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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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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

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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.

LiveWorks Archaeological Dig one day timelapse

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

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 returns 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) Monday 18 to Saturday 23 August, 8.15pm (excl. 21 Aug) Northern Stage at King's Hall Box office: (0131) 477 6630 Book online: www.northernstage.co.uk/edinburgh

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

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