The cast for the world premiere of Iris at Live Theatre, Newcastle have been confirmed and start rehearsals today at the Quayside based theatre. Katy Cavanagh who played Julie Carp, a regular in Coronation Street between 2009 and 2015 stars as Julie, the central character who returns home after living away. Katy, who was born in Whitley Bay, returns to the region making her first appearance at Live Theatre, in this play set in a north eastern coastal town, very similar to Whitley Bay.
Iris cast L-R Joe Caffrey, Samantha Neale,
Katy Cavanagh with writer Alison Carr
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.
Since then Alison has gone on to write numerous plays for Live Theatre including Come to Where I’m From (Paines Plough), The Girls From Poppyfield Close, When It’s Gone (part of nabakov’s Present:Tense) and Ten Tiny Tyneside Plays. Alison has also worked with Live Theatre’s Education and Participation team as a dramaturg for their Write Stuffprogramme, which works with young people still in education to develop their writing and literacy skills.
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. Friends have special access to exclusive behind-the-scenes events which this year include a series of play-development events around Irisfollowing the play from script to stage. On Wednesday 6 April and Saturday 9 April Friends of Live Theatre can benefit from an offer for two tickets for the price of one to see the show.
On Saturday 9 April audiences can join writer Alison Carr, following the2pm matinee performance, for a free Meet the Writer event where she will 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.