Preview: Elevator Festival at Newcastle’s Live Theatre
Six new plays, 10 days, 5 discussions with 12 leading theatre professionals make this year’s Elevator Festival the biggest yet!
Newcastle’s Live Theatre
Thursday 21st to Saturday 30th March 2019
Alt-Right on the Night written and performed by Matthew Greenhough explores friendship and disenfranchisement in modern Britain, with a punk rock sound track. Matthew trained as an actor at Northumbria University (and whilst studying worked on the bar at Live Theatre). His play Bismillah! – a play exploring radicalism with a Queen soundtrack played to a packed studio theatre when it came to Live Theatre last year.
West End Girls follows three different women’s stories across three housing estates and three moments in time, and was inspired by writer Adam Hughes’ research into local history in Newcastle. Adam is an Offie Award winning playwright who is linked to
Pops by Charlotte Josephine looks at the relationship between a father and daughter and their attempts to honestly connect. Josephine wrote
The Devil Danced in our Eyes by Jonluke McKie explores sexuality, mental health and the mother-son relationship through storytelling, sound and music. The play was in last year’s Elevator Scratch Night as Preconceived, and has been supported by Live Theatre into a longer show for this year’s Elevator Festival.
Accompanying the plays are a series of workshops and masterclasses in which leading theatre professionals share their insight into making new work. Talks include Working Class Representation on the Stage with
Live Theatre has also launched it’s call out for its 2019 Bursary offering £2,000, support and space to develop innovative new theatre for next year’s Elevator Festival. See www.live.org.uk/bursary for details.
As well as the companies performing in this year’s Elevator Festival, previous Live Theatre Bursary winners
Tickets for plays in Elevator Festival cost between £8 and £10, with concessions £8 and £6. Discussions are £3. Live Theatre has extended availability of its concession priced tickets to include all young people aged 25 and under, proof of age is needed when booking or collecting tickets.