14 - 19 January 2002
Close The Coalhouse Door
Alan Plater, lyrics by Alex Glasgow
A North East family gathers to celebrate a golden wedding, and recalls the history of the British coalminers Trade Union movement.
(Previously produced in 1988)
Adapted from stories written by Sid Chaplin.
18 - 23 February 2002
Straight And Narrow
A gay male couple's relationship comes under threat when one of them decides he wants to marry a woman he met while on holiday.
18 - 23 March 2002
Out Of Sight ... Out Of Murder
A playwright comes to a lonely old house in order to finish writing a thriller, but soon finds his characters manifesting themselves and beginning to take over.
29 April - 4 May 2002
The Cemetery Club
A trio of Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before visiting their husbands' graves, but romance unexpectedly breaks out at the cemetery.
3 - 8 June 2002
An Experiment With An Airpump
In 1799, a Newcastle household buzzes with romance and science. In 1999, the same house yields a 200 year-old secret.
8 - 13 July 2002
Following her husband's death in a car crash, a woman strikes up a sinister friendship with his former lover.
2 - 7 September 2002
The members of a touring theatre company rehearse and perform a farce titled "Nothing On", while having to deal with personal conflicts both on and off stage.
7 - 12 October 2002
The Day They Kidnapped The Pope
A New York taxi driver kidnaps the Pope, and demands a ransom of at least 24 hours during which there must be no killing anywhere in the world.
11 - 16 November 2002
When the British Prime Minister dies on the eve of a General Election, senior Party officials hire a look-alike actor to impersonate him.
9 - 14 December 2002
A family gathers together for a traditional Christmas celebration, but old tensions soon rise to the surface.