A word from the writer: Tom Wells

We’re really excited that Broken Biscuits, a Live Theatre and Paines Plough production, has its world premiere with us next week. On from Wednesday 5 to Saturday 22 October, Broken Biscuits is a hilarious and heart warming story with songs. Here’s what the play’s writer Tom Wells had to say about the show: “Broken Biscuits…

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Spine Review

I’m of the age when you used to get black, newsprint fingers from playing ‘Pass-The-Parcel’ at parties. The big lumpy parcel was layer upon layer of old newspapers, wrapped around a prize. Not a very exciting one at that. Usually a pack of crayons, or a colouring book – never both! Spine, a critically acclaimed…

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Interview with Bea Roberts, writer of And Then Come The Nightjars

Writer Bea Robert is interviewed about And Then Come The Nightjars, her award-winning play that launches its new national tour at Live Theatre in September. The script for And Then Come The Nightjars was selected from 1500 scripts as winner of the Theatre503 Playwriting Award and the play received fourteen ★★★★ and ★★★★★ reviews and six Off West End nominations including…

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Review: Who Cares

Who Cares was a presentation of two plays by Holly Reed Macrae about young carers – Kaleidoscopic and Anti-Gravity. Kaleidoscopic was a play about the realities of being a young carer, acted out by the young carers themselves. On a set created from cardboard boxes the young people acted out a variety of characters, at…

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If These Walls Could Talk

On Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July we’re officially opening Live Garden, our new outdoor public garden and performance area, with a special outdoor promenade piece featuring some of our favourite artists and writers celebrating the theatre’s past and present. The event culminates with a performance of a new song about Live Theatre, its heritage and…

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Here Live Theatre and its guest bloggers share reviews, photos interviews and behind-the-scenes secrets. Each month a new guest blogger is recruited to review shows and share their thoughts about the theatre…

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Iris Review

Review of Iris by our guest blogger Ryan Watson. Warning it contains some spoilers! Iris, written by Alison Carr, is on at Live Theatre until Saturday 30 April. Find out more ‘Blood, Shit, Eyeballs’ Early in the second half of Iris there’s a really weird little scene in which the three lead characters are in…

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Review: Mobile

Mobile is one of those highly imaginative plays that you want to get lost inside more than once. Talking household appliances and dreams of space travel are all part of the show. Once the play really starts and the nine members of the audience climb into the caravan there is a complete immersion to be…

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Review: preggers

Wow. It is rare for a piece of theatre to make me cry, but preggers did it (of course there was a lot of comedy too). preggers is a one woman show by Amy Golding. Yet, in some ways, it could be called a four woman show, as it told the story of Amy’s Nan,…

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Introducing Hannah Scarr

  Hello fellow theatregoers! My name is Hannah Scarr and I’m the guest blogger for Live Theatre for the months of February/March 2016. I am very excited to get started! I’ve just started my first year of Drama and Script Writing at Northumbria University. Honestly I wasn’t aware of the vibrant performing arts venues and…

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No More Worries – Preview

By Ryan Watson Juice Festival Blogger When I found out that NE1’s Quayside Seaside was going to play host to a campervan called Daisy and an afternoon of holiday themed activities promoting Simon Mole and Peader Kirk’s return to Live Theatre – one of the stops on the tour of their latest performance No More Worries…

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REVIEW: Day of the Flymo

So my time as Live Theatre’s guest blogger has come to an end and for my final review I had the pleasure of seeing Paddy Campbell’s Day of the Flymo, a play which highlights the challenges of the care system and the effect it can have on the children and young people involved. We follow…

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Review of Rendezvous

How wonderful that Live Theatre are honouring the life and work of Julia Darling in this latest production of five short plays, all inspired by her writing. Ten years on from her premature death, Julia’s work is, I think, standing the test of time well. As a prelude to writing about her, I revisited her…

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REVIEW: The Bogus Woman

The Bogus Woman is not a play to be seen for pleasure, but it is a play that needs to be watched. Intense, challenging and at times uncomfortable, it serves as an extremely relevant reminder that refugees and asylum seekers are people, and so should be treated as such. The play follows a nameless African…

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Introducing Oisin Power

Hello, I’m Oisín Power and I’ll be the guest blogger for November. I’m a nineteen year old first year English Literature student at Newcastle University. Last year I took a gap year and during this I volunteered in Honduras for three months. It was a rewarding experience and opened my eyes up to a completely…

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A Word from Max Roberts

Our Ladies… is about six girls on the cusp of change. It follows the choir’s trip to Edinburgh as it goes badly wrong when love, lust, pregnancy and death all spiral out of control in a single day. The soundtrack of classical music and pop rock includes music by Handel, Bach and ELO, is sung sublimely by the six cast members and performed by an all-female band.

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Review: Schlock!

Hmm, I thought: this is not the kind of theatre I would choose to go to; I fret when something is billed as “powerful feminist satire” not because I am averse to some hard core feminism, but because I like my theatre to be proselytising, yes, but to be balanced, moderate and considered in the…

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