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The Bounds


The year is 1553, the true Golden Age of English football. It’s the Allen Valley Whitsun Game, and men will die today.

Live Theatre’s new season kicks off with a belter of ancient proportions! 

This is is the big one, and it’s been raging for hours.

Percy and Ro are stuck on the boundaries, again, on a pitch that stretches as far as the eye can see. Something’s different this year, something’s on the change. The ground is frozen hard as Weardale granite, men in black cloaks beat the bounds with willow branches, and a strange light is burning in the sky.

Northumberland writer Stewart Pringle makes his Live Theatre debut with this astonishing new peat black comedy of rural divides, extreme village sport and the boundaries that mark out our lives.

James Green will perform at Live Theatre on the following dates:

Thur 16 May, Sat 18 May - 2pm, Tue 21 May, Thur 23 May - 2pm, Fri 24 May, Sat 25 May - 7.30pm, Wed 29 May, Thur 30 May - 7.30pm, Sat 1 June - 2pm, Sun 2 June - 2pm, Wed 5 June - 7.30pm, Thur 6 June - 7.30pm, Sat 8 June - 2pm

Nathaniel Campbell-Goodwin will perform at Live Theatre on the following dates:

Fri 17 May, Sat 18 May - 7.30pm, Wed 22 May, Thur 23 May - 7.30pm, Sat 25 May - 2pm, Sun 26 May - 2pm, Tue 28 May, Thur 30 May - 2pm, Fri 31 May, Sat 1 June - 7.30pm, Tue 4 June, Thur 6 June - 2pm, Fri 7 June, Sat 8 June - 7.30pm,  


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  • The Bounds
  • Saint Maud
  • Champion

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⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'Twisty, clever delight...Vivid writing and strong performances make this darkly comic play shine'

'The writer's use of language draws the audience in...You won't regret joining them on this journey through mud, through laughter and through the darkness.'

'Love for family and friends, loyalty and betrayal, and tests of character are at the heart of the play, bringing real sadness and empathy, as well as the laughs thanks to the brilliant performances'
Cultured North East for The QT

'Stewart Pringle’s play unfolds with wit and abrasive lyricism'
The Guardian

'Make sure to witness this one-of-a-kind tale'
The Crack

'Go and see this absorbing, inspirational play that football inspired. Boundless food for thought.'
British Theatre Guide

Audience Reaction


Soroosh Lavasani

Soroosh Lavasani

Soroosh Lavasani graduated London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) just a few years ago and since he has had the pleasure of working in a variety of incredible theatre shows, Film/tv and Video Games. UK tours such as 'The Kite Runner' and 'Peter Pan Goes Wrong'. As well as great northern based theatre such as 'Our Laygate' at the Customs House Theatre. He's also thoroughly enjoyed his screen work in 'Halbschatten' premiering at the Berlinale Film Festival and soon to be appearing in Amazon Prime and Blumhouses feature film 'House Of Spoils'. Video Game characters including 'Final Fantasy XVI' etc. Though he has performed a couple of readings for Live Theatre Newcastle in the past ('The Filletting app', 'Snookered') this will be his first play with the theatre. As well as his first play with The Royal Court. He would like to express his joy and love for both magical homes of storytelling.

Portrait photograph of Lauren Waine

Lauren Waine

Lauren is an actor/facilitator from the North East with a wealth of experience in stage, screen and voiceover.
Training: LIPA & NYT
Theatre Credits include: 'Hey Diddle Diddle' (Kitchen Zoo); 'No 9' (Northern Stage/Alphabetti Theatre); 'The Secret Garden' (Tour); 'Wor Bella' (NE Tour); 'The Snow Queen'; 'The War of The Worlds' (Northern Stage); 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (Hangfire Theatre); 'Skellig' (Nottingham Playhouse); 'Wormtown' (The Customs House/Alphabetti); 'Faustus' (The Globe, Sam Wanamaker Festival); 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Robinson Crusoe', 'Snow White', 'Robin Hood' (Durham Gala); 'Pericles' (Brighton Open Air Theatre).
TV/ Radio: 'The World’s Worst Dinner Party' (Channel4); 'The Dumping Ground' (CBBC); 'Vera' (ITV); 'The Infirmary' (Amazon/Audible).
Other: 'Hylton, We Have a Problem' (Tiny Dragon Productions)

Portrait photograph of Ryan Nolan

Ryan Nolan

Ryan is a native Geordie, who trained with Project A in Newcastle.
Ryan was most recently seen in a brand new series for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, co-created by Bafta Award-winning writers Paul Coleman and Sian Gibson, 'THE POWER OF PARKER'. Ryan plays the role of Liam.
He played ‘Alfie’ in the one man show 'FATHER UNKNOWN', at Gala Durham and Northern Stage.
Prior to this he finished a run at Live Theatre Newcastle in 'ONE OFF', playing the role of Brown.
Ryan played the role of Richard in Starz’s 'BECOMING ELIZABETH', alongside a stellar cast including Bella Ramsey, Tom Cullen and Alicia von Rittberg.
Ryan performed in the 35th anniversary production of 'ROAD' at Northern Stage playing the role of Skin-Lad/Curt. This was directed by the newly appointed AD of the theatre, Natalie Ibu. Prior to this, Ryan filmed the role of ‘Bixler’ on 'MASTERS OF THE AIR' for Apple TV.
Ryan made his feature film debut as Private Malky in Sam Mendes' award winning '1917' (Dreamworks). Other film credits include; 'HOW TO BUILD A GIRL' (Film 4).
TV credits include; 'THE LEFT BEHIND', which won a BAFTA for Best Single Drama & 'CASUALTY' (BBC).

Nathaniel Campbell-Goodwin

Nathaniel is in year 5 at middle school and lives in Newcastle with his parents and big sister. He loves attending SA Youth Academy at weekends. He also enjoys playing football and rugby, and has recently begun learning to play Samba drums. He has been a supporting artist in the TV series 'The Red King' and the film 'A Mother for an Hour'. Nathaniel is thrilled to be making his professional debut in 'The Bounds' at Live Theatre.

James Green

James is currently a Year 5 pupil in a primary school in Gateshead. After being invited on stage from the audience during a pantomime as a very young boy, his love for performing grew. As part of Nice Swan Academy, he attends weekly singing lessons and, during the weekends, performing arts classes. He is learning the violin and enjoys singing. While James has performed in shows with his academy and in school, he is extremely proud to have secured his first professional role at Live Theatre in 'The Bounds'.

The Bounds

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


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