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Alex Telfer - chair web copyCap-a-Pie means: from head to foot or armed for battle. We used to be called Theatre Cap-a-Pie – theatre from head to foot. We say it Cap (like you put on your head) a Pie (like you eat).

To us Cap-a-Pie means bringing together exciting and innovative theatre makers and communities to co-create theatre and foster learning and thinking through a democratic creative process. Since 1996 we’ve been  working communities and making and touring professional work in the North East of England and beyond.

When working with communities, we know that the highest standards of engagement have to go hand-in-hand with, and will lead to, the highest artistic standards. Through our exciting and dynamic work with communities we produce work that is both challenging, accessible and thought provoking. People of all ages, backgrounds and abilities work with us to make theatre.

Currently, we are exploring how theatre can be used to build, strengthen and add value to partnerships between universities and communities. We believe that a community engaged creative research process is rewarding to all, academics, artists, communities and audiences.

We are currently working in partnership with Newcastle University’s Institute for Creative Arts Practice and Newcastle University’s Engagement Team. This project creates opportunities for theatre makers and academics to work together. The programme includes weekly studio workshops for academics to create and perform new theatre inspired by their research with professional artists as well as new community arts projects and touring theatre productions.


Katy Vanden – Producer
Brad McCormick – Artistic Director

Honorary Patron and co-founder: Gordon Poad

Board of Directors:

Andrew Smaje, Roma Yagnik, Lesley Patrick and Jackie Davison.

Associate artists:

Gwilym Lawrence – theatre maker
Rebecca Louise Collins – theatre maker
Matthew Jones – musician, composer

Cap-a-Pie Engagements is registered in England and Wales as a Company Limited by Guarantee: No: 8938843
Registered Charity No. 1174828

Registered address: Cap-a-Pie, Ouseburn Farm, Ouseburn Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PA.