top of page

Bannocks and Blood

An immersive whodunnit written and presented by Ann Cleeves

Anchor 1

On Sunday 5th March 2023 we held our fundraiser event in the Black Swan venue at Newcastle Arts Centre.

The event featured original work, Bannocks and Blood, written and presented by local best-selling author, Ann Cleeves (Vera and Shetland).

The fundraiser was in aid of our crowdfunding campaign and raised £3,200 towards our inclusive creative arts venue capital project.

The audience was captivated by the performances and got to play detective and interview the suspects live onstage before the murderer was revealed.

Ann Cleeves quote  (1).png

The success of the event is due to Ann, the support of the venue, and a host of artists and helpers who all freely volunteered their time and services.


Thank You to All the Volunteers:


Kay and Mike Tilley, Alice Fuller and staff at The Black Swan and Newcastle Arts Centre for hosting the event. 


Ann Cleeves and the Bannocks and Blood Cast: Paula Penman, Karen Traynor, Steve Byron and David Raynor.


The Suggestibles: Carl Kennedy, Tom Walton, Jenni Winter and Rachel Glover for warming the audience up. 


Caroline Ryan who BSL’d all night! 


Peter Johnson and Rachel Glover for your technical support


The Front of House team, Jacqueline Wood, Helen Doyle, Allison Birt, Hendrika Seguro-Bigg, Jacob Easton, and Dami Fawehnmi led by the super Lewis Jobson


Our Bakers: Louise Taylor, Helen Doyle and Verity Smith.


Our Raffle Prize Donors: Kielder Observatory, Jam Jar Cinema, The Block and Bottle, The Suggestibles, Northern Alchemy, Alnwick Castle, Ian Mayor, Louise Taylor, Golf Fang, Michelle Bayly, Live Theatre, Verity Smith and Details Art Shop, and to Studio Social North for the photo booth.​


Our Campaign Team: Hazel Burton, Jenni Winter, Helen Doyle, Allison Birt, and Micala Samsom of Scarlet Digital Marketing.

Our PR Team: John Scott, John Scott, Adrian Hanlon and Joe Haydon Photography.


Shauna Conker, who helped so much right at the start.​


And Bev Fox and Ian McLaughlin who led the campaign from start to finish.

bottom of page