express terms?

Just how long is reasonable to wait to get paid?

Is it worthwhile going to court for breach of contract?

If you work in the entertainment industry and have ever struggled to understand a contract from an employer or an short term engager, this is the workshop for you.

This workshop will explore your understanding of contracts and help you understand the basics of a contractual agreement. It will cover the minimum requirements that should be agreed upon and the various terms that appear in many performers’ agreements.

This workshop will be led by Dominic Bascombe, Equity’s North East official and Karrim Jalali, Industrial official for Low Pay/No Pay.

Please note that all workshops are taking place online via Zoom and will not be available to attend in the venue.

Third Angel presents

600 People

Friday 6th August 2021 | 7.30pm

Age recommendation: 12+

Running time: Approx. 60 mins

 

Somewhere between stand-up and an astrophysics lecture, Third Angel brings you a simple show about huge ideas: the story of how a three-hour conversation with an astrophysicist changed the way Alex understands the way the Universe works. 600 People explores how we think about evolution and intelligence, belief and invention, communication and space travel. A show that that explores the stories we tell in order to understand our place in the cosmos. A show that asks if there are extra terrestrials in our galaxy. A show that asks what it means to be human.

“this show is full of wonder” 

The Stage

Alphabetti Theatre and The Folding Desert present

The Folding Desert - Live on the D'Addario Stage

Friday 6th August 2021 | 9.30pm

Age recommendation: 16+

Running time: Approx. 45 mins

 

The Folding Desert is the space between Adam Sams' ears. In exile there most of the time, he's attempting to score out a warm, colourful and surreal universe for those who've insinuated that he's "on another planet" and anyone else who may happen to enjoy the music. Following the release of TRIAD, The Folding Desert's debut DIY release earlier in the year, this will be the premiere live performance of a band constructed somewhat through spiritual gravity. Adam will be joined by local heroes Robert Griffiths, Haythem Mohammed and Diji Solanke. Expect elements of R&B, Jazz, electronic and eastern music with plenty of improvisation.

Ugly Bucket presents

Good Grief

Saturday 7th August 2021 | 7.30pm

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: Approx. 60 mins

 

A dying man’s wish; for Ugly Bucket to create a show about death.  Will it be subtle? Will it be sophisticated? Probably not, but it’s his funeral. Literally. The multi award winning company Ugly Bucket process the death of a friend in the only way they know how; through a high energy maelstrom of clowning, movement, verbatim, and thumping techno tracks. 

 

Following the death of a friend, Ugly Bucket turned to their unique style of clowning, music and physical comedy to create a show that explores grief in a way you would never expect (nor forget). Working with Care Merseyside and The Good Grief Trust, they gathered verbatim experiences and built around them a bizarre, bass-filled, electric experience. Good Grief uses comedy to spark honest conversations, create unity, and share memories.

"It’s fast, it’s funny and it plumbs the emotional depths exquisitely" 

The Stage

Alphabetti Theatre and Michael Grist present

An Evening of Magic with Micheal Grist -
Live on the D'Addario Stage

Saturday 7th August 2021 | 9.30pm

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: Approx. 45 mins

 

Come and join Michael Grist for an incredible night of mind blowing magic and mystery. With the atmosphere akin to a gathering of friends at the centre of miracles, it promises to be an unforgettable night of unique entertainment not to be missed!