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A Live Theatre Production
Written by Paul Sirett
With the songs of Alan Hull of Lindisfarne
Musical Direction and performed live by Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell
Directed by Joe Douglas
Designed by Neil Warmington
Dramaturgy by Max Roberts
Lighting Design by Ali Hunter
Sound Design by Dave Flynn
Starring Charlie Hardwick, Joe Caffrey, Bryony CorriganPhil Adèle, Dale Jewitt and Alice Blundell

A contemporary retelling of a classic gothic story, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, set against a background of cuts to our 70 year old NHS.

Alison is heading to her first shift at St Nicholas’s Hospital in Gosforth. She’s nervous. It’s a night shift on an all-male psychiatric unit and she hasn’t finished her training yet. But Rod, the senior Staff Nurse, seems to know what to do. Take a deep breath...

Inspired by Alan Hull’s time working at St Nick’s the play features many of the hit songs he wrote at that time, including Winter Song, Lady Eleanor and Clear White Light played by a live band. Live Theatre wants to bring this incredible music to a new generation.

Clear White Light is based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story The Fall of the House of Usher and written by Olivier Award nominated writer Paul Sirett.

Clear White Light Trailer

Meet The Musical Directors Ray Laidlaw & Billy Mitchell Post Show Talk

WARNING: Contains some moderate bad language

Meet The Writer Paul Sirett Post Show Talk Audio CONTAINS PLOT SPOILERS

Clear White Light Reviews

★★★★ ‘powerful and quite extraordinary theatre’  The Chronicle

‘fantastical… hits all the right notes’  The Observer

‘a gem’  The Guardian

‘at times truly haunting’  The Times

“During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year...” 


The Fall of The House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe


Charlie Hardwick

Charlie first worked with Live Theatre in 1988 in Hair In The Gate by Michael Chaplin, and has since appeared in over twenty productions including Lee Hall’s Cooking With Elvis, Cabaret, Bandits, Two, Close The Coalhouse Door, Your Home In The West, Buffalo Girls, and lastly, in 2002, Sean O’Brien and Julia Darling’s Double Lives. She is very much looking forward to working back at Live Theatre again.

Charlie is best known for playing the role of Val Pollard in ITV’s Emmerdale for 11 years, during this time she won awards for Best Comedy Performance, Best On-Screen performance, Best Partnership and Best Exit.

Charlie recently played Peggy White in Sting’s musical The Last Ship (UK tour). She has performed in a ream of plays around the country including Lee Hall’s Cooking With Elvis and The Awkward Squad in the West End and Hyem (Theatre 503/Northern Stage).

Her film credits include Purely Belter (FilmFour), Billy Elliot (BBC Films) and The Scar (Amber Films), for which she won best actress at Monte Carlo Film and TV awards. Her TV credits include Byker Grove, Our Friends In The North, EastEnders, Casualty (all BBC), The Royal, See You Friday, and Catherine Cookson’s Tide of Life and Colour Blind (all ITV), Different For Girls (Jackdaw).

Charlie also sings with the Newcastle band of women Kissed.

Joe Caffrey

Joe trained at LAMDA. His theatre credits include The Last Ship (Northern Stage/UK tour), St George and the Dragon (National Theatre), The Girls (West End), Iris (Live Theatre) Light Shining In Buckinghamshire (National Theatre), Cooking with Elvis (Live Theatre/West End/Tour), Wet House (Live Theatre/Soho Theatre), The Pitmen Painters (Live Theatre/National Theatre/West End/Tour), A Walk On Part (Live Theatre/West End), Much Ado About Nothing, The Globe Mysteries, Loves Labours Lost and We the People (Shakespeare’s Globe), Billy Elliot The Musical (West End) and Keepers of the Flame (RSC/Live Theatre).

His television and film credits include Wolfblood, Clay, Doctors, Holby City (BBC), The Bill (ITV), Heartbeat (ITV), Badger (BBC), Spender (BBC), Hetty Wainthrope Investigates (BBC); Attachments (BBC), Byker Grove (BBC), Distant Shores (ITV), Catherine Cookson’s Colour Blind (ITV), Quayside (ITV), Waiters, The Last Musketeer (ITV), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (BBC) and Soldier, Soldier (ITV),
Films include In Fading Light (Amber Films), The One and Only (Assassin Films), Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason (Working Title Films) and Victoria and Abdul (BBC Films).

Bryony Corrigan

Bryony trained at LAMDA and is a member of Mischief Theatre Company.

Bryony recently appeared at Live Theatre in My Romantic History. Her other theatre credits include Mischief Movie Night (Arts Theatre and UK tour), The Play That Goes Wrong (Broadway & West End), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (West End), How I Learned to Drive (Southwark Playhouse) and Lights! Camera! Improvise! (West End, Trafalgar Studios, Arcola Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe).
Her television credits include Good Omens (BBC), A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (BBC), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (BBC), Inspector George Gently (Company Pictures), Holby City (BBC) and Downton Abbey (Carnival) and radio Christmas Goes Wrong (BBC Radio).
She has appeared in short films Tiny Bible, Four-Sight and the video games: Squadron 42 (Cloud Imperium Games) and Dark Souls 3 (Bandai Namco Entertainment).

Phil Adèle

Phil is a Teesside-born, London-based Actor-Musician.
Prior to appearing in Clear White Light, Phil has also appeared in Little Shop Of Horrors (UK Tour), Handbagged (English Theatre, Frankfurt), The Invisible Man (Queen's Theatre Hornchurch), Wind In The Willows (Sixteen Feet Productions), The History Boys (Theatre By The Lake) as well as an episode of Red Dwarf (BBC2), several short films, high profile commercials and other projects.
Phil is excited to be heading back to the North East to work on this exciting new piece and to work with Live Theatre for the first time.

Alice Blundell

Alice trained at ALRA and is co-founder of The Letter Room Theatre Company.
Alice is thrilled to be making her first appearance at Live Theatre in Clear White Light. Her other theatre credits include Alice in Wonderland, James & the Giant Peach, Wizard of Oz, The Christmas Grump and Tallest Tales from the Furthest Forest (Northern Stage), Beyond the End of the Road (November Club), Far From the Madding Crowd (Watermill, Newbury), Treasure Island (Queens Theatre Hornchurch) and No Miracles Here, Five Feet in Front and Bonenkai (The Letter Room)
Alice’s Television credits include Hospital People (Rough Cut TV for BBC) and Inspector George Gently (Company Pictures for BBC).

Dale Jewitt

Dale trained at the University of Northumbria and North at Northern Stage.
He has previously appeared at Live Theatre in 10 Minutes to… Make a Memory. His other theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing (all at Theatre Space North East), Manifesto for a New City and Animal Farm (Northern Stage), Dr Mullins Anatomy of the Theatre Royal and Teacups, Zebra and Dancing Kaisers (November Club), Rainbird and The Dirty Flea-Bitten Scrounging Bastard (Cloud Nine Theatre Company), The Wind Road Boys (Enter CIC), Snow White (Mendes Management) and Puddles Adventure and The Cow Jumped Over the Moon (The Customs House, South Shields).

Clear White Light

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


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