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Preview: Clear White Light at Newcastle Live Theatre
Cast confirmed for return of Clear
Clear White Light
Newcastle Live Theatre
Thursday 19 September - Saturday 12 October 2019
Clear White Light, a modern Gothic story set at St.
Nicholas’ hospital in Gosforth, featuring the songs of Lindisfarne,
which was a sell out hit when it premiered at Live Theatre last year, returns
to the Quayside based theatre from Thursday 19 September to Saturday 12
Original cast membersCharlie Hardwick, Joe Caffrey, Ray Laidlaw,
Billy Mitchell, Phil Adèle, Alice Blundell and Dale Jewitt all reprise their
roles in the hit show. Elizabeth Carter joins this year’s cast to take on the
role of Alison.
The playfollows Alison, a student mental health nurse, on her
first night shift on an all-male, locked ward. As she joins Rod’s hard pressed
nursing team and the patients that they are there to look after, it becomes a
night shift to remember.
Set in the atmospheric surroundings of St. Nicholas’ Hospital in
Gosforth, the play features the songs of Alan Hull of Lindisfarne –
some of which were written at St. Nick’s when Alan was working as a nurse
there. The music is played and sung live by the actors, including former
members of Lindisfarne, Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell, and
includes many of the band’s iconic hits including Winter Song, Lady
Eleanor and Clear White Light.
Elizabeth Carter who joins the cast as Alison, previously appeared at
Live Theatre ten years ago in The Moonlight Gem, and Garden of Dreams,
a production for young people.
Elizabeth explains“Growing up in the North East, Live Theatre was where I would watch,
study and be hugely inspired by new plays. I’ve always been passionate
about the development of new writing in the North East and it is an honour to
be invited back here, to perform in Clear White Light. It’s been 10 years
since I last performed at Live Theatre and I am so excited to be returning home
to this beautiful venue, to work with such a brilliant team and be part of such
a fantastic show. It really is an honour and I can’t wait!”
Clear White Light is a modern interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s
short story The Fall of the House of Usher. First produced in 2018
to critical acclaim it was the first play at Live Theatre to be directed by its
new Artistic Director, Joe Douglas with former Artistic Director Max Roberts
and Joe working closely together to bring the play to life.
Artistic Director Joe Douglas
Artistic Director Joe Douglas is enthusiastic about the production’s
return.“I can’t wait to get back to work on
Clear White Light, to hear the music performed live again and get back into the
rehearsal room. Returning to a play is like meeting an old pal - you’ve both
changed but you quickly remember why you liked each other in the first place.
We might change a few aspects of the production and we’ll make sure the
audience enjoy the show as much - or even more - than last year.”
Charlie Hardwick added"Clear White
Light was so brilliant last year, I'm utterly delighted to get the chance to do
it all again. So all of you who were gutted you couldn't see it last
time because it sold out, get your tickets booked tout-de-suite!"
Original Lindisfarne member Ray Laidlaw who is musical director and
performer inClear White Light said: "Being involved with Live
Theatre’s production of Clear White Light last year was a high point in my
musical life. Placing those great songs in a context inspired by Alan Hull’s
formative years gave the compositions an added dimension and the reaction from
the audiences was unforgettable. Getting the opportunity to do it again in 2019
is an unexpected bonus and I’m really looking forward to it. In addition,
Billy Mitchell and I are bringing our two-man show The Lindisfarne Storyto
Live Theatre’s intimate space for a couple of exclusive performances. What a
A number of related events take place at Live Theatre linked to the show. Two
exclusive performances of The Lindisfarne Story, a joyful, funny and emotional
celebration of the band, take place on the Clear White Light stage, at 8pm on Sunday 29
September & Sunday 6 October (following 4pm Sunday matinees). Original
Lindisfarne members Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell share personal stories, rare
video, unseen photographs and acoustic performances of some of the band’s
In the first of a series of Live Icons Talks, at 4pm on Sunday 22
September, actor Charlie Hardwickjoins Joe Douglas, Live Theatre’s
Artistic Director, to discusses her relationship with Live Theatre and some of
her favourite roles including current hit play Clear White Light, and as
Emmerdale’s Val Pollard.
Free Post Show
Talks include Meet The Creative Team after the 7.30pm show on Wednesday 25
September, Meet the Musical Directors Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell after the
4pm performance on Sunday 29 September and 7.30pm performance
on Tuesday 8 October. In Gothic Echoes, after the 7.30pm show on Thursday 26
September, Dr Melanie Waters, Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary
Literature, Northumbria University, looks at Gothic locations, and themes and
the relationship between music and madness. All talks are free for ticket
holders for that performance and will be recorded and available to listen again
Clear White Light is at Live Theatre from Thursday 19 September to
Saturday 12 October. For more information or to book tickets which are
between £12 and £26, and concessions from £10 call Live Theatre’s Box Office on
(0191) 232 1232 or see www.live.org.uk.