Newcastle upon Tyne venue Alphabetti Theatre has announced its new 2022-23 season.
The new programme of shows features world premieres, home-grown talent and the best of the North East.
The season will open with the world premiere of Brotherhood (23 August – 10 September). Presented by Northern Roots & Vitamin Noir feat. Kay Greyson, Brotherhood highlights 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 long-time friends will share their origin stories of perseverance through dance and music. This unique tale of family and love is told with infectious joy.
Making its North East premiere, Alan Harris’ Sugar Baby (20 September – 8 October) is a charming comedy caper centred on Marc, small-time drug dealer in Cardiff, who spends his time avoiding his mum, disguising his cannabis plants with fake tomatoes, and saving his old man from the local loan shark. When he gets caught up in a love triangle, things get even messier.
Next up is Out-Out! (18 October – 5 November), a development of Joana Geronimo’s recent work as part of Alphabetti Theatre’s Reaction Artist programme.
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’s going down, her hands are going up, and she’d like to share it, irl. Joyful, bright and lyrical, Out Out! brings people together in a moment of connection, and reminds us all that some things can’t be downloaded.
Another world premiere follows with More Blacks, More Dogs, More Irish (15 November – 3 December) by Papi Jeovani and Rhian Jade, presented by Alphabetti Theatre and SoreSlap Theatre.
In the not-too-distant future, worlds collide when two people are forced to share a space. Only when they are given no other option, do they find that their lives are more similar than they could have ever imagined.
The festive season will see Alphabetti Theatre & Hotspur Primary present Song Of The Goblins (13 – 31 December). This imaginative premise asks “who lives in those little green metal boxes at the end of the street?”
They’re everywhere. You must have seen them. If you sit next to them for long enough, you can hear voices and sometimes singing… Song Of The Goblins has been co-created by an award-winning professional creative team and pupils from Hotspur Primary School. The pupils have co-written the script, co-composed the music, co designed and co-built the set. This fantastical family adventure from Alphabetti’s award-winning artistic director, Ali Pritchard, will feature live music and composition by Wilf Stone.
2023 will begin with Tiny Fragments of Beautiful Light (31 January – 18 February) by Allison Davies. Directed by Karen Traynor, the show is an immersive, interactive exploration of one woman’s journey of self-discovery.
Elsa’s life has never been boring, though it’s often been a struggle. She’s quirky and kind and clever and funny, but school was always a nightmare, and romance was a mystery; until now. 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 comes when we live as we truly are.
Closing the season will be the world premiere of Person Spec (28 February – 18 March), presented by Forest Sounds Theatre & Alphabetti Theatre.
Prepare to meet the next energised and highly motivated job candidate, applying for an exciting new work opportunity. But this is not a normal theatre show, this is a job interview. And the audience is the panel. This bizarre, hilarious show encourages its audience to maximally evolve, self-disrupt, and autoconference at 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.
For more information and tickets, visit alphabettitheatre.co.uk