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Workie Ticket Theatre CIC is a North Tyneside based, female-led theatre company producing work across the North East region, that reflects current social issues. Founded in 2017 by writer and producer, JoJo Kirtley who is a survivor of domestic abuse, JoJo wanted to tell her story through the empowerment of theatre, to support other women in similar circumstances and raise awareness of domestic violence. In June 2018, theatre-maker and performer, Lindsay Nicholson joined the Workie Ticket Team as co-director and in January 2019, Workie Ticket became a CIC.
A commitment to creating real, tangible social impact through theatre is at the very heart of the work we do. We create theatre with vulnerable groups such as survivors of abuse, sexual violence, discrimination, prejudice, and gender inequality to raise awareness and empower them to tell their stories. We also deliver workshops in areas that have high social deprivation to give voices to at-risk groups in the community.
Our first project HEAR HER ROAR highlighted women’s real stories and raised awareness of issues affecting women in our region. We donated our profits to Newcastle Women’s Aid and delivered workshops to groups at their centre. In June 2019, we were part of the Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums’ Festival of Women and created a piece of theatre around the theme of female relationships with a group from WHIST in South Shields. Their performance was filmed and has now been archived in a collection to honour the history of North East Women.
Our latest production is WOMEN WARRIORS and tells the untold story of women who have served in the military and the conflict surrounding their rehabilitation into “Civvie Life.” Based on real lived experiences. Devised in response to theatre workshops delivered to female veterans. It is without a doubt, a bold, challenging and inspiring piece of theatre.
Workie Ticket Theatre CIC have been supported by North East grant giving organisations such as the Greggs Foundation, The Joicey Trust, Sir James Knott and Hospital of God. Most notably, we were awarded the Newcastle Social Fund from Newcastle University.
Learn more about Hear Her Roar and Women Warriors here.