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Live Theatre

Benefit from our long-running educational partnership with Live Theatre, Newcastle. Gain exposure to a live working theatre and develop key skills in acting, scriptwriting, facilitating and staging. Meet playwrights, actors, producers and casting agents, and hear their experiences of working in the industry.

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Get experience of a live working theatre

Live Theatre is a real, live working theatre based in Newcastle upon Tyne. It has gained an excellent reputation as a place for new talent to showcase their skills, regularly producing new plays written by up-and-coming playwrights.

You'll work closely with Live Theatre while you study your Performance degree, taking advantage of exciting opportunities such as performing in new plays, participating in workshops with industry experts, and working alongside technical staff to learn lighting, sound and staging skills.

Some of your classes will take place at Live Theatre's base, near Newcastle Gateshead Quayside – you'll even rehearse in their professional studio spaces. You can get involved outside of class too, as we'll take you to see the plays Live Theatre have produced.

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Industry experts

Our partnership with Live Theatre provides you with excellent networking opportunities, as you'll get to work alongside industry experts through workshops and guest lectures.

You'll participate in improvisation workshops with The Suggestibles School of Improv, and learn drama facilitation through Live Tales, picking up valuable employability skills along the way.

Our guest lecturers, who include playwrights, actors, producers and casting agents, will share their experiences of working in the industry, as well as provide you with tips and advice about writing, acting and how to break into the area of the industry you want to work in.

Emmerdale Actor Charlie Hardwick sitting in the middle of a group of Performing Arts students. Everyone is facing the camera and smiling.

In recent years we have welcomed:

  • Willy Russell – Playwright ('Blood Brothers', 'Educating Rita', 'John, Paul, George, Ringo...and Bert', 'One for the road', 'Our Day out', 'Shirley Valentine', 'Stags and Hens')
  • Lee Hall – Playwright and Screenwriter (Plays include: 'I Luv You Jimmy Spud', 'Cooking with Elvis', 'The Pitman Painters', 'Billy Elliot', 'Warhorse', ' Victoria and Abdul', 'Rocketman')
  • Shelagh Stephenson – Playwright ('Memory of Water', 'Five Kinds of Silence', 'An Experiment with an Air Pump', 'Harriet Martineau')
  • Charlie Hardwick – Actor ('Emmerdale', 'Ackley Bridge')
  • Michael Chaplin – Writer ('Monarch of the Glen', 'The Black Velvet Gown')
  • David Almond – Writer ('Skellig', 'The Savage')
  • Brian Lonsdale – Actor ('Warhorse', 'Goal!', 'The Pitman Painters')
  • Joe Caffrey – Actor ('The Ship', 'Wethouse', 'Doctors')
  • Elijah Young – Playwright ('Isolation', 'Cast of Your Aunt Fanny')