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Live Theatre offers annual bursaries of £2000 to support innovative approaches to text-based theatre making, for outstanding, imaginative, theatrical ideas which say something new and unexpected.

Bursary winners receive dramaturgical and producing support, space for R&D and rehearsals, and the opportunity to have their work performed at Live Theatre, often as part of Elevator Festival. Bursary winners are selected through an open call out launched in spring each year.

Bursary winners for 2018 are:
Matthew Greenhough for It'll be Alt-Right On the Night
Adam Hughes for West End Girls
Charlotte Josephine for Pops
Ashleigh Nugent for Locks
Cameron Sharp & Jake Jarrett (Production title TBC)

Matthew Greenhough

Matt Greenhough is an award-winning theatre maker, actor, playwright and comedian from Sheffield. He trained as an actor at Northumbria University graduating in 2013 with First Class Honors. While studying, as well as working front of house at Live, he was part of the team that was awarded first prize at the Dioiz International Theatre Festival in Croatia for a devised piece: In Our Hands.

He is the creative director of Wound Up Theatre, formed in Newcastle in 2013, now based between London and the North. Wound Up's latest production was a restaging of their 2015 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award listed show: Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy. The show, which Matthew wrote and performed was 'highly commended' during its sell out critically acclaimed run at the VAULT Festival 2018, before transferring to The Pleasance Theatre, Islington for a three weeks to open their new 'Pleasance Downstairs' space. Bismillah! is enjoying a national tour in the Autumn.

Adam Hughes

Adam is Playwright-on-Attachment at the Finborough Theatre and a FUSE Playwright at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. He is a past recipient of the OffWestEnd Adopt a Playwright Award and was recently invited onto the BBC WritersRoom Shadow Scheme. Previous credits include Beeston (Finborough Theatre), Young Girl (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Login Error (Southwark Playhouse) and Marching On Together (Old Red Lion Theatre).

Charlotte Josephine

Charlotte Josephine is an actress and writer. Graduate of the Contemporary Theatre Course, East 15 Acting School, she’s co-artistic director of Snuff Box Theatre. Charlotte wrote and performed Bitch Boxer, which won the Soho Theatre Young Writers Award 2012, the Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Season 2012 and the Holden Street Theatres Award 2013. Her latest play Blush sold out at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016, winning a Stage Edinburgh Award. She is currently under commission at BBC Films and playing Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at the RSC. 

Ashleigh Nugent

Much of Ash Nugent’s work as is inspired by his own journey, including a past criminal lifestyle. Locks Live tells the story of the time he spent his seventeenth birthday in a Jamaican prison. Locks, the memoir, won the 2013 Commonword Memoir Competition and reached the final of Writing on the Wall’s 2014 Pulp Idol competition. Locks Live has won financial and developmental support from SLATE / Eclipse Theatre and a development bursary from Live Theatre, Newcastle. Ash has a 1st class degree in English Literature and has had articles published in magazines and an academic journal. He is also a director at RiseUp CiC, where he works to support prisoners and inspire change.

Cameron Sharp & Jake Jarrett

Cameron Sharp
Cameron is a North East based queer performance artist, theatre maker, and co-founder of theatre company Bonnie and The Bonnettes with works such as “Drag Me to Love”, touring into Autumn 2018, and “And She” with development on the show beginning in August 2018. His work is largely influenced by storytelling, identities, gender, sexuality, and all things that sparkle.

Jake Jarratt
Jake is a theatre maker based in the North East of England. He creates performative work that engages audiences in themes that explore identity and community structures. Coming from a working-class background, Jake seeks to incorporate this into his work to engage a variation of audiences.

After both studying on the MA Theatre and Performance degree at Northumbria University, this is the first show the duo have worked on together. With this project, supported by Live Theatre, they want to question how do two young men from similar working class communities end up as two different people? Are they that different? They want to explore how they have come to be the people they are today, and how their different journeys have respectively bought them to this one space in time. Dads, school, sport, dance, music, films, and porn. From being masculine, to being feminine, to being a bit of both. What was dismissed and when did they know when to dismiss it? What was taken forward and how does it impact them now?

Previous winners

Previous bursary winners include fanSHEN, which developed Lists For The End Of The World, presented at Elevator Festival 2016 and performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017; Alistair McDowell for Captain Amazing and Alison Carr for The Soaking of Vera Shrimp both of which were developed into full length plays and presented at Live Theatre.

The next callout will be Spring 2019.

Winning the Live Theatre Bursary helped us make a show we’re now very proud of. Presenting our work to audiences, next to other exciting companies, really helped us develop what we were trying to do - that’s what every artist needs!” 

Rachel Briscoe, fanSHEN, bursary winners 2016

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