From Wednesday 6th to Saturday 30th April, Newcastle playwright Alison Carr brings her heady world of caustic humour and tender pathos to Live Theatre for the world premiere of Iris. Directed by Live Theatre’s Artistic Director Max Roberts, Iris is Alison’s first full-length play to be presented on Live Theatre’s main stage.
When their mother’s unusual bequest unearths a story that leaves some indelible marks, something more than a deep clean is needed.
As Live Theatre’s Literary Manager Gez Casey explains:
Iris was first seen at Live Theatre as a play called The Day We Rode the Shuggy Boat when a short extract was presented at the theatre in 2012.
Notably in 2013, Alison won Live Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Bursary for her heart-warming one woman show The Soaking of Vera Shrimp. The show was described by The Telegraph as ‘achingly beautiful and utterly compelling’ when it later toured to the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Iris is the third production supported by the Friends of Live Theatre. The Friends membership scheme enables individuals who are passionate about Live Theatre’s work to make a tangible difference and get closer to work the company produces. Through regular financial contributions Friends play a pivotal role in unlocking creative talent and supporting emerging playwrights such as Alison Carr.
On Saturday 9 April audiences can join Alison, following the 2pm matinee performance, for the Meet the Writer event where she’ll discuss the making of the play.
Tickets for Iris cost £22-£10 full price, £22-£12 over 60s and £15-£6 for other concessions. For more information or to book tickets visit www.live.org.uk or contact the box office on (0191) 232 1232.