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Jointly curated by the Live Theatre and The Empty Space, Scratch Night has been letting some of the best rising stars of the production world air their works-in-progress to the public and gain valuable feedback on the performances from the audience. The scheme is now in its fourth year and has already produced renowned works by Alistair McDowall, Alison Carr and Kieran Hurley, so the only real question is: what will be the next breakout production from Scratch Night?

On the bill this time round is Rachel Mars’ new work Our Carnal Hearts, a wonderful celebration of envy and a toast to our bitter, more competitive selves. Rather than being a send-up of envy though, the performance claims that we need it, and that we should cherish it for all it’s worth. In short, envy makes us better people.  Annie Siddons and Richard deDomenici are presenting How (Not) To Live In Suburbia, which combines live performance with films and art to present to the audience the ill-fated time that Siddons herself tried to fit in with the suburban lifestyle. It’s perfect for anyone who has struggled to find their place in a certain environment. Rounding off the night is Stevie Ronnie’s Arctica, directed by Melanie Rashbrooke. A one-man show, Arctica explores Ronnie’s trip to the High Arctic as part of an artists’ residency programme in July 2013. Exploring the themes of climate change, death, light and dark, it charts Ronnie’s acceptance of his father’s cancer diagnosis through his epic journey across the Arctic.

Scratch Night takes place at the Live Theatre, Newcastle on Thursday 21st May.

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