Scanners by John Harrison

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Writer / Director John Harrison brings Playing Up 4 to a climax tonight with his play abpoout airport security

Many of us have got are tales of woe to tell based upon our experience of passing through airport security, but have you considered what motivates some of those that  chose to work in the job? It may not necessarily meet the highest of ethical standards, in fact, your airport frustrations and anxieties might be someone else’s idea of amusement; their way of getting through the day. Throw a failed relationship , job rivalry and a new manager striving to make an impact into the mix and ‘Scanners’ could take you into an unforeseen future.

Micky – Chris Iddon

Pamela – Susan French

Gem – Lucy Curry

Playing Up 4 is at Northern Stage 3 on Thursday 9th February, the fun starts at 7.45 pm

The last few tickets are available: HERE

Smile! at The Cluny 2

To round off the year, we’ve got videos of some of the plays we’ve performed this year.  Playing Up staged Smile! three times.  At the Durham Gala, the Tru Coffee House in Heaton and at the Cluny 2, which is where this video comes from.

‘Smile!’ by Chris Wilkins.

Directed by William Wyn Davies.

Performed as part of Playing Up 3 at Northern Stage, Newcastle on October 5th 2016.

Jack Murphy …………. Chris Iddon
Train Conductor …….. William Wyn Davies
Mark …………………….. Lewis Cuthbert
Tiffany ………………….. Kat Pierce

Video by Colin Cuthbert

Playing Up 3


Playing Up is back with our third scratch night on Wednesday 5th October at 7PM.  This time we’re at the Cluny 2 with six new plays for only £5.50.

Playing Up 3 is a special night of drama at Cluny 2 at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday 5th October. Building on the success of the first two Playing Up events in 2015, Playing Up are proud to announce a third performance, with new plays from up and coming Tyneside-based writers.

Some of the best actors Newcastle has to offer will be bringing you such delights as a deal with the devil, a girl who lives in a box, a superhero, a derelict squat and a tunnel cave in.

Please be prepared to be moved, to laugh and to be given some fascinating new perspectives on this crazy world we live in.  If you weren’t then it just wouldn’t be a Playing Up night!

Tickets only £5.50 are available HERE.

More details about the plays are coming soon.


Scratch Night 2

Some pictures from our July Scratch Night.  Photos coutesy of Colin Cuthbert (apart from Darwin’s Rhea when he was on stage).

Wayne Looney vs The Aliens


And Breathe


Save Our Hedges


Trolley Boy


Darwin’s Rhea

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The Garden

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Pay The Receptionist On The Way Out

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Our thanks to everyone who contributed and came along.  See you in the Autumn.

Save Our Hedges


Our next scratch night is on 8th July at Northern Stage, kicking off at 7.45 on Stage 3 and third up is Lewis William Cuthbert’s play, ‘Save Our Hedges.’  Wellsworth Comprehensive, formerly Wellsworth Asbestos Factory, has been standing for more years than most of its students can count. The school prides itself on old-fashioned morals and a no-nonsense policy on jitterbugging. On this particularly glorious day, Deputy Head Gertrude Crabtree wags his pen and stifles his giggles as two Geography teachers are severely disciplined for professional misconduct.


MR DURDIDGE     Stuart Laidler

MR ATKINS            Steve Noone

MR CRABTREE    Jake Wilson Craw

Directed by Lewis William Cuthbert.

Tickets for the evening are only £5 and are available HERE.

And Breathe


The second play of the evening is And Breathe by Sharon Zucker.  It takes place in a car, as a mother is driving her daughter who is in labour, to hospital.  It’s a humouress look at the mother daughter relationship at one of the most stressful times possible.

Tickets for the evening, 8th July at Northern Stage, are only £5 and are available HERE.