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Live Theatre’s development and support of cutting edge theatre continues to prove fruitful, with their annual Elevator Festival showcasing some of their brightest hopes. Taking place from Saturday 10th until Saturday 17th March, a group of theatre makers who were awarded Live Theatre’s coveted bursary to help develop their work will perform shows for the first time in front of a live audience.

The festival provides an ideal opportunity to see new productions as they’re being shaped, while also getting a sneak peek at some of the brightest writing talent in the region. Stories tackled this year are diverse to say the least, from Christina Dawson and Lee Mattinson’s tale of Rat Boy, the infamous Byker one-man crime wave, to Rebekah Bowsher’s tale of how an accident can change your perception of everything in Spoon Theory (double bill, Tuesday 13th, Friday 16th & Saturday 17th March); there’s a work-in-progress production of Paper. Scissors. Stone by Katie Bonna, which uses glitter-soaked songs to tell interwoven stories of three generations of women (Wednesday 14th March); while Nuclear Future by Gameshow, another work-in-progress, attempts to look at nuclear weapons in a new light (Friday 16th & Saturday 17th March).

The Elevator Scratch Night (Thursday 15th March) provides an ideal opportunity to see work being shaped. Shine is a semi-autobiographical story from I, Daniel Blake Star Kema Sikazwe; Jonluke McKie delves into gender and sexuality in his production, Preconceived; while GIFT festival director Kate Craddock explores being consumed by The Crowd. Workshops and masterclasses are also on offer for budding writers, with Live’s incoming artistic director Joe Douglas leading a Director’s Masterclass (Saturday 10th March); and writer Katie Bonna and director Hannah Joss lead a Making Theatre From Real-Life Stories workshop on Thursday 15th March.

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