Full of musical pulse. Fans returns this Autumn.

The Six Twenty in association with Live Theatre presents
Live Theatre (Newcastle upon Tyne), 3-6 October 2018, 8pm

Written by Nina Berry
Directed by Melanie Rashbrooke
Created by Nina Berry & Melanie Rashbrooke
Musical Direction by Chris Foley
Set Design by Luke W. Robson
Lighting and Sound Design by Craig Spence

Loud, live, gig theatre, Fans is a powerful mix of new writing and raucous live music. Full of emotion, humour and musical pulse, it’s a show for anyone who’s ever loved music. Inspired by real music fan confessions, collected from across the UK, and crammed full of classic hits and original songs, ranging from Green Day to Madonna, and Beyonce to the Beatles, this is a heart-warming tribute to music lovers. Fans is written by Nina Berry (The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes, Live Theatre) in collaboration with The Six Twenty, a Live Theatre Associate Company from 2017.

As Nina Berry explains:

“I am delighted that following its run in 2016, Fans is returning this Autumn and taking to Live Theatre’s main stage. It’s brilliant to be back at Live Theatre and I’m really looking forward to taking the show to venues in Doncaster, London and Sunderland. It’s a real privilege to be working with the cast and creative team again – with the addition of new cast member Alex Tahnée – to develop the show further and I’m incredibly excited for rehearsals to commence.”

In 2016, The Six Twenty received the Bridging the Gap award to develop Fans; playing to packed audiences across the North East at venues including ARC (Stockton) and Northern Stage (Newcastle). This time, The Six Twenty are teaming up with Live Theatre to reimagine Fans for a new audience in 2018. The show premieres at Live Theatre from 3-6 October before the band takes to the road for a UK tour to venues including Canada Water Theatre & Theatre N16 (London), CAST (Doncaster) and The Peacock (Sunderland).

As Live Theatre’s Creative Producer, Graeme Thompson says:

“Fans is a fantastic, current and engaging show by The Six Twenty, who are a really exciting company coming out of the North East. We were delighted to work with The Six Twenty as a Live Theatre Associate company in 2017, and to commission them to present Fans in the region and tour to other parts of the UK.“

Fans is directed by The Six Twenty’s Artistic Director Melanie Rashbrooke and features a dynamic North East cast and creative team including musicians / theatre-makers Andrew Bleakley (Alice in Wonderland, Northern Stage & No Miracles Here, The Letter Room), Charlie Raine (Puddles Pirate Adventure, Customs House & Pancake Factors, Live Theatre), Alex Tahnée (Alice in Wonderland, Northern Stage & No Miracles Here, The Letter Room), and Chris Foley (ParkLlife, Live Theatre) who is also the show’s Musical Director. Lighting and Sound design is created by Craig Spence (Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes, Live Theatre) and the set is designed by Luke W. Robson who also created the set for Nina Berry’s show The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes.

Free events around the show include a How to Be a DIY Band with NARC. magazine at 6pm on Wednesday 3 October for aspiring musicians (limited places, must be pre-booked). Meet the cast and creative team and learn about the making of the play in a Meet the Band post show talk after the performance on Friday 5 October, and join them for a Fans Club get together and closing party with a live set from upcoming Sunderland indie rock band Plastic Glass, and Guest DJ. All events are free for ticket holders for that evening’s show.

Fans is at Live Theatre from Wednesday 3 to Sunday 8 October, and is suitable for ages 13+ so a great night out for music fans all ages.  Tickets are £10-£14; £6 concessions. For more information or to book tickets visit www.live.org.uk or contact Live Theatre’s Box Office on (0191) 232 1232.

Fans is supported using public funding from Arts Council England, Live Theatre and the Sunday for Sammy Trust and was originally created as part of the Bridging the Gap initiative; an initiative designed to aid the creation of new theatre work within the North East region.

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Venue: Live Theatre, Newcastle
Dates & Times: Wednesday 3 to Saturday 6 October, 8pm
Tickets: Full price: £10-£14; £6 concessions

Interview and review tickets are available on request
Press Contact: Steven Blackshaw
Telephone No. 07503 454985
Email Address. steven@thesixtwenty.com

Notes for Editors 

Tour dates

3 – 6 Oct @ Live Theatre (Newcastle) live.org.uk
1 Nov @ CAST (Doncaster)
2 Nov @ Canada Water Theatre (LDN)
7-8 Nov @ Theatre N16 (LDN)
16 Nov @ The Peacock (Sunderland)

The Six Twenty

Fans is presented by The Six Twenty in association with Live Theatre. The Six Twenty, was  a Live Theatre Associate Company in 2017, and is based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Setting fire to what theatre can be, The Six Twenty make immersive shows that are raucous and fun. Live and loud, it’s theatre for a good night out. Touring throughout the UK to theatres, outdoor spaces and unexpected places; we often fuse new writing, live music and devised theatre together to make shows that are relevant and responsive to the modern world.

Find out more about The Six Twenty: thesixtwenty.com 

About Live Theatre

Live Theatre has an international reputation as a new writing theatre. As well as producing and presenting new plays, it seeks out and nurtures creative talent.

“One of the most fertile crucibles of new writing” The Guardian

A high proportion of Live Theatre’s work regularly tours to other venues across the UK and internationally, including to Broadway and the Melbourne Festival. Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, written by Lee Hall and co-produced with National Theatre of Scotland, won an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2017 and The Red Lion by Patrick Marber, starring Stephen Tompkinson, was nominated for an Olivier Award 2018 for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.

Live Theatre’s work with young people was recognised with an Outstanding Contribution Award at the North East Youth Work Awards and awarded Investors in Children status for its child-led approach.  It has the largest free drama education and participation programme in the region.

“Live Theatre is British Theatre’s best kept secret. [It] has supported generation after generation of new writers, actors and theatre artists.” Lee Hall, Playwright

Located on Newcastle upon Tyne’s Quayside, theatre is based in a carefully restored complex of five Grade II listed buildings, combining state-of-the-art facilities in a unique historical setting with a flexible and welcoming theatre space, studio, rehearsal room and writers’ rooms.

Live Theatre draws on a broad portfolio of income streams and is recognised as a national leader in developing new strategies for increasing income and assets. These include The Schoolhouse, a hub for creative businesses; Live Garden, a beautiful outdoor performance space; Live Tales, a centre for children and young people’s creative writing; and Live Works, a commercial office building which has won architectural awards from RIBA and the Civic Trust.  Live Theatre receives a percentage of the income from award-winning gastro pub The Broad Chare and from Head of Steam, Quayside.

Live Theatre is funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation, and receives financial support from Newcastle City Council through the Newcastle Culture Investment Fund managed by the Community Foundation, and from other trusts and foundations, corporate partners and Friends.