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New plays from writers and companies selected by Live Theatre for their exceptional new ideas are being showcased at the Elevator Festival, which runs for a full week in March.

If, in the words of Graeme Thompson, Creative Producer at Live Theatre, you’re in the market for “a fantastic opportunity to see an evening of plays by some of the hottest new talent currently making theatre” then roll up, roll up. The plays cover topics as diverse as infamous Byker one-man crime wave Rat Boy (complete with banging 90s rave soundtrack) to how one incident can change your perception of everything in Spoon Theory. Works-in-progress will also feature including Paper. Scissors. Stone. (pictured – Fringe First winner Katie Bonna tells the interwoven stories of three generations of women, through songs inspired by the golden age of musical theatre), while Nuclear Future takes another look at nuclear weapons through video, sound and live performance. A Scratch Night will contain short extracts of very early stage works-in-progress; Live Theatre’s incoming Artistic Director Joe Douglass will lead a Director’s Masterclass; and writer Katie Bonna and director Hannah Joss will share their insights into Making Theatre From Real-Life Stories. Full details on all of the above can be wolfed down at the website, below.

Elevator Festival, Saturday 10-Saturday 17 March, Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle. live.org.uk