My Mate Ren

Tue 17 May 2022


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14+ Due to sexual themes, strong language, and mentions of violent and coercive behaviour


£12* | £10* Concession



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My Mate Ren

Sticky Theatre Production. Written by Tamsin Daisy Rees

Sticky Theatre in Association with Alphabetti Theatre presents:

My Mate Ren

‘Ren did my eye make up too cos I’m still struggling a bit with liquid eyeliner. We forgot about shaving till just before we had to go, so I did my armpits in the sink, while Ren shaved her legs in the bath. Brushed our teeth in unison.’

My Mate Ren is raw, unapologetic, and unashamed storytelling. It’s a coming of age story about growing up in the North East. We join Alex as she tells us about first kisses, sex, tinnies, cherry sourz, and her best mate Ren.


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Sticky Theatre is a new writing theatre company founded by Live Theatre Associate Artist Tamsin Daisy Rees and ARC Stockton Associate Artist Holly Gallagher.

Sticky Theatre create new intimate work that explores what it is to be a young woman living in the North East ofEngland today. Tamsin is a playwright, artist and life model from County Durham now working and living in Newcastle Upon Tyne. She is a member of the Orange Tree Writer’sCollective 2021, an Associate Artist at LiveTheatre and was a member of the first RoyalCourt Writers Group North. She likes telling stories that are rooted in the North East and prod at class, sexuality and power. Tamsin is currently an AHRC funded PhD candidate at Newcastle University where she is specialising in playwriting and researching how female sexuality operates in contemporary narratives through silences and subtext.

Holly Gallagher is a Theatre Maker, Director and Facilitator based in Thornaby, Teesside interested in new work that speaks about the world we live in today and stimulates an audience’s imagination. Holly is an Associate Artist at ARC Stockton. She was a recipient ofthe Third Angel Mentorship Scheme 2017, JMK Assistant Director Bursary 2018 at NorthernStage, and working with Samantha Neale a Live Theatre Elevator Bursary 2020.Her Directing credits includeLast Seen Bensham Road(Live Theatre),My Mate Ren(LiveTheatre/National Tour 2022), as Associate DirectorQuarter Life Crisis(Jade Lewis -Ovalhouse, Underbelly/Edinburgh Fringe), and as AssistantJulie(Rebecca Frecknall -Northern Stage) andFrankie and Johnny in the Clairde Lune(Mark Calvert – NorthernStage). Holly has also completed directing residencies with Young Vic/York Theatre Royal.Holly’s solo work includesBefore (the line is lost)which toured nationally, and Tensile Strength (Or How to Survive at Your Wit’s End) which toured to 14 UK venues.As a part of Sticky Theatre, Tamsin and Holly have been awarded the Barnsley Civic ArtistResidency Programme 2018, and a North East Artist Development Network Residency 2018.


Dream Festival 2022: Cygnet Theatre

From community workshops at the Library, children’s shows at Cygnet Theatre, stand-up comedy at Topsham Brewery, folk music at the Corn Exchange, professional development workshops, storytelling at the RAMM, music at St Nicholas Priory, youth shows at the Hall and Multi-Story Orchestra in IKEA‘s car park – bringing art to unexpected places and helping everyone find their creative spark. Welcome to Cygnet’s Dream Festival.


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