Write Stuff at Live Theatre
Six new short plays written by 13 and 14 year olds from Benfield School are performed for the very first time at Live Theatre on Friday 22 March at 7.30pm as script-in-hand readings by professional actors and members of Live's Youth Theatre. Showcasing the concerns of young people today, the plays have been developed as part of Write Stuff, Live Theatre's new residency which gives young teen voices a platform through theatre. See http://www.live.org.uk/whats-book/write-stuff
Live Witness Call for Memories
Live Witness is promenade theatrical tour revealing the secrets of Live Theatre in a journey through it's beautiful buildings, old and new taking place between 14-25 May 2013. The creators of unique performance, specially commissioned for the company's 40th birthday celebrations, are calling for people's memories of Live Theatre, please share via the comments section below.
For more information see http://www.live.org.uk/livewitness
Season's Greetings from Live Theatre
With 2012 coming to a close it's time for a little reflection. To remind you of the fantastic range of entertainment that you have supported this year watch our festive trailer.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support throughout the year and for your part in helping us achieve continued success. We look forward to welcoming you back to Live Theatre for what will be a special 40th anniversary celebration throughout 2013.
With thanks to our supports, funders and corporate partners.
LONDON by Simon Stephens
A Paines Plough, Live Theatre & Salisbury Playhouse Production, directed by George Perrin.
"You get back to London and the noise of the place and the dirt and the colour and the roar of it."
In a city full of the push and pull, incessant chatter and endless hum you can barely find the time to breathe.
You want to get away. You deserve to get away.
There is a choice -- you can take everything you love with you or leave it all behind.
This new play by Olivier award-winning playwright Simon Stephens tells two heart-rending stories of family and the choices they make for the precious things they love.
Tuesday 30 October to Saturday 10 November
Tickets: £10 to £18
Box office: (0191) 232 1232
Book online: www.live.org.uk/london
A Bush Theatre production in association with Live Theatre
Thursday 13 September to Saturday 6 October 2012
www.live.org.uk (0191) 232 1232
"Some women long their whole lives to be asked how they are, if just by a complete stranger."
Butlins Skegness, Chalet Number 12, where the Walker women have been holidaying since 1961.
This year it's Nana Barbara's seventieth and everyone's airing their dirty laundry. Loretta's had too many camp cocktails, Jolene's fallen tits over teeth for a Redcoat and Abigail's harbouring more than knickers and hairspray in her suitcase.
A shockingly funny journey through five decades of birthdays, wedding and hen dos which asks can we ever really cut the apron string that ties us to our parents?
Chalet Lines returns to Live Theatre after a successful run at Bush Theatre, London.
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"It takes chutzpah for a man to write an all-woman play. But Lee Mattinson pulls off a tricky feat with panache in this initially raucous comedy."
Michael Billington, The Guardian
About the Cast
Live Theatre is pleased to welcome back Sharon Percy (Cooking with Elvis, Short Cuts and RSC's Tyneside Stories) as well as former Live Youth Theatre member Jill Dellow (Tyneside Stories), Viktoria Kay (The Pitmen Painters -- Bill Kenwright UK tour & West End), Ann Ridley (Small Town Luck) and Donald McBride (A Nightingale Sang in Eldon Square and The Last Post). Joining the cast in her stage debut is film and TV actress Sammy T Dobson (Harrigan's Nick, Joe Maddison's War and Byker Grove).
Saturday 6 October, 5pm
Meet the Writer and Cast
Writer Lee Mattinson talks about the development process behind Chalet Lines and, along with members of the cast, will discuss its evolution from the first script-in-hand performance here at Live Theatre, through the play's London run and return to Live's main theatre.
FREE, but booking is essential
For some, making it to London 2012 has been literally a matter of life and death and the struggle is not over yet. Get the inside track into the true stories behind Olympic success from the team that presented the multi award-winning show Motherland, the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Festival.
Wednesday 1 to Sunday 26 August at The Underbelly, Bristo Square, Edinburgh
29 August - 8 September 2012, Live Theatre, Newcastle