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‘This is Newcastle, that’s just the way lads are here man. Just the way they are. I reckon you should get off your high horse and enjoy it.’

The Shoe Tree has been the territory of local teenage girls for generations. The shoes resting here tell hand-me-down stories from the past that must be honoured by girls of the present. And tonight Joanne, Brooke, and Courtney will re-enact a story with an ending none of them can predict, as they leave their Shoe Tree nest and enter the world of Newcastle’s night-life for the first time. 


Based on the real experiences of young Geordie women, ‘Shoefiti’ is a cutting-edge account of what it’s like to come of age within the depths of Newcastle’s clubbing culture. 


In 2018-19, BRASH used Shoefiti as a springboard from which young people could explore and process their personal experiences of consent, peer-pressure, and night-club culture. The show toured to Salford Arts Theatre, Alphabetti Theatre, Northern Stage, and Live Theatre (extract, as part of Our City Our Story). BRASH is thrilled to have partnered with Streetwise young people’s project to deliver ‘Shoefiti’ to young people from across the North East to the Northern Stage production.

Written & Directed by Bethan Kitchen 

Co-directed by Nina Berry (Salford Arts Theatre & Alphabetti Theatre)

Designed by Natalie Price

Charlotte Gray as Joanne

Brogan Gilbert as Courtney 

Leah Mains as Brooke (Salford Arts Theatre, Alphabetti Theatre, Live Theatre)

Francesca Mango as Brooke (Northern Stage)