I’m delighted our new co-production, No Dogs, No Indians, extends Live Theatre’s involvement in GemArts Masala Festival in July, and that the Mini Mela returns to Live Garden after its success last year. Live’s Youth Theatre take over the whole building and garden in August for a three day festival of imaginative performances on the theme of Heroes, Villains and Mortals.
We continue our long relationship with Open Clasp to present Rattle Snake, premiering here in September before transferring to York Theatre Royal and Soho Theatre, London. We are also delighted to be co-producing the world premiere of Goth Weekend with Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
From The Sky To Your Hands, in which Joana Geronimo, a former member of Live’s Youth Theatre tells of her experiences arriving in Newcastle as a refugee, is our contribution to the city-wide Martin Luther King Festival. We are delighted to bring back Nina Berry’s stunning debut play, The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes, in November after its sell out success and critical acclaim last year.
Our work is also on tour nationally. Our hit production of The Red Lion, written by Patrick Marber transfers to Trafalgar Studios, London. After its Olivier Award success Lee Hall’s Our Ladies, originally produced by Live Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland, continues its West End run at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London until early September presented by Sonia Friedman Productions, and Mobile, a digital and intimate show in a caravan produced with The Paper Birds and originally commissioned by Live Theatre, tours nationally.
From September Live Tales, our story writing centre will offer three creative writing sessions a week for KS2 classes. We will also be part of an exciting participatory project, to launch the Fire Station in Sunderland’s Music Arts and Cultural Quarter in November.
Emeritus Artistic Director, Live Theatre
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