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Live Theatre

Live Theatre is one of the UK’s leading new writing theatres. Live develops writing primarily for the stage but also for radio, film and television working in partnership with amongst others the BBC, Film 4 and the RSC. The company is housed in a venue on Newcastle’s quayside and produces several new plays per year as well as running an extensive education, participation and new writing development programme.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £622,503
  • 2013-2014: £637,443
  • 2014-2015: £654,017

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Introducing LiveWorks

Live Theatre Chief Executive Jim Beirne and Architect Jason Flanagan discuss, LiveWorks a new £10 million capital scheme by Live Theatre to purchase and develop Quayside frontage and land and buildings adjacent to the theatre, to create new commercial office space, a new public park and a children and young people's writing centre. Once complete, LiveWorks will create new revenue streams for the core creative and educational work of Live Theatre, building resilience for the Theatre for the future, and transforming this part of the Quayside. For more information see http://www.live.org.uk/creative-enterprises/liveworks-development

Good Timin' - An interview with the writer & performer Ian Mclaughlin

Good Timin' is a funny, inventive and life affirming one man show about one man's journey to find another man. Actually, it's a two-man show with one man missing and two different endings. Join writer and performer Ian Mclaughlin (The Suggestibles) as he asks if there's more than DNA linking him to his missing father? He discovers amazing parallels between their lives and personalities that make him question the very nature of nurture itself. Part personal testimony, part stand-up and part science, Good Timin' questions how much we really pass on to our children and how the things we keep from them can have a profound effect on their lives. Good Timin' previews at Live Theatre between Wednesday 16 and Saturday 19 July before heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from Thursday 14 to Saturday 23 August (Northern Stage at King's Hall, venue 73). The show then returns to Live Theatre from Wednesday 15 to Saturday 25 October.

Good Timin' Trailer, Live Theatre

Good Timin' is a funny, inventive and life affirming one man show about one man's journey to find another man. Actually, it's a two-man show with one man missing and two different endings. Join writer and performer Ian Mclaughlin (The Suggestibles) as he asks if there's more than DNA linking him to his missing father? He discovers amazing parallels between their lives and personalities that make him question the very nature of nurture itself. Part personal testimony, part stand-up and part science, Good Timin' questions how much we really pass on to our children and how the things we keep from them can have a profound effect on their lives. Good Timin' previews at Live Theatre between Wednesday 16 and Saturday 19 July before heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from Thursday 14 to Saturday 23 August (Northern Stage at King's Hall, venue 73). The show then returns to Live Theatre from Wednesday 15 to Saturday 25 October.

LiveWorks Archaeological Dig one day timelapse

A short timelapse film of one day on the archaeological dig on Live Theatre's LiveWorks site.

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It's Not Rocket Science! by Fiona Evans

Presented as part of The Dementia Monologues Created in 2012 to coincide with Fiona's show Geordie Sinatra, a dark comedy that gets under the skin of dementia by exploring the loving, yet tangled relationship between a father and daughter, Fiona conducted a series of workshops in two Newcastle homes whose residents have dementia and Alzheimer's. During this time she worked with patients and carers gathering stories and personal experiences which were used as inspiration to create these five short films, all directed by Live Theatre's Artistic Director, Max Roberts. The films, which were made possible with funding from the Maudsley Charity, aim to address some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding this disease and add to the knowledge available. For more information visit www.live.org.uk/dementiafilms

The Taxi Driver by Fiona Evans

Presented as part of The Dementia Monologues Created in 2012 to coincide with Fiona's show Geordie Sinatra, a dark comedy that gets under the skin of dementia by exploring the loving, yet tangled relationship between a father and daughter, Fiona conducted a series of workshops in two Newcastle homes whose residents have dementia and Alzheimer's. During this time she worked with patients and carers gathering stories and personal experiences which were used as inspiration to create these five short films, all directed by Live Theatre's Artistic Director, Max Roberts. The films, which were made possible with funding from the Maudsley Charity, aim to address some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding this disease and add to the knowledge available. For more information visit www.live.org.uk/dementiafilms

The Dementia Doctor by Fiona Evans

Presented as part of The Dementia Monologues Created in 2012 to coincide with Fiona's show Geordie Sinatra, a dark comedy that gets under the skin of dementia by exploring the loving, yet tangled relationship between a father and daughter, Fiona conducted a series of workshops in two Newcastle homes whose residents have dementia and Alzheimer's. During this time she worked with patients and carers gathering stories and personal experiences which were used as inspiration to create these five short films, all directed by Live Theatre's Artistic Director, Max Roberts. The films, which were made possible with funding from the Maudsley Charity, aim to address some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding this disease and add to the knowledge available. For more information visit www.live.org.uk/dementiafilms

Two Down by Fiona Evans

Presented as part of The Dementia Monologues Created in 2012 to coincide with Fiona's show Geordie Sinatra, a dark comedy that gets under the skin of dementia by exploring the loving, yet tangled relationship between a father and daughter, Fiona conducted a series of workshops in two Newcastle homes whose residents have dementia and Alzheimer's. During this time she worked with patients and carers gathering stories and personal experiences which were used as inspiration to create these five short films, all directed by Live Theatre's Artistic Director, Max Roberts. The films, which were made possible with funding from the Maudsley Charity, aim to address some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding this disease and add to the knowledge available. For more information visit www.live.org.uk/dementiafilms

Adding It All Up by Fiona Evans

Presented as part of The Dementia Monologues Created in 2012 to coincide with Fiona's show Geordie Sinatra, a dark comedy that gets under the skin of dementia by exploring the loving, yet tangled relationship between a father and daughter, Fiona conducted a series of workshops in two Newcastle homes whose residents have dementia and Alzheimer's. During this time she worked with patients and carers gathering stories and personal experiences which were used as inspiration to create these five short films, all directed by Live Theatre's Artistic Director, Max Roberts. The films, which were made possible with funding from the Maudsley Charity, aim to address some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding this disease and add to the knowledge available. For more information visit www.live.org.uk/dementiafilms

Incognito Teaser Trailer

Incognito by Nick Payne Friday 4 & Saturday 5 April, (Previews) Tuesday 22 April to Saturday 3 May Incognito, a dazzling new play about what it means to be human, by Olivier Award nominated writer Nick Payne, premieres at Live Theatre. Three stories exploring the nature of identity and how we are defined by what we remember, are interwoven in Incognito, a dazzling new play about what it means to be human. Princeton, New Jersey. 1955. Thomas Stoltz Harvey performs the autopsy of the recently deceased Albert Einstein. And then steals his brain. Bath, England. 1953. Henry undergoes pioneering brain surgery. The surgery changes Henry's life, and the history of neuroscience, forever. London, England. Present. Martha is a clinical neuropsychologist. When her marriage breaks down she starts to make some radically different choices. A Live Theatre, nabokov & HighTide Festival Theatre Production in association with The North Wall For more information & to book tickets see http://www.live.org.uk/whats-on-book/incognito

Captain Amazing - an interview with the director and performer

Following its success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 Captain Amazing takes to the road in 2014 as Britain's only part-time superhero travels the country sharing tales of family life, defeating super villains and rescuing families from burning buildings with audiences. "Captain Amazing could well be the best one-man show at this year's Fringe, a perfect union of acting, writing and directing... close to perfect" A Younger Theatre (5 stars) "It's a phenomenal achievement to nestle so much joyous, whimsy-free wonder in such a truthful, painful story." Fest Magazine (5 stars) Traverse Theatre: Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 April Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford: Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 April Hull Truck Theatre: Thursday 10 & Friday 11 April HighTide Festival Theatre: Sunday 13 April Soho Theatre: Wednesday 16 April to Sunday 4 May Live Theatre: Wednesday 7 to Saturday 17 May

Incognito Interview

Incognito by Nick Payne Friday 4 & Saturday 5 April, (Previews) Tuesday 22 April to Saturday 3 May Incognito, a dazzling new play about what it means to be human, by Olivier Award nominated writer Nick Payne, premieres at Live Theatre. Three stories exploring the nature of identity and how we are defined by what we remember, are interwoven in Incognito, a dazzling new play about what it means to be human. Princeton, New Jersey. 1955. Thomas Stoltz Harvey performs the autopsy of the recently deceased Albert Einstein. And then steals his brain. Bath, England. 1953. Henry undergoes pioneering brain surgery. The surgery changes Henry's life, and the history of neuroscience, forever. London, England. Present. Martha is a clinical neuropsychologist. When her marriage breaks down she starts to make some radically different choices. A Live Theatre, nabokov & HighTide Festival Theatre Production in association with The North Wall For more information & to book tickets see http://www.live.org.uk/whats-on-book/incognito

Anthropoetry at Live Theatre on Thursday 8 May 2014

Thursday 8 May 2014 Anthropoetry Find out more and book tickets: www.live.org.uk/whats-on-book/anthropoetry How do we express our spleen? Whose business do we stick our noses into? When did we start wearing our hearts on our sleeves, and why are we up to our elbows in heels and bums? BBC R4 Slam Champion Ben Mellor takes you on a stand-up-poetry-and-music-fuelled tour around the body, attempting to get the measure of modern life through anatomical analogy. Presented with Ben's trademark mix of free-verse poetry, rap, beatbox and a healthy dose of satirical humour, the text is underscored live by multi-instrumentalist Dan Steele on guitar, keys, drum pad and live-looping technology. Written and performed by Ben Mellor and Dan Steele Produced by John Tomlinson Consultant producer Ric Watts Video trailer shot and edited by KrikSix written and performed by Mellor & Steele Filmed on location at MARS With Special Thanks to Léonie Kate Higgins, Benji Reid, Nathan O'Doherty, Thea O'Doherty, Conor Aylward, Gino Evans of JMG Media, Adam Quayle of Box of Tricks Theatre www.mellorandsteele.com @mellordramatix #anthropoetry facebook.com/MellorSteele

Captain Amazing 2014, Tour Trailer

Following its success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 Captain Amazing takes to the road in 2014 as Britain's only part-time superhero travels the country sharing tales of family life, defeating super villains and rescuing families from burning buildings with audiences. "Captain Amazing could well be the best one-man show at this year's Fringe, a perfect union of acting, writing and directing... close to perfect" A Younger Theatre (5 stars) "It's a phenomenal achievement to nestle so much joyous, whimsy-free wonder in such a truthful, painful story." Fest Magazine (5 stars) Traverse Theatre: Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 April Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford: Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 April Hull Truck Theatre: Thursday 10 & Friday 11 April HighTide Festival Theatre: Sunday 13 April Soho Theatre: Wednesday 16 April to Sunday 4 May Live Theatre: Wednesday 7 to Saturday 17 May

Live Theatre's Youth Theatre

Find out more about Live's Youth Theatre and Youth Theatre Festival.

Penny Dreadful presents How to be Immortal

How to be Immortal By Mira Dovreni Directed by Kirsty Housley Henrietta Lacks died in West Virginia in 1951, but her cells are still alive, dividing endlessly in laboratories all over the world. It's taken Deborah years to cmoe to terms with her mother's death. Now she's got to deal with her immortality. Created with the cast Clare Perkins, Anna-Helena McLean & John McKeeyer.

Live Theatre's Education & Participation work (22 minute film)

Find out more about Live Theatre's innovative education and participation work in Education, Youth Theatre and Community settings. For more information see http://www.live.org.uk/content/education-participation

Live Theatre's Education and Participation work film (15 mins version)

Find out more about the work of Live Theatre's Education & Participation Department in this fifteen minute overview which covers drama work Live's Youth Theatre and the Summer Youth Theatre Festival, education and playwriting with young people through schools and drama and film-making projects with community groups.

Live Theatre's Education and Participation Work (7 minute version)

Find out more about the work of Live Theatre's Education & Participation Department in this short seven minute overview which covers drama work Live's Youth Theatre and the Summer Youth Theatre Festival, education and playwriting with young people through schools and drama and film-making projects with community groups.

Blink Trailer

This is the tale of Jonah and Sophie. It's a love story. A dysfunctional love story, but a love story all the same. Against the lonely backdrop of London, the worlds of two shy individuals collide, and a charming, delicate and darkly funny story unfolds before your eyes. Directed by Soho Theatre Artistic Associate and nabokov Artistic Director Joe Murphy, Blink was a sell-out hit at Soho Theatre and in Edinburgh in 2012 and comes to Live Theatre, Newcastle on 18 & 19 February 2014. For more information and to book tickets see http://www.live.org.uk/whats-on-book/blink

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