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Thursday 27 October to Thursday 24 November 2011

Live Lab

Experimenting with new work first

Tickets: £6 to £8 Box office: (0191) 232 1232 Book online:

Ticket & Booking Information Book tickets online at Visit Live Theatre’s secure website where it is easy to book tickets online. An average booking will take 5 minutes; tickets can be booked 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tickets can be mailed out, at an extra charge of £1, or can be collected from the box office free of charge, just visit Book by phone or in person Call Live Theatre’s box office on (0191) 232 1232 or to book in person visit the Theatre just off Newcastle’s quayside next to the law courts.

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Box office opening hours Monday to Friday 10am to 5.30pm 10am to 8pm when there is an evening show. Weekend evening show 5 to 8pm Weekend matinee days 12 to 8pm Returns policy If you provide more than 24 hours notice tickets can be exchanged for other performances and events or credit for the full value can be arranged. Group discount Interested in bringing a group along to see an event? Then take advantage of Live Theatre’s great group discount – buy 10 tickets and get one additional ticket free.

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Live Lab Thursday 27 October to Thursday 24 November 2011 Interested in getting exclusive access to some of the best new plays as they are performed for the very first time? Want to have a say in the development of plays as they journey from page to stage? Then don’t miss Live Lab – experimenting with new work first. This season we’ve taken one creative laboratory, added five evenings of experimental style theatre and need you to make up our intimate audience of up to sixty people. We think you’ll agree it’s the perfect recipe for a great night out. So grab a drink, sit back, relax and let your imagination run wild!


Every Tuesday from 1 to 29 November, 6pm

Introduction to Playwriting For writers aged 16 to 25 Are you between 16 and 25 years of age and fancy yourself as the region’s next emerging playwright? Then don’t miss Live Theatre’s popular Introduction to Playwriting course. Through a combination of practical exercises and discussion, participants can discover what makes a great story, how it can be told and what makes a character leap off the page. Whether you’re completely new to writing or just new to writing for the stage, this free course will ignite your passion for playwriting. Places are limited and the deadline for applications is Friday 7 October at 6pm. So if you’re interested in honing your playwriting skills visit for more information.

Thursday 27 & Friday 28 October, 8pm

Short Cuts: The Big Apple This autumn Short Cuts has hopped across the pond to bring you some bite-size plays from New York. In tribute to the city that never sleeps, our theme is APPLE. We’re looking for short and sweet new plays, no more than ten minutes in length, to be performed by four actors. The best entries will be read by our cast on the night. To submit a script for Short Cuts, please visit for full details of how to enter.

DATES: Thurs 27 & Fri 28 Oct 8pm TICKETS: £8; £6 concs LOCATION: Studio Theatre DURATION: Approx 2 hours including interval SUITABILITY: 14+

The deadline for submissions is Monday 3 October.

Online Short Cuts Don’t miss the free online version of Live Theatre’s in house Short Cuts event. This is a great opportunity for aspiring writers to get their work shared online where it can be read by a community of new writing enthusiasts across the UK and beyond. Why not sign up now at Thursday 10 & Friday 11 November, 8pm

The Big Society For those of all political persuasions who are sick of soundbites and p***ed off with politics after the party conference season, Live Theatre brings you The Big Society on a small stage. Some of our most exciting writers will be tackling the key issues of the day: there’ll be a lot of humour, a bit of satire and maybe a little righteous indignation. This is a party conference, with the emphasis on party. Whatever your political persuasion, vote early, vote often, vote Live.

DATES: Thurs 10 & Fri 11 Nov 8pm TICKETS: £8; £6 concs LOCATION: Studio Theatre DURATION: Approx 2 hours including interval SUITABILITY: 16+


Thursday 24 November, 6.30pm

Want to be a playwright?

DATES: Thurs 24 Nov 6.30pm

Join Gez Casey, Live Theatre’s Literary Manager, as he celebrates the first anniversary of Live Theatre’s unique online course If you’d like more information about the course and are interested in joining an online community of aspiring playwrights then this event is for you.

TICKETS: Free, booking essential

Find out more about the five step-by-step modules, each covering different aspects of playwriting, the practical tried and tested exercises students are asked to complete, and exclusive new video clips of great dramatists as they offer the benefits of their experience.


LOCATION: Gallery DURATION: Approx 1 hour

Anyone who attends this event will be eligible to receive an exclusive promotional code offering a discount on the course.

Thursday 24 November, 8pm

Scratch Night Scratch is back and we need YOU. Come and watch snippets of new work by some of the most exciting theatre artists from around the country, including Glasgow based writer and director Kieran Hurley and writer, director and co-artistic director of Greyscale Selma Dimitrijevic, then join us in the bar and tell us what you think. Constructive criticism is welcome and we’ll even buy you a drink to get the conversation going! Previous Scratchers are already going on to great things and we’re thrilled to congratulate Thomas Eccleshare (who appeared in April’s Scratch) who recently won the prestigious Verity Bargate Award for new playwrights.

DATES: Thurs 24 Nov 8pm TICKETS: £8; £6 concs LOCATION: Studio Theatre DURATION: Approx 2 hours including interval SUITABILITY: 16+

Love Live Lab? Then you might like this… Wednesday 19 October & Wednesday 16 November, 8pm Apples & Snakes and ARC present

Amuse Bouche An intimate performance for Live’s Undercroft – three performance poets have been matched and mentored by Apples & Snakes and ARC to produce a brand new show. An hour’s worth of beautiful, moving and surprising spoken words perfectly served to accompany your coffee or glass of dry white. Get the taste of live literature into your day! Catch accomplished singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist Neville Clay and Liverpool born Gem Andrews, famous for her heart-achingly beautiful dark country ballads, as they bring each evening to a close with an intimate set of live music. Wednesday 19 October Michael Hann Aidan Clarke Poetry Jack Wednesday 16 November Sky Hawkins AJ McKenna Degna Stone

DATES: Wed 19 Oct & Wed 16 Nov 8pm TICKETS: Free, booking essential LOCATION: Undercroft DURATION: Approx 1 hour SUITABILITY: 16+

Location & Travel Information Public Transport

Live Theatre is a 10 minute walk from Central Station, Monument and Manors Metro Stations. The QuayLink bus service runs every 10 minutes during the day and every 20 minutes during the evening until midnight providing a safe and easy way of getting to and from the Theatre. Call Traveline on 0871 200 2233 for more travel information.


There is a car park in the Trinity Gardens complex 100 metres from the Theatre, which can be accessed from City Road and Trinity Gardens. This secure car park is open from 7am to midnight and costs 90p per hour and is free after 5pm. There is limited on-street parking on Broad Chare and additional car parks nearby. KEY

Parking QuayLink Stops Metro Station







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Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Quayside Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DQ Admin: (0191) 261 2694 Box office: (0191) 232 1232 Typetalk: 18001 232 1232 Fax: (0191) 232 2224

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