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

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 

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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Seed Pot Bursary Holder

mandla rae/Switchflicker Productions present

as british as a watermelon

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.

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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Seed Pot Bursary Holder

Pecho Mama presents

The Oedipus Album

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

Spies Like Us presents

Woyzeck

Saturday 31st July 2021 | 7.30pm

Age recommendation: 12+

Running time: Approx. 55 mins

 

A nation wakes up from war, the lake sits stagnant and eerie and all the while a record spins. Franz Woyzeck, a young soldier, grapples with his fragmented mind as he sinks deeper and deeper below the surface of reality. Attempting to provide for his illegitimate son and lover; rank and rule conspire to plunge Woyzeck into a kaleidoscopic dreamscape where nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted.

★★★★★ 

EdFringe Review

★★★★★ 

Theatre Weekly

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.

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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Seed Pot Bursary Holder

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' 

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