‘Procedure’ by Stuart Nimmo

‘Procedure’ written by Stuart Nimmo, directed by Donna Marie Tonkinson

Stuart Nimmo’s play about law enforcement brings the first act to a close.

He’s useless, repugnant, unwashed, gluttonous, socially maladjusted and – worst of all – far too good. Perhaps Sgt. Morse’s tribunal will teach him wrong from right.

Sgt. Gavin Morse –                            Luke Daniel Johnson

Chief Insp. Karen Holmes –              Kate Reilly

DI Gerry Makepeace –                       David Foster


Playing Up 5 is on Thursday 25th May, 7.45pm at Northern Stage 3.

Tickets are £8 / £5 Concessions, available HERE.

‘Independent’ by James Ryland


‘Independent’ written & directed by James Ryland

The river, the bridge, the lights… what are the chances?  James Ryland’s play about relationships tries to find out.

Tom –             Jack Stanley Robertson

Jane –             Susan French

Diamond –      Jill Dellow

Playing Up 5 is on Thursday 25th May, 7.45pm at Northern Stage 3.

Tickets are £8 / £5 Concessions, available HERE.

Cow Juice by Chris Wilkins


Have you ever made a cuppa at work, gone to the fridge and found that your milk’s been nicked? Have you vowed bloody revenge against the perpertrator only to calm down two minutes later and get on with your work? Have you ever wondered what would happen if you didn’t calm down?

Then this play is for you.


Cow Juice by Chris Wilkins

Hurn –       Chris Iddon

Kirsty –      Stevie Ward

Jon –          Jack Stanley Robertson

Bridget –     Zoe Hakin

Boss –        James Ryland

The Management Team – Debbie Bolam, Beth O’Doherty, Sara Jo Harrison

Directed by James Ryland

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

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

Lost Souls and Games Show Hosts


Playing Up is rounding off 2016 in fine style with a trio of comedy plays at one of Newcastle’s premier cafes – The TRUE Coffeehouse, Chillingham Road, Heaton.  Thursday 15th at 8PM.

Written by John Harrison, Lewis Cuthbert and Chris Wilkins. Starring Jake Wilson Craw, Patrick Robertson, Chris Iddon and Stevie Ward.

In the plays we encounter troubled teachers, a pompous prankster and the only mobile app you’ll ever need (if you’re willing to accept the charge).

Come on down and enjoy a night of laughs, drinks and well… 3 funny plays.

Free entry.
£5 corkage.
8pm start

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TRUE Coffeehouse

234 Chillingham Road
Tyne and Wear