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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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10 Minutes To...

New plays from new voices. 10 Minutes to... is the latest addition to Live Theatre’s Live Lab programme, giving writers and directors the opportunity to forge new creative partnerships, be showcased at Live Theatre and bring their work to a new audience. How it works Writers are asked to submit a 10 minute short play, to Live Theatre's Literary team, that responds to a particular theme. They are encouraged to interpret this theme on their own terms. Out of the submissions, five plays are picked to take part in the 10 minutes to... process. The selected writers then meet with five directors at a networking evening to discuss their ideas and the ways in which they like to work. From these conversations the writers and directors are paired up to work together on the project. Writers and directors will then work together to complete the piece, cast it and be ready for an intensive rehearsal weekend with a public off-book performance on the Sunday evening of that weekend. Find out more about the next 10 Minutes to... opportunity: http://bit.ly/10MinstoFilm This video was shot during 10 Minutes to... Take Off in January 2015. The plays, which were rehearsed in just one adrenalin-fuelled weekend, included: Fold. Throw. Repeat. By Rebekah Bowsher Directed by Morag Iles The Flight By Nina Berry Directed by Melanie Rashbrooke Coming Home Party By Josh Coats Directed by Sebastien Fumoleau After School Cake Club By Ali Pritchard Directed by Lewis Grey Trolley Boy By Dave Raynor Directed by Anna Ryder

Donna Disco Trailer 2015

Written by Lee Mattinson Directed by Laura Lindow Performed by Paula Penman For anyone who ever thought that being fourteen was easy... Donna is fourteen, clumsy and fat. She’s bland, bespectacled and, if she’d ever heard of The Beautiful South, she’d adore them. She also has a new school project, to source a stranger’s story and present her findings at the annual Christmas Pageant. And so Donna takes it upon herself to befriend the colourful cross-dressing butcher from downstairs. But when her mother goes AWOL and an innocent crush on a local pretty boy goes hideously wrong, Donna’s world begins to disband and the disco that plays in her heart is in danger of grinding to a glittering, gobsmacking halt. "A tour de force of writing, acting and directing" ★★★★★ Three Weeks Presented by Chicken Pox Fox Productions and originally commissioned by Live Theatre and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and supported by The Empty Space & Dance City through This Way Up. Live Theatre: Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 February, 7.30pm. Book online: www.live.org.uk Box office: (0191) 232 1232

Live Theatre's Live Works, 24 hours Timelapse

Watch a short timelapse film of 24 hours overlooking Live Theatre's Live Works site. Live Works is 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, Live Works 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/live-works-development

Fleabag Trailer

Fleabag Presented by DryWrite & Soho Theatre at Live Theatre, Newcastle Tuesday 3 & Wednesday 4 March, 7.30pm Written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge Directed by Vicky Jones Today I am going to be a new person. The Fleabag bites back. A rip-roaring account of some sort of a female living her sort of life. Fleabag was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2014 and has won a number of awards including a Fringe First Award in 2013 at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. “Sucker punch funny… I’ve never seen a play quite like it.” ***** The Scotsman For more information and to buy tickets see http;//www.live.org.uk/whats-on-book/fleabag

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Live Theatre's Creative Producer Graeme Thompson talks about Live Lab

In January 2015 Live Theatre re-launch Live Lab their talent development programme. Watch this video with Creative Producer Graeme Thompson to find out more about this strand of the Theatre's work. Celebrate the Live Lab launch week from Sunday 25 to Friday 30 January 2015. Find out more: http://bit.ly/LiveLabEvents

Day of the Flymo by Paddy Campbell

Watch award-winning writer Paddy Campbell and director Paul James as they talk about Paddy's latest play Day of the Flymo. Day of the Flymo looks at the chaotic lives of some young people. The mechanisms that swing into action when social services step in. And a brother and sister struggling to cover up the cracks. Day of the Flymo is at Live Theatre, Wednesday 8 April to Saturday 11 April 2015. For more information and to book tickets see http://www.live.org.uk/whats-on-book/day-of-the-flymo

What Falls Apart by Torben Betts

Watch writer Torben Betts and director Max Roberts as they talk about What Falls Apart which will receive its world premiere at Live Theatre from 22 April to 16 May 2015. May 2015: The most important General Election for a generation. All is not well for Tom Savage, an ex-Labour minister parachuted into a safe North East constituency, trying to win hearts and minds as well as an Election. Wrestling with a heady cocktail of mid-life crisis, growing dependency on alcohol and the consequences of his Government's policies in Iraq, Tom finds himself in a Tyneside hotel bar at midnight with a newly-teetotal barman and a 'criminally attractive' woman. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty...

Rendezvous - Celebrating the life and work of Julia Darling

Watch Live Theatre's Literary Manager Gez Casey as he talks about Rendezvous - a celebration of the work of novelist, poet and playwright Julia Darling who was also a writer in residence here at Live Theatre from 2001-2013.

An extract of Writer and Co-Director Ron Hutchinson discussing Flying Into Daylight

An extract of Writer and Co-Director Ron Hutchinson discussing the play Flying Into Daylight. Recorded at Live Theatre, Newcastle. The World Premiere of this brand new play by Emmy Award-winning writer Ron Hutchinson stars four times Olivier Award nominated actress Summer Strallen and Theatre Choice Award winning actor Jos Vantyler. It features live Tango music composed for the show and performed on stage by Julian Rowlands, one of Europe’s leading tango musicians and member of Tango Siempre. Original dance choreographed by Tango specialist Amir Giles. Live music and passionate dance make Flying into Daylight a vibrant, life affirming journey where seductive rhythms can change lives. Flying Into Daylight was first performed at Live Theatre, Newcastle between Thursday 27 November and Saturday 20 December 2014. For more information see www.live.org.uk/whats-on-book/flying-into-daylight The full interview with Ron Hutchinson will be available for students on our http://www.beaplaywright.com online course

Season Launch

A round up of Live Theatre's January to June 2015 season launch which took place in November 2014.

Flying Into Daylight feature on Made in Tyne & Wear

Live Theatre's current production Flying Into Daylight was featured on Made in Tyne & Wear. The World Premiere of this brand new play by Emmy Award-winning writer Ron Hutchinson stars four times Olivier Award nominated actress Summer Strallen and Theatre Choice Award winning actor Jos Vantyler. It features live Tango music composed for the show and performed on stage by Julian Rowlands, one of Europe’s leading tango musicians and member of Tango Siempre. Original dance choreographed by Tango specialist Amir Giles. Virginia has a decision to make: whether to continue with the comfort and security of her mundane British life or to gamble - to walk out on everything she knows, get on a plane, travel twelve thousand miles to Buenos Aires and learn the Tango. Sometimes you have to follow your feet. And your heart. Live music and passionate dance make Flying into Daylight a vibrant, life affirming journey where seductive rhythms can change lives. Flying Into Daylight is at Live Theatre, Newcastle from Thursday 27 November to Saturday 20 December 2014. For more information and to book tickets see http://www.live.org.uk/whats-on-book/flying-into-daylight Flying Into Daylight A Live Theatre Production – A World Premiere Thursday 27 November to Saturday 20 December 2014 Written by Ron Hutchinson Based on an original story by Victoria Fischer Directed by Ron Hutchinson & Max Roberts Music created & performed by Julian Rowlands Choreographed by Amir Giles Designed by Gary McCann Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth Footage Courtesy of Ben Lucas and Made in Tyne & Wear.

Live Theatre's Seasonal Video 2014

With 2014 coming to a close it's time for a little reflection. To remind you of the fantastic range of entertainment that we have presented throughout the year please watch our festive trailer.

Flying Into Daylight Trailer

The World Premiere of this brand new play by Emmy Award-winning writer Ron Hutchinson stars four times Olivier Award nominated actress Summer Strallen and Theatre Choice Award winning actor Jos Vantyler. It features live Tango music composed for the show and performed on stage by Julian Rowlands, one of Europe’s leading tango musicians and member of Tango Siempre. Original dance choreographed by Tango specialist Amir Giles. Virginia has a decision to make: whether to continue with the comfort and security of her mundane British life or to gamble - to walk out on everything she knows, get on a plane, travel twelve thousand miles to Buenos Aires and learn the Tango. Sometimes you have to follow your feet. And your heart. Live music and passionate dance make Flying into Daylight a vibrant, life affirming journey where seductive rhythms can change lives. Flying Into Daylight is at Live Theatre, Newcastle from Thursday 27 November to Saturday 20 December 2014. For more information and to book tickets see http://www.live.org.uk/whats-on-book/flying-into-daylight Flying Into Daylight A Live Theatre Production – A World Premiere Thursday 27 November to Saturday 20 December 2014 Written by Ron Hutchinson Based on an original story by Victoria Fischer Directed by Ron Hutchinson & Max Roberts Music created & performed by Julian Rowlands Choreographed by Amir Giles Designed by Gary McCann Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth

Broke Presented by The Paper Birds

Based on interviews taken across the UK in 2014, multi award-winners The Paper Birds explore, with real life stories from the front line of poverty and debt, what it means to be broke in this visually stunning new production. A heartfelt and urgent look at the debt of a Nation from displaced families and gambling addictions to beans on toast. Broke will be performed at Live Theatre on Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 February ay 7.30pm.

Caroline Horton Video

A clip from an interview with Caroline Horton from Live Theatre's online playwriting course www.beaplaywright.com. In this clip Caroline talks about her latest project Islands, which is previewing at Live Theatre on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 November.

Afrovibes Festival in Newcastle Trailer

Afrovibes Festival brings some of the very best South African Arts to Newcastle. Afrovibes' programme, the biggest ever, marks 20 years of South African freedom: 20 years since the ending of apartheid and the beginning of democracy. Making a welcome return to Live Theatre, this year Afrovibes Festival extends to Northern Stage for the first time. Work by award-winning artists reflects what it is to be part of 21st century South Africa, which promises to be thought-provoking, energetic, refective, fascinating and wonderful. For more information on Afrovibes events at Live Theatre see www.live.org.uk, at Northern Stage see www.northernstage.com and across the country see www.afrovibesuk.com

Blind presented by The Paper Birds

A beatboxing theatre show unlike any other. 2 X UK Beatboxing Champion Grace Savage delivers the most unlikely of musicals as she explores what young people are hearing in the world from motherly advice to what we learn in the school playground and the music charts. An interrogation into the influences on young people today 'Blind' explores the songs, sounds and statements that our world is making and asks how they affect who we become.

Captain Amazing Trailer Edinburgh

This Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 sell out hit, which is a funny and poignant one man show that thrusts us into the life of Britain’s only part-time superhero, returns to the Fringe in 2014 for just five performances. Struggling to balance his family responsibilities and more conventional job, with defeating super villains and rescuing families from burning buildings, Captain Amazing explores how all parents strive to be heroes in the eyes of their children. Discover Captain Amazing’s origins, his family life and how even the invincible aren’t immune to tragedy. “The best one-man show you’re likely to see...” ★★★★ The Telegraph “A phenomenal achievement…” ★★★★★ Fest Magazine Captain Amazing will be performed at Northern Stage's venue King's Hall from Monday 18 to Saturday 23 August (excl. Thurs 21 Aug) at 8.15pm. Tickets can be purchased from www.northernstage.co.uk/edinburgh

Good Timin' - Edinburgh Festival Trailer

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' will be performed at 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.

Wet House by Paddy Campbell

Voted one of the top 10 plays of 2013 by The Guardian Wet House by Paddy Campbell, directed by Max Roberts, makes a triumphant return to Live Theatre in October 2014 following its world premiere in September 2013. The show will then go on tour to Hull Truck Theatre and Soho Theatre, London. When Andy, an idealistic young graduate gets a job in a wet house, a homeless hostel where residents can drink alcohol, he is plunged into a twilight world where the rules about what is right and what is normal have become a little blurred. And that's just among the other staff. Based on his own first-hand experience working in a wet house, Paddy Campbell's award-winning debut full length play asks who will look after the people that no one else will look after? Wet House, a comedy tinged with sadness and tragedy, won three awards at the 2013 Journal Culture Awards - Paddy for Writer of the Year, the production for Performance of the Year and Joe Caffrey for Performer of the Year.

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.

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