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We Went to the Edinburgh Fringe So You Don’t Have to…

"We've hand picked a selection some of the best Edinburgh Fringe hit show to bring to Newcastle for Live Theatre audiences. Coming to us direct from the Edinburgh Festival, we kick off with the smash-hit What Girls Are Made Of by Cora Bissett. A mixture of rock concert and nearly-pop star’s confessional. Book early for Build A RocketTrojan Horse and It’s True, It’s True, It’s True and The Political History of Smack and Crack all Edinburgh Fringe hits coming to Live Theatre this season - we’ve been to Edinburgh so you don’t have to!"

Joe Douglas, Artistic Director, Live Theatre   

Kicking off our new season we are thrilled to bring you Cora Bissett's hit show, What Girls Are Made Of, coming to Live Theatre from Wed 4 - Fri 6 Sep. This show was such a sell-out success last year, it moved to a venue four times the size this year, and is wowing audiences again at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Charting her true story of touring with Radiohead, partying with Blur and living the dream to epic lows, the show asks what wisdom we should pass to the next generation and which glorious mistakes we should let them make. Performed with a live backing band the show is studded with songs by 90s indie legends and inspirational female artists - from Nirvana to Dolly Parton to Patti Smith. 

   'Life-changing litany of pure joy… Believe the hype.' 
Glasgow Herald

What Girls Are Made of Trailer

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Powerful and uplifting play Build A Rocket was the winner of awards at both the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals. Following the story of a bright 16 year old, pregnant and abandoned facing one of life's great challenges completely alone - can this be the thing that saves her? Build A Rocket comes to Live Theatre's studio from Wed 2 - Sat 5 Oct.

'A proper tour de force from a leading actor' Fest Magazine

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The story of a community torn apart by racial division 'British Values' and the culture of Prevent. Trojan Horse from Lung Theatre (who brough The 56 to Live Theatre previously) follows the real life stories of Muslim teachers and governors who were accused of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools.  It comes to Live Theatre on Tues 15 & Wed 16 Oct.

★ ★ 'Piercing, relevant, terrifying and beautifully told.' WhatsonStage

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The trial that gripped Rome is brought to life, and set in the 21st century in It's True, It's True, It's True, a new play from Breach Theatre, dramatising the seven month trial of Agostino Tessi in 1612 of baroque painter Artemesia Gentilschi. Based on surviving court transcripts it asks how much has changed in the last four centuries. A huge hit at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 the play is also back at the Fringe in 2019, and comes to Live Theatre on Tues 22 & Wed 23 Oct.

★ 'a tremendous three-hander... strong and unyielding, it is as if she is roaring down the ages.' The Guardian

Find out more about It's True, It's True, It's True

The Political History Of Smack And Crack is an angry, funny love song to a lost generation, chronicling the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism. Also a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018, catch it at Live Theatre on Tues 11 & Wed 12 Feb 20.

'A desperate love story is set against a broader picture of government hostility in Ed Edwards’ gritty two-hander' The Guardian

Find out more about The Political History of Smack & Crack
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