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Newcastle Live Theatre
Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th December 2015
The plays written by students from Furrowfield School in Gateshead are Doctor Deathby Lee Harrison, Soulless and Goalless by Leonnie Lartey andScary House by Reece Weightman. The plays written by students from Red House Academy in Sunderland are Could It Be A Tuna?by Nathan Beckett, Memories Of The Sea by Amy Connor, andNever Never Land by Lauren Dickson.
Drama workers from Live Theatre visited Furrowfield School and Red House Academy over a series of weeks to deliver workshops covering everything from imagination and improvisation to plot development and how to structure a play. Three pupils from each school were given the opportunity to attend a residency weekend at Live Theatre, where they were supported by professional dramaturgs to produce their short plays.
Following a sold-out script-in-hand performances in Live Theatre’s Studio Theatre earlier this year, these six selected plays have been further developed and rehearsed with professional actors and directors for full productions in the Main Theatre.
Audience members from the script-in-hand performances earlier this year said: “A fantastic evening. The writing and performances were breath-taking. More of this please!’
‘Inspirational and hard hitting. A great opportunity for the young people’.
Rehearsals for Turning Pages start next week and the cast of professional actors includes: Natalie Jamieson (Michaela’s Mistake), Chris Connel (Wet House), Christina Berriman Dawson (The Bodies), Judi Earl (A Nightingale Sang in Eldon Square), Adam Donaldson (Between the Lines) and Donald McBride (Chalet Lines).
Paul James, Associate Director of Education & Participation at Live Theatre said: “Turning Pages features a selection of the best short plays that have come through Live Theatre’s flagship writing programme for young people Write Stuff. Performed by a cast of professional actors in the Main Theatre, Turning Pages promises to be an absolutely unmissable event.’
Turning Pages is at Live Theatre, Newcastle from Thursday 3rd– Saturday 5th December 2015. Tickets cost £8 with £6 concessions and are available from Live Theatre’s box office on (0191) 232 1232 or online at www.live.org.uk