Write Up North Short Play Season

Join Arts In Touch and Write Up North for an exhilarating season of new writing from the fiercest and funniest writers in the Toon. The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle will again host eight evenings of dynamic script-in-hand performances, followed by Q&A.

Write Up North is at the Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle, NE1 1RQ, from Tuesday 26 March to Tuesday 14 May, 2013. Tickets are £3 on the door. Doors open at 8pm. Follow casting news, rehearsal room gossip and chat @artsintouch and on Facebook.

26 March: Meet The Qurayshis
Salma wishes for a normal Western future. Her parents want her to be more traditional. Tensions mount for their evening with the Qurayshis. Or more precisely, their son, Farouk…

Shireen Khattak
A recent graduate of Live Theatre’s advanced playwriting course, Shireen finds inspiration in the borderland between cultures and identities, that place of confusion and self-discovery.

2 April: T.T.T.
Dark secrets are exposed when Fr. Angelo returns from his retirement party to find Tommy, a middle-ranking member of New York’s Mafioso, sitting in the rectory’s darkened study.

James Ryland
James trained at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and has worked extensively in theatre, TV, and film as both a writer and performer.

9 April: The Knot of Eve
Sugar and spice and things not nice are the crux of this fearlessly feminine triptych. Ruby, Chloe and Erin, three ‘disobedient Eves’, face the price of a woman’s sexual expression.

nc_owen is a Gateshead based writer. On her days off she mainly enjoys snowboarding, dog walking, cooking and massages. But not all at the same time.

16 April: Cats in a Pipe
On a military base in Afghanistan, a sarcastic American, a laid-back Irishman, and a naive CoE chaplain take shelter together during an attack. Then an armed Afghan joins the group.

Lora Hughes
A former trauma therapist, Lora writes prose and script full time. She authors the weekly blog on a writer’s emotional life, The Writing Closet.

23 April: Self-Assembly
Pregnant teen Lucy celebrates her birthday at a water park with her boyfriend Taz and best friend Annie. Lucy navigates friendship and romance to decide what life path she’ll take.

Victoria Levay
Victoria specialises in writing for the stage and radio. She worked with West Yorkshire Playhouse and is now the Advertising and Directory Manager at Mslexia magazine.

7 May: Bastards
An unemployed white teenage boy becomes entangled with an older man who introduces him to the illicit excitement of football hooliganism and racism. Can his sister save him?

Bob Jeffrey
Bob, a former social worker, has experience in street theatre and improvised drama. He wrote the prize winning comedy, Mind that Leg. Bob also writes topical comedy sketches for radio.

14 May: Waiting Room
In a coma, Anna ‘wakes’ in her late grandfather’s living room. To regain consciousness, Anna must journey through her past in order to come to terms with her waking life.

Melanie Hunter
Melanie’s Life: Meaning Us was performed at the DYSPLA festival. She collaborates on film and theatre projects, and co-writes The Wakefield Variation with Effeto Espanso.

21 May: Who I Am With You And Who I Am Without You
The season ends with some freshly squeezed shorts – 8 plays, 8 writers, 60 minutes of theatre based on a prompt from Write Up North: “Who I am with you, and who I am without you”.

Write On Tap
Write On Tap began at this same event in 2012. We’re thrilled to contribute to such a great event, lovingly created for this year’s new writers from LIVE. Good luck to them!

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Write Up North was formed by graduates of Live Theatre’s 2012 advanced scriptwriting course to showcase new writing in the North East.

Arts in Touch
Formed in 2010 by Artistic Director Samantha Bell to bring together practitioners from different cultural backgrounds to collaborate on projects that contribute to social inclusion.

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