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Live Youth Theatre investigate food poverty in new show Fed Up!

Members of Live Youth Theatre have created a truly powerful and imaginative new show Fed Up! which runs from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April 2024 at the Newcastle Quayside venue.

Food is at the heart (and the belly) of every culture. It is something we all have in common. We need it to live but how else does it affect our lives? Our emotions? Our bodies? And what happens if you don’t get it?

Using research, testimony, and their own words, the talented group of 16 young people from Live Youth Theatre have taken a deep dive into food poverty and created an original theatre show that investigates how hunger affects children and young people in the North East.

Live Theatre take young voices very seriously and are thrilled to present this activist piece devised and delivered by the young people themselves. This exciting and thought provoking show puts young talent centre-stage. Fed Up! is also going on tour with performances at Newcastle United Foundation on Thursday 25 April and at Newcastle Cathedral on Thursday 23 May 2024.

Working with some of the most exciting theatre makers in the region, Live Youth Theatre meet weekly to develop their skills in stage craft and create and perform unique plays that reflect their views, thoughts and opinions.

Paul James, Senior Creative Associate for Children and Young People at Live Theatre said: “Fed Up! started as a 10 minute piece in 2019 when the world was a very different place: pre-Covid, pre-cost of living crisis and pre-spiralling inflation. This new updated and extended version uses the words of the young cast to highlight the devastating affect that food poverty is having on families, children and young people in our region and beyond. The piece pokes fun at politicians and their failure to come up with a solution to the problem. We are delighted that Fed U!p will be performed at local venues and at the InterTWINed Youth Theatre festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Fed Up! is suitable for audiences aged 10 and above with tickets priced at just £10 with concessions £6. There’s also an opportunity to join in the debate on food poverty with a panel discussion following the 7pm show on Friday 12 April.

To find out more about Live Youth Theatre, the largest youth theatre in the North East, Fed Up! or to bag your tickets go to

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund


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