- Live Theatre Company
name = Live Theatre
caption = Live Theatre, in July 2006
address = Broad Chare,
Newcastle upon Tyne
country = UK
opened = 1982
website = www.live.org.ukThe Live Theatre Company was founded in
Tynesidein 1973by Val McLaneand Geoff Gillham. [ [http://www.northernpublishers.co.uk/authors/Val_McLane Val McLane - Independent Northern Publishers ] ] The company aims to attract new audiences for its accessible work as well as its friendly and informal theatre space.
The company originally toured its work regionally to non-traditional theatre settings, such as community halls and
working men's clubs. The company was creating plays and stories that were relevant to the northeast community and sought to break down barriers by presenting this work to ordinary working class people within their own communities.
The company has been based in
Newcastle Quaysidesince 1982, expanding over the years to occupy the current premises which combine converted warehousesand almshousesto create a unique building which houses a theatreauditorium, café bar, rehearsal spaces and administrative offices.
Live Theatre develops new writing talent in the region. The company has enjoyed significant relationships with many writers such as
CP Taylor, Tom Hadaway, Alan Platerand, more recently, Peter Flannery, Michael Chaplin, Peter Straughan, Julia Darling, Lee Hall, Sean O'Brien and Karen Laws. Many plays have been commissioned and produced over the years which are now known nationally and internationally, such as "Close The Coalhouse Door", " Cooking with Elvis" and "A Nightingale Sang".
Live will shortly take over the lease of a new warehouse building on Broad Chare, immediately adjacent to the current theatre. A £4.1million capital development programme is currently being undertaken and it is hoped that improved art making and visitor facilities will be available in
* [http://www.live.org.uk/ Live Theatre]
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