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Summer AIR 2023

Summer AIR (Artists in Residence) 2023


Over 2 weeks we will be offering a choice of 3 different workshops that have been chosen based on feedback given by the young people that we work with at Live Theatre! Each of the workshops will be ran by one of our industry professionals and will give the participants a chance to explore a certain area of the arts in more depth outside of our regular Youth Theatre sessions, whilst learning new skills & honing existing ones along the way!  

Summer AIR workshops & events are FREE for any young person age 10-25 years old

Spaces for each of the workshops are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

 If you have any queries regarding anything to do with Summer AIR at Live Theatre then please contact us on 

Below is the list of workshops that will make up this year's Summer AIR Programme. 

(*Please note that the workshops in Week 2 will be happening simultaneously so you will need to chose one or the other for that week) 


Week 1 – Mon 24 Jul – Fri 28 Jul, 10am - 3pm

Play in a Week with Jonluke Mckie - FULLY BOOKED
Participants will work together as an ensemble, in order to create a short play around a theme of their choosing that will be performed in an informal show back at the end of the week. Those taking part can expect a fun filled week packed full of drama games and exercises that are designed to help build confidence and skills around creating and performing theatre. 

About Jonluke - Jonluke is a valued member of Live Theatre's freelance facilitation team and a respected theatre maker in the region. He has directed for our main stage many times over the last decade both with youth theatre and as part of the 10 Minute’s To programme and Your Voice North East. As a facilitator Jonluke specialises in work with children and young people, collaborating with organisations including Live Youth Theatre, Northern Stage Young Company, Seven Stories Centre for Children’s Books, St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice, North Tyneside Young Carers and Northumbria University. We were delighted to welcome Jonluke’s show The Devil Danced in Our Eyes to Live Theatre earlier this year. 


Week 2 Mon 31 Jul – Fri 4 Aug, 10am - 3pm

Playwriting with Nina Berry - FULLY BOOKED
Those taking part will have the opportunity to explore and discuss existing text as well as taking part in a number of writing exercises designed free up the imagination and get those creative juices flowing! There will be opportunities to work both collaboratively and individually as participants  work alongside playwright Nina Berry in order to produce their own short monologues or duologues that will be performed by actors in an informal show back at the end of the week. 

About Nina - Nina Berry is a playwright. In 2016 her debut play The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes at Live Theatre received critical acclaim, including a 5* Guardian review and returned the following year in 2017 for a second sell-out run. Nina last worked with Live’s Youth Theatre as one of our guest writers in the 24/7 Theatre Challenge as part of Live’s 40th Birthday celebrations. Nina has also written extensively for The Six Twenty (Mixtape, Fans) and Live Theatre. (X-Scape, The Flight, Words With Love). Other theatre credits include The Home Conjecture (Paines Plough & Theatre by the Lake) and WINGS (Theatre by the Lake). Recently Nina returned to Live Theatre with a reading of her stage adaptation of Julia Darling’s novel The Taxi Driver’s Daughter

Sketch Comedy with Jackie Edwards & Lydia Brickland (Your Aunt Fanny) - FULLY BOOKED
First Launched in 2013 by Live’s Youth Theatre, sketch comedy group Your Aunt Fanny are back in the building to pass their Sketch comedy skills on to a brand-new generation! Group members Jackie & Lydia will be working with participants to create their own hilarious short comedy sketches that will be performed in an informal show back at the end of the week.  

Current Youth Theatre Members will have priority booking for one week before we open up bookings to the general public from Fri 9 Jun, so book now to avoid disappointment!

To register click on the click and complete the booking form: Summer Air Registration Form 

If you have any questions or would like to know a little bit more about Summer AIR at Live Theatre or be added to a waiting list for fully booked options please get in touch by emailing or calling us on (0191) 229 2371.

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


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