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Stage Editorial

iris16.jpg Hey! Let’s have a world premiere

Newcastle playwright Alison Carr (pictured) is bringing her heady world of caustic humour and tender pathos to Live Theatre in April for the world premiere of her latest work, Iris.

The national press were frothy in their praise of Alison Carr’s previous hits, The Soaking of Vera Shrimp (“achingly beautiful and utterly compelling” – The Telegraph) and Fat Alice (“Carr sustains the bold premise through the vividness of her writing” – The Times) so we can safely file her latest, Iris, under ‘Eagerly Anticipated’. It concerns sisters Julie and Ruby who are coming to terms with the death of their formidable mother, Iris, who, still manages to control their lives from beyond the grave… Live Theatre’s Literary Manager Gex Casey comments: “Alison Carr has a distinct and individual voice as a playwright – witty, quirky and engaging. I’m delight that audiences will be able to see her first full commission in the Main House.” Stop press: We’ve just heard that the Julie, the main character in this production, is to be played by Coronation Street’s Katy Cavanagh.

Iris, Wednesday 6-Saturday 30 April, Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle, 7.30pm (mats. 9, 14, 21, 28, 23 & 30, 2pm; 17, 4pm), £10-£22. live.org.uk