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Friday, 1 August 2014

Preview: Right Here, Right Now Youth Theatre Festival at Newcastle Live Theatre



Live Theatre celebrates its 
15th annual Youth Theatre Festival
 
Right Here, Right Now Youth Theatre Festival
NewcastleLive Theatre
Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 August 2014

Rehearsals for Live Theatre’s 15thannual Youth Theatre Festival, Right Here, Right Now, began this week.
From Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 August, young people from Live's Youth Theatre will present four evenings of entertainment based around the theme of current affairs. Right Here, Right Now showcases new work by Live Theatre's exceptionally talented home-grown Youth Theatre.

Plays for Today kicks off the Birthday celebrations on Thursday 7 August at
7.30pm in Live Theatre’s Main Theatre. Live’s Youth Theatre presents a selection of exciting new short theatre pieces devised by groups of young people from across the region with support from some of the region’s leading freelance theatre makers. The pieces, devised over ten days, are inspired by recent stories, headlines and pictures from the news. 

For anyone interested in finding out more about journalism then join BBC Look North’s Jeff Brown as he and some of the team involved in Plays for Today talk about the process of devising plays as well as the impact of news of the youth of today at 8.45pm following the Plays for Today performances.
 
Your Aunt Fanny Group: Brogan Gilbert, Katie Powell, Lydia Brickland, Lauren Waine, Jackie Edwards, Matilda Neill
On Friday 8 August celebrate the first anniversary of the all girls sketch group Your Aunt Fanny.  Working with two of the region’s most exciting writers, Laura Lindow and Lee Mattinson, Your Aunt Fanny provides a comedy platform for some of the most talented members of Live’s Youth Theatre. The girls celebrate everything that is funny, ridiculous and inappropriate in a collection of original sketches.

Join the Youth Theatre comedy coalition for a new panel show called #MouthingOffon Saturday 9 August at 7.30pm. Hosted by top North East comedian John Scott #MouthingOff takes inspiration from John’s popular panel show, presented at The Stand comedy club, Sod the Tories (And Have a Nice Week). In this politically themed game the leaders of tomorrow point out what’s wrong with the ones we have today.

As John Scott explains;
‘In recent times I’ve focused my comedy a lot more on politics and social satire. I’ve been running a panel show for the past year at The Stand comedy club that takes a fairly biting look at the great and the good. Now, with the support of Live Theatre I’ve decided to develop a ‘youth’ version of the show, which will take a look at our current affairs and hopefully tackle issues affecting young adults today’.

The #MouthingOff panellists will be joined by Davey Hopper who is secretary of the Durham Miners. Davey was a major figure during the miners’ strike, which celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year.

Don’t miss the Festival’s final show 24/7 on Sunday 10 August at 7.30pm in Live Theatre’s Main Theatre. Seven 10 minute plays are performed after an adrenalin-fuelled 24 hours. Seven writers each choose a director, two actors and a prop to inform their work and write, rehearse and perform their piece in a day.

As Nina Berry, one of the 24/7 writers, explains
‘I’m incredibly excited about the challenge and I’m very much looking forward to working alongside a new crop of writing, performing and directing talent at Live Theatre. I could not be more thrilled about having the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful project, which provides a platform for so many young people, whilst giving them the opportunity to showcase their talents and increase their confidence. I cannot wait for this year’s Youth Theatre Festival fun to unfold right here, right now!’

Plus, look out for additional performances, curated by young people to showcase young talent, around Live Theatre's building, before and during the intervals of the Festival shows. 

Tickets:
Help Live Theatre celebrate the 15th annual Youth Theatre Festival f
rom Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 August.
Tickets for Right Here, Right Now events are £8, £6 concession, £3 Youth Theatre members for each performance. 
Tickets can be booked by contacting Live Theatre’s box office on (0191) 232 1232 or online at www.live.org.uk.


Online

Twitter
Find out more about Right Here, Right Now via our Twitter https://twitter.com/LiveTheatre using the hashtag #LYTFest14.
Follow Your Aunt Fanny, all girls’ sketch group, on https://twitter.com/YourAuntFanny


Event Details

Thursday 7 August,
7.30pm 
Plays for Today  

 

A selection of pieces inspired by recent stories, headlines and pictures from the news. Devised over ten days by groups of young people with support from some of the region's leading freelance theatre makers.  

Following the performances join the Plays for Today creative team and some of the Youth Theatre participants for a Post Show Chat about the process of devising shows inspired by recent news headlines. They’ll be joined by BBC Look North broadcaster Jeff Brown to discuss the broader aspects of journalism, current affairs and the impact of news on the youth of today. Phil Hoffman, from Live Theatre's Education & Participation team, will be chairing the discussion.

Part of Live Theatre's Youth Theatre Festival, Right Here Right Now, in which young people from the Youth Theatre take over Live Theatre for two weeks to create three evenings of entertainment based around the theme of current affairs. 

DATES: Thursday 7 August, 7.30pm
LOCATION: Main Theatre
DURATION: Approx 1hr
SUITABILITY: 11+
TICKETS: £8, £6 concs, £3 Youth Theatre member

Thursday 7 August, 8.45pm
Plays for Today  Post Show Chat

Join the Plays for Today creative team and some of the Youth Theatre participants for a post show discussion about the process of devising shows inspired by recent news headlines. They’ll be joined by BBC Look North broadcaster Jeff Brown to discuss the broader aspects of journalism, current affairs and the impact of news on the youth of today. Phil Hoffman, from Live Theatre's Education & Participation team, will be chairing the discussion.  

Panellists  
Jackie Fielding (Plays for Today director)
Jeff Brown (
BBC Look North broadcaster)
Chaired by Phil Hoffman (form Live Theatre's Education & Participation team) 

Plays for Today features a selection of pieces inspired by recent stories, headlines and pictures from the news. Devised over ten days by groups of young people with support from some of the region's leading freelance theatre makers. Plays for Today is presented in Live Theatre's Main Theatre on Thursday 7 August at 7.30pm.  

Part of Right Here, Right Now this year's Youth Theatre Festival.

DATES: Thursday 7 August, 8.45pm
LOCATION: Main Theatre
DURATION: Approx 20 minutes
SUITABILITY: n/a
TICKETS: Free, booking recommended

Friday 8 August, 7.30pm 
Your Aunt Fanny

Your Aunt Fanny is a sketch group formed by some of the most talented female members of Live's Youth Theatre.

From the absurd to the downright ridiculous the girls celebrate everything that is funny and inappropriate. Their hilarious collection of original and new sketches have been written especially for them by two of the region's most exciting writers Laura Lindow (Wishbone and Sawdust & Stardust) and Lee Mattinson (Never ForgetChalet Lines and Donna Disco). 

Part of Live Theatre's Youth Theatre Festival, Right Here Right Now, in which young people from the Youth Theatre take over Live Theatre for two weeks to create three evenings of entertainment based around the theme of current affairs. 

Follow Your Aunt Fanny, girls’ sketch group, on @yourauntfanny

DATES: Friday 8 August, 7.30pm
LOCATION: Main Theatre
DURATION: Approx 1hr
SUITABILITY: 14+
TICKETS: £8, £6 concs, £3 Youth Theatre member

Saturday 9 August, 7.30pm
#MouthingOff

Join the Youth Theatre comedy coalition for a new panel show in which they take a satirical look at our current affairs and the people that make them. A politically theme game show in which leaders of tomorrow point out what's wrong with the ones we have today. #MouthingOff will feature very special guest Davey Hopper from Durham Miners Union.

Part of Live Theatre's Youth Theatre Festival Right Here Right Now. Young people from the Youth Theatre take over Live Theatre for two weeks to create three evenings of entertainment based around the theme of current affairs. This is Live Theatre's fifteenth annual Youth Theatre Festival and is produced and facilitated by Live Theatre's Education and Participation Team. 

DATES: Saturday 9 August,
7.30pm
LOCATION: Main Theatre
DURATION: Approx. 2 hours, including an interval
SUITABILITY: 11+
TICKETS: £8, £6 concs, £3 Youth Theatre member

Sunday 10 August, 7.30pm  
24/7

Seven 10 minute plays are performed after an adrenalin fuelled 24 hours. Seven writers each choose a director, two actors and a prop to inform their work and write, rehearse and perform their piece in a day.
Live Theatre is pleased to announce the writers are  Paddy Campbell (Wet House), Lee Mattinson (Chalet Lines), Ian Mclaughlin (Good Timin'), Louise Taylor (10 Minutes to...), Neil Armstrong (Adam's Family Tree - YTV) as well as recent Northumbria University graduates Nina Berry (10 Minutes to...) and Francesca Wright. They will be joined by directors Paul James and Kwabena Adjei, Jackie Fielding, Tracy Gillman, Rachel Glover, Lewis Gray, Philip Hoffmann and Dave Raynor.                    
                                                                                        
Part of Live Theatre's Youth Theatre Festival Right Here Right Now. Young people from the Youth Theatre take over Live Theatre for two weeks to create three evenings of entertainment based around the theme of current affairs. This is Live Theatre's fifteenth annual Youth Theatre Festival and is produced and facilitated by Live Theatre's Education and Participation Team.

DATES: Sunday 10 August, 7.30pm 
LOCATION: Main Theatre
DURATION: Approx 1 hr 30mins
SUITABILITY: 11+
TICKETS: £8, £6 concs, £3 Youth Theatre member

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