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Live Writes

“A North East that writes its own story and fights for a more creative future” - Live Theatre vision


What is Live Writes? it’s a Scratch Night, with a twist.

Live Theatre’s brand new writing showcase and development event with all creative positions filled from Open Calls for North East based Writers, Directors and Actors. A whole host of opportunities for theatre creatives of all experiences to flourish in a safe and supportive space, with live feedback, networking and championing of the amazing artists of our region.

Live Writes is all about the words on the page, for writers to experience their work in progress up on its feet and have a panel of theatre experts share their thoughts to help develop their script and future craft going forwards.

Each Live Writes event will see a handful of writers chosen from an open submission window to have their work performed in a scratch setting in our main theatre space in front of a panel of industry experts and a full house audience. Rehearsals, tech and performances all happen over one wild day, with no set and minimal props and tech.

Directors and Actors for each piece will also be selected from open windows, getting to choose which script they would like to be considered for from the synopses and character breakdowns of the four pieces.

Not only that, our open calls take place 4 times a year, and are only open to artists based in the North East.

These are all paid opportunities with every creative receiving the same day fee of £150. For writers, this is intended as a rights fee to perform your work and not a commission fee.

We can’t wait to see your creativity hit our stage!



by Bethany Mullen 

Sophie has stolen a baby. She doesn’t even want a baby but she knows that this baby deserves a good life and a good mother that doesn’t chain smoke tabs and drink voddy-cokes. So Sophie steals Clementine away to provide her idealization of caregiving, that she herself consistently falls short of. A comedy and a love letter to all those grieving deaths so painful they upend our worlds. Clementine is an exploration of infant death, working class on working class judgement and the strange things that grief makes us do. 


The Interview 

by Tilottama Chowdhury 

Amir attends a job interview. The issue? The interviewer is his ex-wife. As the interview progresses and the seat of power shifts back and forth, they delve into the reasons and circumstances behind their divorce. The play explores both comedic and tragic elements behind a failed marriage. 


Last Shot 

by Sam Honour 

It's Gateshead. It's the zombie apocalypse. And Dina and Jen find themselves in a tight spot. The undead are clamouring at the door, desperate to use their brains as a buffet and they have no way out. They don't have long to make the most difficult decision of their lives. All because of a Kinder Surprise.  


The Games We Play  

by Kieron Stanners 

Alone in an unfamiliar place and without a job, Nathan worries about what to do with himself and his life, until he receives a call from his old school friend - Omar. Sometimes a hard reset, a fist full of dice and tabletop roleplay games is all you need to discover your crowd and find yourself again.  

The Games We Play is a story about the connections we yearn for in life and finding hope when we need it most.  

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Live Writes

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


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