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Spoon Theory

Written and Directed by Bex Bowsher
Co-directed by Tory Copeland
Performed by Steven Blackshaw, Lisa Eagleton & Graham Hornsby

When it starts, you don't realise it’s started. In a flash of ink you are transformed. It happens that fast. Belle is newly married. Planning a honeymoon. A life. A future. She knows nothing of spoons.

And then she is hit by a car. And the spoons are dictating her life. The spoons tell her what she can do, and what she can't. But, how can she put her life back together when her spoons keep disappearing?

Rat Boy

Written by Christina Berriman Dawson & Lee Mattinson
Directed by Christina Berriman Dawson
Creative Support Laura Lindow
Music Composed by Kirk Turnbull (QFX)
Choreographer Malcolm Shields
Performed by Christina Berriman Dawson, Micky Cochrane, James Hedley, Paula Penman & Christopher Price

When a thirteen year old lad goes AWOL in the rat run of Byker Wall, Gash and Jam are the only ones with any hope of finding him. Each and every breadcrumb's laced with synthetic freedom. Because it's 1995 and, even if Rat Boy's mates had mobiles, they'd be as big as the bricks their Byker is built upon.

The Rat Boy media frenzy caught the imagination of region. See extracts of a story of a ‘Rat Boy’, and the heartbeat and heart break of a community, with a banging 90s rave sound track!

Spoon Theory & Rat Boy Post Show Talk

Listen to writer of Spoon Theory, Rebekah Bowsher and writer of Rat Boy, Christina Dawson discuss the making of their plays.

‘What a flipping brilliant night of theatre.’

Audience feedback 2017
Christina Dawson

Christina Dawson - Co-writer of Rat Boy

Christina's theatre credits include ‘Rattlesnake’ (Open Clasp), 'Beyond The End Of The Road' (November Club-Tour/SAGE) ‘Key Change’ (New York Theatre workshop, Off Broadway and UK National Tour & Live filming Space/BBC ), 'Sugar' (Open Clasp at Live Theatre), '5 Dead Nobody's' (Customs House), ‘Clothes Swap Theatre Party’ (Forward Theatre & Derby Playhouse), ‘Dolly Mixtures' (Customs House), Make do and Mend performed at European Parliament, 'From there to you, from here to me' (Odd Man Out), 'Turning Pages' (Live Theatre)

Christina was awarded the 2017 Live Theatre Bursary.

Audience Feedback

Spoon Theory & Rat Boy

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund