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If you’re in need of some thought-provoking and provocative brain food this month, you could do worse than head to Newcastle’s Live Theatre, where a trio of productions promise to offer something a little different.

Strong female characters take the lead in the forthcoming productions, which range in subject matter from parenting and porn, the quest to find ‘the one’ and the consequences of drink and drugs.

First up on Wednesday 9th March is Punching The Sky, a daring production which tackles porn, parenting and social pressure. Created in response to the media storm that surfaced after blogger Lizi Patch wrote about her 11 year old son stumbling across hardcore pornography online, the show looks at the often conflicted feelings towards sex, parenting and censorship. Featuring animations courtesy of James Taylor from the Gateshead-based Arcus Animation Studios, live performance and an original score, it promises to be both challenging and thought-provoking.

On Friday 11th and Saturday 12th March, the curiously titled Iphigenia In Splott (inspired by the enduring Greek myth, in which Iphigenia was sacrificed to the Gods by her father as a bribe for calm waters during naval battle against Troy) the one-woman play channels aggression, seduction and drunken behaviour, exploring the world of unemployed and perpetually sozzled Effie and her drama-filled life in Cardiff. Sophie Melville’s portrayal of the troubled yet hard-nosed young woman promises a powerful performance.

On a lighter note, Memoirs Of A Bunny Boiler, appearing at the theatre on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th March, profiles one woman’s search for ‘the one’ via encounters with cult leaders, Oxford graduates and junkie lookalikes. Another one-woman show, performed by Spotlight nominee Rachel Jackson, the instantly recognisable and occasionally cringe-worthy tale will have you laughing and crying.

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