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Coracle are an Associate Company of Alphabetti Theatre
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An award-winning new writing company based in Newcastle.
shortlisted for best play 2017
winner - best at fringe 2017
wnner best north east fringe 2019
winner best actress 2019
Community award Exuent Theatre Awards
shortlist best play 2019

Gritty, moving, mesmerising...
witty and insightful.
A total triumph.

* * * * * on OVERDUE

Coracle strives to ask challenging questions and to give a voice to people from all walks of life, telling stories with imagination and intensity.
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New Writing and bold story-telling are at the heart of our work

CORACLE are a company dedicated to collaborative work and nurturing new writing talent.  We produced several full scale productions alongside wraparound work and workshops, initially in London in the early 2000s, and then in a new iteration at Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle between 2017 and 2021.  


Coracle was an associate company of Alphabetti Theatre, and a programme partner on their new-writing programme JUST WRITE.  Our work has been funded by Arts Council England and supported by Community Foundation Tyne and Wear.  We also had a podcast of audio dramas called PlayStream, several episodes of which are available on all podcast platforms.


“A Powerful, entertaining drama.  This is a great production” 

Best of Fringe 2017 for OVERDUE, North East Theatre Guide.



Coracle began developing work exploring physicality, dance and text in London in 2009.  Their first full-scale production was a devised piece called BIRD OF PRAY which played at The Courtyard and in the Branching Out Festival / Rosemary Branch Theatre.  

"Bird Of Pray is a challenging and intelligent play. It cleverly crosses the borders between dance, performance art and acting and proved to be a show with a big heart that deserves to be recognized as a unique and memorable piece."

Audience feedback for BIRD OF PRAY

The ensemble pursued solo careers for several years and then in 2017 Matt established CORACLE NORTH EAST with writer and performer Arabella Arnott, with a focus on New Writing.  Their first production was Trajectory, a double bill of new plays, followed later that year with their critically acclaimed production of Overdue (winner Best at Fringe 2017 / NE Theatre Guide) - the first full production at Alphabetti Theatre's new home in Newcastle. In 2018 Coracle produced and commissioned Suffragette - 4 new short plays celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote, which they performed alongside an original 'Suffrage Play' from 100 years ago.  2019 saw Down To Zero by Lizi Patch (winner Best North East Fringe 2019 / CNS on Theatre) performed alongside work showcasing quality artistic work from women aged 40+ - a demographic under-represented both on and off stage in the theatre.  In 2020, London Coracle member Sarita Plowman produced her one woman show "The Fall".  Coracle's fourth Arts Council Funded production was POD, which performed in August/Sept 2021 at Alphabetti.  Feel free to browse the website to see archive material from our productions.

"Suffragette is both intelligent and accessible. Through five poignant plays ...believable characters and recognisable situations combine to make a worthwhile and entertaining evening at the theatre."

North East Theatre Guide on SUFFRAGETTE

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ARABELLA ARNOTT actor, writer​

Arabella trained as an actor at Bretton Hall.  She works as an actor, poet and playwright.Her theatre works have been performed at Live Theatre, Northern Stage, Alphabetti Theatre, Gala Theatre, Durham and beyond.For Coracle Arabella has written Life After, Overdue (Best At Fringe 2017), Someone Had To Do Something  (as part of Suffragette) Pod, and a number of pieces for their podcast Playstream.  She won best Actress (Brisith Theatre Guide) for her performance in Down To Zero in 2019​Arabella's Spotlight Acting CV

LUCINDA LLOYD actor, poet, visual artist​

Lucinda graduated from ALRA in 2004 after receiving a scholarship award. She won ‘Best Supporting Actress’ (168 Film Festival) for her role in the film ‘Home’ and has performed in various shows at The Globe and The Royal Court. Lucinda received The Royal Female School Of Art award enabling her to complete a Diploma in Art & Design, specializing in sculpture and film. She also completed The New Writers course at The Arcola, where she has shown her work.Lucinda continues her training including workshops with Katie Mitchell, Mike Alfreds and Peter Brook.Lucinda founded Coracle in 2009​  Lucinda's Acting CV  here

SARITA PLOWMAN actor, writer, drama therapist​

Sarita graduated from ALRA & completed an MA at Central School of Speech and Drama.  She is an actor, writer and practicing dramatherapist.Sarita has also completed the Young Writer’s Programme at The Royal Court and was invited back to develop her first full length play. Sarita’s primary interest is the art of storytelling.​Sarita co-wrote and performed in Coracle's production Bird of Pray and then her one woman piece The Fall in 2020​

MATT JAMIE director, film maker, photographer, actor​

Matt trained as an actor at Drama Studio London, and also works as a theatre director, film maker, and photographer.​Directing work includes productions at Live Theatre, Washington Arts Centre, ARC Stockton, Alphabetti Theatre, Rosemary Branch Theatre, and more.  Productions for Coracle include Down to Zero, Suffragette, Overdue, Life After (all as director), Bird of Pray (devisor, director, film maker), Without Love I am Nothing (film maker), Fading Colours and Stranger (Film Maker)Matt joined Coracle in 2010 and formed Coracle North East in 2017.​ Matt's Website here

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