Live Lab Elevator: Writing Political Theatre

Panel Discussion

Writing Political Theatre - Free Panel Discussion

Britain has a rich tradition of political playwriting. An industry panel including Live Theatre’s Literary Manager Gez Casey and Artistic Director Max Roberts along with our current writer in residence with Northumbria University, Lindsay Rodden and writers Vinay Patel and Zoe Cooper will discuss how to theatrically capture political debate in a chaotic, media driven, post-truth 21st century. Followed by a Q&A session.


Vinay Patel - Writer

Vinay studied for an MA in Writing for Stage & Broadcast Media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with distinction in late 2011. Since then, he has won competitions run by Ideastap, the BBC, the National Youth Theatre, Shine Drama, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre and was selected for the Channel4 Screenwriting Course and Broadcast Magazine's Hotshots 2015.

Zoe Cooper - Writer

Zoe trained as a playwright on the Royal Court Young Writer's Programme, and has since had work developed or produced with Shakespeare's Globe, New Writing North, Durham Book Festival, The Sage, Li

Max Roberts - Director

Max is the Artistic Director and a founding member of Live Theatre. Over the years Max has worked with some of the country’s finest playwrights, all with strong connections to the North East region including C.P. Taylor, Tom Hadaway, Alan Plater, Phil Woods, Julia Darling, Pater Straughan, Lee Hall, Michael Chaplin, Sean O'Brien, Paddy Campbell, David Almond and of course Shelagh Stephenson.

Lindsay Rodden - Writer in Residence

Lindsay Rodden, former Literary Associate at Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, is Live Theatre and Northumbria University's current Writer in Residence.