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Elevator Festival - New plays from rising talent, Live Theatre, Newcastle


New plays from writers and companies selected by Live Theatre for their exceptional new ideas are showcased in Elevator Festival, returning for its third edition until Saturday 17 March 2018.

Picked as ones to watch in the new generation of theatre-makers, the companies received coveted Live Theatre bursaries to develop their plays. 

The plays cover topics as diverse infamous Byker one man crime wave in Rat Boy written by Christina Dawson and Lee Mattinson, complete with banging 90s rave soundtrack, and how one accident can change your life in Spoon Theory by Bex Bowsher, which are presented as a Double Bill on Tuesday 13, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 March.

Work-in-progress Paper. Scissors. Stone. by Fringe First-winner Katie Bonna tells the interwoven stories of three generations of women, through glitter-soaked songs inspired the golden age of musical theatre on Wednesday 14 March.

Nuclear Future by Gameshow is work-in-progress show for our volatile times that looks at nuclear weapons in a new light through video, sound and live performance, on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 March.

Elevator Festival Scratch Night contains short extracts of very early stage work-in-progress from leading theatre artists from across the region on Thursday 15 March, including a semi-autobiographical story with live original music from Live Theatre Associate Artist, andI, Daniel Blake Actor Kema Sikazwe, a look at gender and sexuality by Jonluke McKie and an exploration of being consumed the crowd by GIFT Festival Director Kate Craddock. 

Live Theatre has also launched it’s call out for its 2018 Bursary offering £2,000, support and space to develop innovative new theatre for next year’s Elevator Festival. See

Tickets for plays in Elevator Festival cost between £3 and £8, with some events free. Live Theatre has extended availability of its concession priced tickets to include all young people aged 25 and under, proof of age is needed when booking or collecting tickets.

To book tickets and to find out more contact Live Theatre’s box office on (0191) 232 1232 or visit

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