The Savage: A Word from the Director Max Roberts

Like so many of our plays here at Live Theatre The Savage has been created by a writer who is inspired by the rich social, political and cultural traditions of our region – it has been a real pleasure to meet and collaborate with David Almond and share a creative sensibility that chimes so harmoniously with my mission and vision as Artistic Director of Live Theatre.

Like many of our plays it is set here and now on Tyneside yet speaks to a universal audience. It is also a play that values the role of art as an integral part of our community and society as a whole and the production seeks to celebrate this through a rich theatrical mix of drama, dance, music, art and storytelling.

In keeping with our mission and history we’ve recruited an exciting young cast new to our audiences all from the north east whose energy and talent will shine through and empower David’s humane and uplifting contemporary fable.

It’s been a real privilege to work with David and the young cast and a fantastic creative team including Choreographer Lee Proud (who choreographed Billy Elliot the Musical) and with whom I have previously worked with on Tyne, Cooking with Elvis and A Northern Odyssey, Designer Alison Ashton who designed Turning Pages, Composer Beth Brennan, and an exciting new collaboration with Audio Visual company NOVAK.

Max Roberts
Artistic Director of Live Theatre and Director of The Savage

The Savage is a spectacular family friendly play with music, dance and stunning visual effects. An uplifting contemporary fable about creation and renewal, wildness and civilisation, showing the importance of creativity in making us whole. The Savage has its World Premiere at Live Theatre from Thursday 30 June to Saturday 23 July.

Tickets cost £22-£10 full price, £16-£12 over 60s concs and £15-£6 other concessions.

You can also join us for two free associated events: Live Tales Introduction on Saturday 9 July after the 2pm show and Meet the Writer & Book Signing on Tuesday 12 July after the 7.30pm show. Booking is essential.

To find out more and book tickets visit or contact Live Theatre’s Box Office on (0191) 232 1232.