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Live Theatre

Live Theatre is recognised as one of the great new writing theatres on the international stage. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne it is also deeply rooted in its local community.

Founded in 1973, the theatre was transformed in 2007.  The result is a beautifully restored and refurbished complex of five Grade II listed buildings with state-of-the-art facilities in a unique historical setting, including a cabaret style theatre, a studio theatre, renovated rehearsal rooms, a series of dedicated writer’s rooms as well as a thriving café and bar.

Live Theatre produces work as varied and diverse as the audiences it engages with. As well as championing the art of writing for stage by producing and presenting new plays, Live Theatre uses theatre to unlock the potential of young people and finds, nurtures and trains creative talent. Through its creative enterprises Live Theatre develops new models of business sustainability and growth.   New development Live Works joins The Broad Chare pub, online playwriting course and The Schoolhouse (an office space for creative and digital businesses), as one of Live Theatre’s capital and digital creative enterprises, increasing its future income through additional new unrestricted funds.

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Our partnership is developing new approaches that connect the University with professional theatre practitioners. We have worked together to create a three year collaborative writer residency programme (2015-2018). Our inaugural writer in residence Paddy Campbell is working alongside communities from Live Theatre and Northumbria University to develop practice, supporting creative experimentation and developing new approaches to research, teaching and learning, and engagement with theatre audiences and participants. We currently have a call out for the second annual writer in residence to start in autumn 2016 (link to callout) Through our partnership with Live Theatre, students benefit from opportunities to work with a range of theatre professionals including directors, production and technical staff, developing new creative work and feeding into education programmes. 

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