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Image: FANS L-R Charlie Raine, Andrew Bleakley, Meghan Doyle and Chris Foley, performed at Live Theatre in October

Amongst the usual glut of thought-provoking productions we’re accustomed to seeing at Live Theatre, there’s something of a musical bent to their autumn season.

Celebrate the dying rays of summer with the ever-popular Mixtape crew (Thursday 30th August-Saturday 1st September), as they rejoice in music through the decades in their part music quiz, part sketch show; another musical gem comes in the form of FANS – one of our favourite productions of 2016 – inspired by real music fans and their obsessions, it’s a must-see for music lovers (Wednesday 3rd-Saturday 6th October); the world premiere of Clear White Light sees the songs of master songwriter Alan Hull of Lindisfarne soundtracking a contemporary retelling of a classic gothic horror story (Thursday 18th October-Saturday 10th November); and in It’s Different For Girls (Tuesday 13th-Thursday 15th November) 60s girl bands and the challenges of the music industry come into sharp focus.

Elsewhere in the programme, the premiere of celebrated writer Roddy Doyle’s new play, Two Pints, is a hilarious and provocative two-hander (Wednesday 12th-Sunday 23rd September); challenging perceptions of home in a multi-lingual take on personal identity, Where We Began combines storytelling and live music (Thursday 20th-Friday 21st September); Bismillah!, subtitled ‘An ISIS Tragicomedy’, offers up themes of disenfranchisement, alienation and prejudice (and the music of Queen) and promises a hilarious and vital production (Saturday 29th September); Catrina McHugh MBE presents the true story of a mother and daughter’s relationship when one of them is released from prison in Don’t Forget The Birds (Tuesday 20th-Saturday 24th November); if it’s not too soon to mention Christmas (sorry), the Mixtape team will be back to mash up some festive favourites (Wednesday 5th-Saturday 8th December) and there’s laughter, turkey, tears and sarcasm in Christmas Crackers (Thursday 13th-Saturday 22nd December).


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