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Set during the lead-up to Whitby’s famous Goth Weekend, Ali Taylor’s funny and provocative new play is a family drama like no other coming to Live Theatre in October.

Anna is a good soul. Her dad, Ken, has lost his wife, but she thinks it’s about time that he started dating again. He needs to get out more and start meeting people, but maybe not people like Belinda. Belinda is the singer with Belle Epoque, a Geordie Goth band, which also features Belinda’s taciturn son, Simon, on keyboards. But Ken is smitten – even his wardrobe has taken a turn for the gothic – and just when Anna thinks that things can’t get any worse, Belinda and Simon pull up in a customised purple hearse, ready to move in so they can rehearse for a gig at Whitby’s Goth Weekend. It’s a set-up ripe for comedy – with music – but Ali Taylor also asks questions about identity and overcoming differences, too. It features the excellent Jessica Johnson – most recently seen in Key Change – as well as Sean McKenzie, Amy Trigg and Gurjeet Singh making their Live Theatre debuts. You’d be batty to miss it.

Goth Weekend, Wednesday 11-Saturday 28 October, Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle, 7.30pm (mats 14, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 2pm), £10-£22. live.org.uk