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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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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

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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

Weather To Fly (trailer)

Thursday 10 October 2013 at Live Theatre What's really going on with Debbie, Joe and Chemical? Weather to Fly is a bitter-sweet story about families, love, friendship and longing. When Joe returns home for the first time since leaving for the army he finds it's not only him that has been forced to deal with the secrets that are only whispered of behind closed doors. His sister Debbie can't explain what goes on inside her head and his best friend Chemical knows more than anyone could have ever imagined. When everything around him slowly falls apart Joe is forced to consider what keeps him from flying. Is it his sister, his heart, a denial of the truth or just a fear to spread his wings in the first place? Secrets come to light when lies slowly unravel but who is it that holds the key? Maybe it's Debbie, maybe it's Joe, it could be the spoon stuck in the toilet or the cloud birds who never shut up. Weather to Fly examines the difficulty of facing up to who you are when all you want is to disappear completely. The play looks at the courage needed to say 'this is who I am' when everyone around you watches as you struggle just to stay afloat. Weather to Fly is a story about having the courage to speak up against the silence. Tees Valley based theatre company OddManOut, the creative mind behind this tale of identity and acceptance, initially formed in 2007 to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe. Since then they have continued to produce work which has toured venues throughout the UK including The Royal Exchange, Northern Stage, ARC Stockton, and Arts Centre Washington. After a successful and well received production in Edinburgh including a sell-out show, OddManOut affiliates Katy Weir and Scott Young, who met at a professional training and development scheme InterACT, have continued to work together. Following the highly positive response to The Guest, they continue to collaborate with talented creatives in the region and beyond to develop a creative hub for new writing in the Tees Valley area. Weather to Fly was festival winner at ARC Stockton's Short Sharp Scripts in May 2012 and presented as Toast as part of Live Theatre's final Short Cuts celebration last year and has now been developed by Allison Davies into her debut full length play. VENUE: Studio Theatre DURATION: 1 hour SUITABILITY: 14+ TICKETS: £8, £5 concs www.live.org.uk (0191) 229 2375

Wet House Trailer

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The Only Way Is Chelsea's

Live Theatre, Newcastle 2pm & 8pm Friday 25 October & 8pm Saturday 26 October A Root Theatre, Forward Theatre Project and TakeOver Festival/York Theatre Royal co-production 14 year old Chelsea lives in Acomb, York - and as far as she's concerned her life's a mess. But she's got a plan. With the help of best mates Lee and Dionne, she's going to turn things around and star in her own reality drama. Soon enough, everyone wants a piece of Chelsea's reality, but can life in front of the lens refocus the many troubles behind it? The Only Way Is Chelsea's is a funny, dark but touching tale about one girl's quest to re-invent her own reality and what can happen when you get what you wish for. A new play by Frazer Flintham (Mindy), commissioned and created in consultation with over 100 young people aged 11-26 years of age in York. Presented as part of Juice -- NewcastleGateshead's award-winning festival for children and young people produced by NewcastleGateshead Initiative. For more information and to book tickets see http://www.live.org.uk/whats-on-book/the-only-way-is-chelseas

Beats by Kieran Hurley, Live Theatre Friday 29 & Saturday 30 November 2013

BEATS - one of the two Platform 18 award winners at The Arches Behaviour Festival -focuses on the 1994 Criminal Justice Act, which effectively outlawed raves. The act banned public gatherings around amplified music characterized by "the emission of a succession of repetitive beats." This coming-of-age story, follows central character Johno McCreadie, on a one night journey into a world of state repression, chemical excess, teenage longing, police violence and communal euphoria against the desolate backdrop of post-industrial Scotland. With techno. Lots of techno. As a new generation of political activists makes their voice heard, join us for this poignant performance that explores rebellion, hedonism and the irresistible power of gathered youth. Written and performed by Kieran Hurley with Arches resident DJ Johnny Whoop and visuals by Jamie Wardrop. BEATS had two successful runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012 and 2013 and will come to Live Theatre, Newcastle on Friday 29 & Saturday 30 November 2013. For more information and to book tickets http://www.live.org.uk/whats-on-book/beats

The Collision of Things by Move to Stand

An award-winning show about three friends who lose one life to gain another. The Collision of Things combines a razor sharp script, original live music and international cast to unearth a delicate story of home, foreignness and speaking the mother tongue. This is the tale of a young couple, their lodger and London. It is about a longing for new life, which overcomes us all, and how we can re-find each other in the darkest moments. The show uses striking physical theatre and compelling storytelling to draw you into a narrative of tragedy and transcendence. At Live Theatre, Newcastle on Friday 26 July see http://www.live.org.uk/whats-on-book/the-collision-of-things

Captain Amazing - Edinburgh Fringe Festival Trailer

Presented by Live Theatre Written by Alistair McDowall, Directed by Clive Judd, Illustrations by Rebecca Glover The story of a father turned reluctant superhero, struggling to balance his family responsibilities with his superhero duties. The show thrusts us into the life of Britain's only part-time superhero as he balances raising his daughter and putting in the hours at his more conventional job, with defeating supervillains and rescuing families from burning buildings. We discover Captain Amazing's origins, his family life, and how even the invincible aren't immune to tragedy. DATES: Saturday 3 to Monday 12 August (excluding Tuesday 6 August), 8.05pm TICKETS: £11, £8 (conc and previews 3 -- 4 Aug) VENUE: Northern Stage st St Stephen's (Venue 73) BOX OFFICE: (0131) 558 3047 BOOK ONLINE: bit.ly/CaptAmazing Follow us on Twitter: @LiveTheatre #captainamazing #ststephens

Brilliant Adventures (trailer)

Photos by @Jonathan Keenan Wednesday 29 May to Saturday 15 June 2013 at Live Theatre Written by Alistair McDowall Directed by Caroline Steinbeis "People from round here don't go and work for NASA" Nineteen-year-old science genius Luke finally has some peace to work on the extraordinary machine in his living room, holed up in a dingy flat on a near-abandoned Middlesbrough housing estate. After his unbalanced brother Rob introduces him to a wealthy out-of-towner with designs on his invention, they're thrown into a dangerous world that threatens to tear the brothers apart and possibly the universe itself... Brilliant Adventures is a fast paced tale of brotherhood, addiction and breaking the laws of physics. Written by Alistair McDowall, Brilliant Adventures was awarded a Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2011 and was part of the Royal Court Theatre's Young Writers Festival 2012. Brilliant Adventures is directed by JMK Young Director Award winner Caroline Steinbeis. Find out more and buy tickets: http://bit.ly/BrillAd

Write Stuff Stage Two

Write Stuff is an education and participation project run by Live Theatre to develop writing skills with young people. The second year of the project ran in Benfield School, Newcastle with pupils aged 13 & 14 Stage Two was rehearsed readings at Live Theatre in March 2013 For more information on Live Theatre's education & participation work see http://www.live.org.uk/get-involved/education

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