This season I am delighted to be working with Patrick Marber, directing his play The Red Lion starring Stephen Tompkinson who I am pleased to welcome back to Live Theatre’s stage following his performance here in Faith & Cold Reading.
In February Live Theatre holds its second Live Lab Elevator festival, a week-long celebration of new work and talent development including work by this year’s Live Lab Associate Artists Cloakroom Theatre.
In our visiting theatre programme we welcome Good Dog, new work from exciting theatre company tiata fahodzi, Good Grief, another compelling production from Soho Theatre, performed by BBC Radio’s Jack Rooke, and Open Clasp’s new show Sugar, looking at women in and out of prison.
Our Live Tales sessions have proved popular with young people, teachers and volunteers, with sessions available for schools to book until the end of this academic year. Our Youth Theatre continues to grow and produce outstanding thought-provoking work which can be seen in A Suitcase. A Toothbrush. A Ball. in March. We look to develop our education and participation work through an exciting partnership in the new Fire Station project in Sunderland (more news to follow later in the year).
I am also delighted to announce Mobile, an intimate show in a caravan, our co-production with The Paper Birds, will tour the UK extensively throughout 2017.