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Romeo & Juliet – Extra date added

Thu 31st Mar 2016

David and Brogan in rehearsal
Rehearsals:  pictures by Vanessa Karon

Well, rehearsals for our first Shakespeare 2016 production, Romeo and Juliet, have finally begun.  Our pair of star-crossed lovers, David Jackson and Brogan Gilbert, have thrown themselves into their roles, and already things are shaping up to produce a great piece of theatre – even if we do say so ourselves!

And The Customs House in South Shields think so too, as they have invited us to take the production there.

We’ll be playing for one night only, in the main house at the Customs House, on Thursday 19th May 2016.

Show starts at 7.45pm. There are various ticket prices, including an early bird offer, so head over to their website or call their box office on 0191 454 1234.


Cranked Anvil on the BBC!

Tuesday 2nd September 2014

It’s been a very busy few weeks at CAHQ.  With the show opening in just over two weeks, we’re now into the business end of things. Actor Paul Dunn and writer/director Tom Kelly are in the rehearsal room, working hard to mould the show into an entertaining piece of theatre, while the production team – including the ever-inventive and incredibly talented David Gibson – are working behind the scenes to get everything ready for production week.

Look North's Jeff Brown interviews Paul Dunn
Look North’s Jeff Brown interviews Paul Dunn

Tickets are continuing to sell incredibly well. A lot of the performances are now completely sold out, and Durham Gala have asked us to do another night there.  So currently, the run consists of 9 performances:

Customs House, South Shields: 19th (2 shows), 20th, 21st
Durham Gala  23rd
Arts Centre Washington  25th
Durham Gala (again)  26th, 27th, 28th

And we’re expecting that to go up even more by next week, after a morning with Jeff Brown and the Look North team, filming a short piece about the play.  Being a Sunderland supporter himself, Jeff was extremely interested in the play and its background, and Tom and Paul really enjoyed talking to him on camera about their experience so far of putting the show together, and about being long-suffering Sunderland supporters for many years!

The item should air on BBC’s Look North, 6.30pm, some time in the next week. Keep a look out for it!


Jeff Brown speaking to writer Tom Kelly
Jeff Brown speaking to writer Tom Kelly


Roker Park – tickets selling fast!

Monday 7th July 2014

With still over two months to go until the shows open, and with virtually no press or publicity having gone out yet to the general public, the word coming back from the theatres is that I Left My Heart In Roker Park is already proving extremely popular with audiences!

The Customs House is about half sold, over the three performances, and The Durham Gala has asked us to add an extra performance due to demand! 

So don’t miss out!  If you want to catch this fantastic production, get your tickets now. Go to the Production Page, then follow the links to the relevant theatres.


Football isn’t a matter of life and death, it’s much more important than that!

For lifelong supporter Kevin Halliday, following his team has given him his fair share of highs and lows over the years.  As he sits in the back garden of his home – on the site of the former Roker Park – he recalls the events of his life as they interweave with the fortunes of his beloved Sunderland AFC.

Excitement, heartache, disappointment, satisfaction, jubilation; watching his team and living his life have both provided them all.

This updated version of Tom Kelly’s funny, poignant and ultimately heart-warming play tells the story of one man’s journey through his life and loves.

Rehearsals continue for RRN III

The first readthrough of Alpha Blond(e)

Thu 6 Mar

Only 3 weeks to go now, until our third Rehearsed Reading Night takes place, and the plays are starting to come together nicely.

Last night, we had the first ’round-the-table’ readthrough for Peter Dawson’s piece, Alpha Blond(e), with the cast and director subsequently putting it on its feet and exploring the text in more detail.

It’s a very stylised play, which should provoke a lot of thought and feedback when we open with it on the night of the 27th.

The cast are:


The show is taking place upstairs at The Marine Pub, on Ocean Road in South Shields.  Tickets are just £5 on the door.

In rehearsal. l-r: producer Paul Dunn, Stephen Sullivan, Danielle Miller, director Peter Dawson
In rehearsal. l-r: producer Paul Dunn, Stephen Sullivan, Danielle Miller, director Peter Dawson

Rehearsed Reading Night gets underway

RRN3 Readthrough
Jackie Fielding and David Robson rehearsing

Sat 1 Mar 2014

So, the work has begun in earnest on our next Rehearsed Reading Night, taking place on March 27th in South Shields.

A section of Rachael Walsh’s play, ‘The Morning After’, will be showcased at the evening.  Yesterday, the cast and director got together for the first readthrough and really brought the script to life.  Directed by Gareth Hunter, this piece will close the first half of our evening.  At the readthrough last night the cast described the script as being like the basis of a TV sitcom, so it should send the audience to the bar with smiles on their faces!

At our nights in Sunderland last year, Rachael first tried out her play ‘Crawl’ with her Generic Girl Productions colleague Kylie Ann Ford (who is also involved with us in this show, as both an actor and director).  The play went on to tour pub venues in the North East, and we’re hoping for similar success for Rachael on this one.

The cast are:

The show is taking place upstairs at The Marine Pub, on Ocean Road in South Shields.  Tickets are just £5 on the door.

The Morning After cast and director at the first round-the-table readthrough
The Morning After cast and director at the first round-the-table readthrough

It’s full steam ahead for our Rehearsed Reading Night III

Tue 25 Feb 2014

The venue is confirmed, and so are the acts!

After last year’s successful nights in Sunderland, we’re looking forward to bring back our Rehearsed Reading Nights in South Shields throughout 2014.

The first one of the year is taking place on Thursday 27 March, at the Marine Pub on Ocean Road.

We’ve got four great pieces lined up, written by Peter Dawson, Rachael Walsh, Frank Ditchburn and Wayne Miller.  With four highly experienced and accomplished local directors on board, together with a wealth of local acting talent – not to mentioan the fantasticx musical skills of Aimie Jeffels and Jonny Winter to provide interval entertainment – the evening promises to be one of the best we’ve yet produced.

And tickets are only £5 on the door – what a bargain!

You can find out more info about the event here.  We’ll see you on the night!