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From Thursday 7th-Saturday 23rd October, a double-bill of productions at Live Theatre (originally slated for a 2020 airing) will put the spotlight on growing up in County Durham, both tackling concepts of place and identity.

In Braids, longlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award 2018 for best new play by a Black British playwright of Caribbean or African descent, writer Olivia Hannah and director Kemi-Bo Jacobs introduce us to Abeni and Jasmine, as the former weaves purple braids into the latter’s hair. She’s given ‘the talk’, which opens Jasmine’s mind to other perspectives and ways of seeing the world around her. Crucially, she’s also opened to the ways in which the outside world might see them, tackling the issue of trying to fit in while also standing out.

In the second work, Cheer Up Slug, we’re transported to a tent in County Durham, the location of part of Will and Bean’s Duke of Edinburgh trip. There, the friends realise that their childhoods are behind them, a fact that complicates their adventure in ways they couldn’t have imagined. Writer Tamsin Daisy Rees imbues their story with an examination of behaviour and boundaries both personal and geographical.

The productions both serve as a riveting exploration of identity and place, from some of the region’s most exciting emerging creatives.

Braids and Cheer Up Slug are at Live Theatre, Newcastle from Thursday 7th-Saturday 23rd October

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