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Monday, 16 February 2015

Preview: Day of the Flymo at Newcastle Live Theatre


Young cast announced for Day of the Flymo, a new play by Paddy Campbell, the award-winning writer of Wet House
 
Day of the Flymo
Newcastle Live Theatre
Wednesday 8 April to Saturday 11 April

Written by Paddy Campbell
Directed by Paul James
Assistant Director Rachel Glover
Set Design by Phil Green

Three young actors from Live’s Youth Theatre have been cast for Day of the Flymo, a brand new play written by award-winning playwright Paddy Campbell (Wet House). Day of the Flymo looks at the chaotic lives of three young people as their family life falls apart. The World Premiere of Day of the Flymo is at Live Theatre, Newcastle from Wednesday 8 to Saturday 11 April 2015 and is Paddy’s second full length play.

Tezney Mulroy  Sophie Pitches &  Kalem Patterson
The cast of Day of the Flymo by Paddy Campbell
at Live  Theatre 8-11 April 2015
The three young actors are confirmed as Kalem Patterson (age 13, from Ryton) as Liam, Tezney Mulroy (age 17, from Newcastle) as Becca, and Sophie Pitches (age 16, from North Shields) as Clara. They will be supported by a professional cast.

Day of the Flymo explores the mechanisms that swing into action when social services step in, and follows a brother and sister as they struggle to cover up the cracks. Day of the Flymo asks what do you do when the state decides it’s going to take over from your Mam?
Writer Paddy Campbell, said:  “I've worked in a children's home for the past eight years and it's an interesting subject. It's not as black and white as people might think. I was delighted to be asked to write a piece for young people and am looking forward to seeing how the play is received by audiences.”

Paul James, Associate Director of Education & Participation said:  “When Paddy approached me with a proposal for doing a play regarding children in care for Live's Youth Theatre I was naturally delighted especially following the success of Wet House. Paddy has had a long association with the Youth Theatre but this will be his first full length commission specifically geared towards young people which I am extremely excited to be directing.  Last year we presented an initial script-in-hand performance of Day of The Flymowhich was positively received by audiences and assured us that we had something special on our hands. The piece reflects Paddy's experience of working in care homes and poses some big questions. Don't miss it.”

The separation of young people in care was the subject of a recent report by the Family Rights Agency which reported that 44% of siblings in care were separated in the North East compared to an average of 50.5% in the UK, which the charity suggested could have ‘lifelong consequences’ on the lives of the young people.

Jowheretogo loved Paddy Campbell’s first full length play, Wet House. Read the review here: http://nomorepanicbutton.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/review-wet-house-at-newcastle-live.html. Wet House was the winner of three Journal Culture Awards, and voted one of The Guardian’s Top 10 Plays of 2013 and who said about Paddy ‘All hail a fine new voice’ . After a sell-out run at Live Theatre in 2013, as part of Live Theatre’s 40thanniversary year, Wet House returned to Live Theatre and toured to Hull Truck Theatre and Soho Theatre in 2014.

The logo on the front doors at Live Theatre Photo: S Oliver
Day of the Flymo premieres at Live Theatre, Newcastle from Wednesday 8 to Saturday 11 April 2015. A free Meet the Writer event takes place at 6pm before the performance on Thursday 9 April, in which writer Paddy Campbell and director Paul James will talk about the making of the play. There is also a free Talkback discussion, ten minutes after the end of the play at approximately 9.00pm on Friday 10 April, in which the writer, director, actors from the show and experts talk about the process of bringing the show to the stage and discuss the issues raised in the play.

Tickets & event details:
For more information on Day of The Flymo and to buy tickets costing between £14 to £10, over 60s concessions from £12 to £10 and other concessions £5 call Live Theatre’s box office on (0191) 232 1232 or see www.live.org.uk

Day of The Flymo - What do you do when the state decides it’s going to take over from your Mam? A new play by Award-winning writer, Paddy Campbell (Wet House).
DATES: Wed 8 to Sat 11 Apr, 7.30pm & Sat 11 Apr, 2pm
DURATION:  Approx 1hr 20mins
SUITABILITY: 13+, contains strong language and some scenes of violence
TICKETS: £14-£10, over 60s conc £12-£10, other concs £5
ASSISTED PERFORMANCE:  BSL Sat 11 Apr,
2pm

Thursday 9 April, 6pm
Meet the Writer
Join writer Paddy Campbell and director Paul James as they talk about the show. Discover more about Paddy’s approach to writing a play and some of the challenges he faced.
DATES: Thurs 9 Apr, 6pm
DURATION:  Approx. 40mins
SUITABILITY: 13+
TICKETS:Free, booking essential
Friday 10 April, Approx 9.00pm (10 minutes after the end of the play)
Talkback
Join writer Paddy Campbell, director Paul James, actors from the show and experts as they talk about the process of bringing the show to the stage and discuss the issues raised in the play.
DATES: Fri 10 Apr,
9.00pm (10 minutes after the end of the play)
DURATION:  Approx. 40mins
SUITABILITY: 13+
TICKETS:
Free, booking essential

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