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Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Alphabetti Theatre in partnership with  The Worriers & Co presents: Bacon Knees and Sausage Fingers 

*Back due to popular demand following the sell-out run in 2016 at Alphabetti Theatre* 

TRIGGER WARNING: This show deals with extremely difficult issues throughout. If this is a concern and you would like more information please contact our producer, Chloe Stott, on [email protected]

Bacon Knees has always been fast. His parents were very proud. They would watch him running around the garden in circles for hours on end. In 1989 he found his calling…Crufts was on TV. 27 years later and Bacon Knees finds himself on his home track – the High Level Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne - up against a new opponent... 

Bacon Knees & Sausage Fingers is a harrowing, heart-warming and hilarious play written and performed by Gary Kitching and Steve Byron, directed by Ali Pritchard; it tells the tale of a meeting between two social outsiders and their new bizarre friendship. 

Bacon Knees & Sausage Fingers came out of an Alphabetti Theatre 24 Hour Challenge in May 2015, when Gary and Steve wrote a play in 24 hours reacting to stimuli provided by Ali. Following that, the three of them worked on the piece and performed it to sell-out audiences in October 2016. From there The Worriers Theatre company was formed, winning awards in 2017 and 2018. Here was the fact that started this journey:

“In 1849, a week after opening the High Level Bridge in Newcastle upon Tyne, the Geordies worked out that it was exactly the same length as a dog track, and with raised pavements either side, they had the perfect viewing terraces. Within a week the bridge was closed to traffic by hundreds of people flocking to the bridge, closing it off to race their dogs.”

Since developing the play we may have discovered that Ali’s source could be slightly historically questionable/creatively embellished…but still an excellent nugget of inspiration to create Bacon Knees & Sausage Fingers. 

Thanks to support of Arts Council England, Alphabetti and The Worriers are commissioning 3 emerging artists to create reaction pieces to be performed after the main show. These reaction pieces will run as a double bill with Bacon Knees & Sausage Fingers on their given dates, immediately following the main performance (only one ticket will be required).

Diji Reacts...: Tuesday 5th - Friday 8th February

Diji is 22, he was born in Nigeria. He grew up in Ireland. He is heavily influenced by Jazz, folk, Neo soul.
His main goal in life right now is to tour the world playing good music and eating nice food.
He loves finding new music almost as much as he likes eating.
He really likes Ani Difranco, Frank Ocean, Lucy Rose, Alfa Mist.
Oh and his favourite colour is yellow.

Bonnie & The Bonnettes React...: Tuesday 12th - Friday 15th February

Bonnie and The Bonnettes are a theatre company based in the North East. Their work is sometimes about them, sometimes about other people, but mostly about the world we live in.

They like it when audiences laugh. They like it when they think. They really like it when they do both at the same time. They want to share stories, challenge perceptions, and have a good time whilst doing it.

Their work is loud, fun, and unapologetic.

The Twisting Ducks React...: Tuesday 19th - Thursday 21st February

The Twisting Ducks Theatre Company was developed by a group of adults with learning disabilities who shared a passion for performing and a desire to create original work that was representative of their lives and the issues most important to them

They have built a community in the North East for people with learning disabilities and autism to explore and celebrate their creative talents, and to develop art that represents their lived experiences.

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Alphabetti Theatre

Saint James' Boulevard

Newcastle upon Tyne


Creative Team: 

Written and Performed by Gary Kitching & Steve Byron 

Directed by Ali Pritchard 

Designed by James Pickering 

Stage Manager Rachel Glover

Produced by Chloe Stott 

The Alphabetti Theatre bar and theatre are wheelchair accessible. We have space for two wheelchair users per performance. 

Ticket Collection Policy: for all shows which are Pay What You Feel all tickets must be collected by 7.15pm. Tickets uncollected by 7.15pm will be made available to those on the waiting list for shows which sell out.

Age Recommendation: 14+ 

Running Time: approx. 1 hour / 1.5 hours with reaction piece



Alphabetti Theatre

Alphabetti Theatre is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and was created by Ali Pritchard in 2012. We create, produce, and programme new, original work from emerging artists across the performing arts, championing work in Music, Theatre, Comedy and Poetry. We strive to make theatre that is relatable and accessible to all, and are constantly looking for new ways to challenge ourselves, physically, mentally and conceptually – we believe that by challenging ourselves we inevitably challenge the audience, creating engaging and original experiences.