Sucking Eggs!

Published: 21 May 2021
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Sucking Eggs

From 25 May to 5 June, Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre welcomes back audiences for a COVID-secure season of films for audiences of one family / bubble but the first live production in more than a year will be Sucking Eggs by Steve Byron which will run 15–26 June 2021 (excluding Sundays and Mondays).

Sucking Eggs a kitchen sink drama about what it means to grow old. Peter (Steve Hawksby) is in his late sixties and has accepted his ageing with grace. He is kept busy caring for his mother and his ever-growing obsessions with the “state” of the “bloody" world. His slightly younger sister Maggie (Jacqueline Phillips), however, is kicking and spitting about getting old and determined to do so as disgracefully as possible. The siblings often nip and scratch but in times of trouble know that blood is thicker than tea.

The production has been created in collaboration with Newcastle University's VOICE programme based in the UK's National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA), created with a £40 million investment from UK Government & Newcastle University. NICA and VOICE work together to create a dialogue on what is needed for healthy ageing.

Written by Steve Byron and produced for Alphabetti by Esther Fearn & Ali Pritchard, Sucking Eggs is directed by Karen Traynor, with music re-arranged and performed by Ceitidh Mac.

The play runs for approximately 70 minutes. Tickets, in keeping with Alphabetti’s policy, are Pay What You Feel and can be booked online (scroll down to the booking section). Every performance from Tuesday 22 June will be live-streamed—booking is as for live performances.