‘Verbal gymnastics’ in stage production

She's on Toast is being staged by Cloud Nine Theatre at The Low Lights Tavern in North Shields.
She's on Toast is being staged by Cloud Nine Theatre at The Low Lights Tavern in North Shields.

Cloud Nine Theatre Co. are staging their ‘most bizarre play ever’ at The Low Lights Tavern in North Shields early next month.

She’s on Toast is the world premiere of a new play written for the company by artistic director Peter Mortimer.

It opens with the longest and most colourful exchange of insults ever heard on a theatre stage.

Before long, one character is forced to recite a speech in Latin, while another finds the plot cannot advance until he answers the question, “What is the opposite of string?”.

The play, described as ‘an absurdist tour de force, a dizzy display of verbal gymnastics and literary sleights of hand’, opens on Tuesday, March 4, and plays twice nightly until Wednesday, March 6. It is directed by Neil Armstrong.

This is Cloud Nine’s seventh production at The Low Lights and to cater for the growing demand, performances have now been increased to six.

There will also be an evening show on Friday, March 7, at The Surf Café, on Tynemouth seafront.

At the Low Lights, North Shields’ oldest hostelry, 6pm performances come with home-made soup and a roll, and the 8pm shows include live performance sets from some of the region’s top singers and musicians; Tuesday, Freya & Gemma, Wednesday, Ann Sessoms on Northumbrian pipes, Thursday Ditte Elly. Ryan Siddall is the musician at The Surf Cafe.

Audiences need to book in advance. Tickets can be bought direct from the Low Lights, by calling (0191) 257 6038 or online at cloudninetheatre.co.uk

For Surf Cafe tickets, contact (0191) 447 1503.