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shortlisted for best play 2017


An award-winning new writing company based in Newcastle.
Coracle are an Associate Company of Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle, and have been supported by Arts Council England and Community Foundation Tyne and Wear
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.


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The-avante-garde.co.uk on OVERDUE

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written by  Ali Pritchard

directed by  Matt Jamie

performed by

Declan Wilson and Jake Jarrett


It's a semicolon.

It's a break.

A pause.

It's not the end

A true story about how a walk home over the High Level Bridge might have made the difference between life and death.  

Running time: 10 mins.

CW: contains themes of suicide and self harm

Originally part of "How Did We Get To This Point" produced at Alphabetti Theatre in 2016, directed by Ben Dickenson and supported by Arts Council England and HomeGroup.


written and performed

by Degna Stone.


"A sharply written

mediation on age,

race and fear"

Tracey Sinclair, The Stage

Review of Live performance at Alphabetti

NewcastleGateshead Statement Tile generi

"When people who are 'definitely not racist' vote for someone who definitley is, what am I supposed to tell my children?"

Coracle strives to ask challenging questions and to give a voice to people from all walks of life, telling stories with imagination, intensity and honesty.


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, particularly in North East England.


We are 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've also just launched  PlayStream - a podcast of audio dramas.

“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.

"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



POD is our 4th Arts Council England funded production -  a new comic drama written by Arabella Arnott which will be premiering at Alphabetti Theatre in 2021... More details here.


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NewcastleGateshead Statement Tile generi

We stand to denounce racism in all its forms. We, alongside the cultural sector of the North East, declare that silence is not ok and silence is seen as complicity. Racism has no place in a just and humane society.


Whilst we cannot undo pain and neglect, we are calling on all of us in the arts, cultural, heritage sectors; professional and voluntary to work together to address racism and its deep roots. We must listen, have conversations and most importantly act, we know we need to do better. Everyone is part of the solution - artists, staff, trustees, partners, promoters, audiences and communities.

We want to tackle this together in sharing better understanding and practices. We stand united to bring about change in our thinking and actions as a collective of organisations and individuals.

In the weeks and months to come we will collectively act to build on this statement with concrete steps and actions to demonstrate our commitment to bringing about real change. We ask you to stand with us.

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