Live and direct
Trojan Horse (pictured - 15-16 October, 7.30pm, £6-£14) is arriving at Live with a whole bunch of five-star reviews in its back pocket. It follows the real-life stories of Muslim teachers and governors who were accused of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools, a local story that made a big splash across national news. Adapted from the testimonies of those at the heart of the UK government’s inquiry, the critically acclaimed theatre company LUNG tell the story of a community torn apart by racial division. Another much lauded production hitting Live is It’s True It’s True It’s True (22-23 October, 7.30pm, £10-£18). This concerns the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Based on surviving court transcripts, this new play dramatizes the seven-month trial that gripped Renaissance Rome and asks how much has changed in the last four centuries. Under Three Moons, meanwhile, concerns friends Mike and Paul (25-26 October, 7.30pm, £6-£14). This takes place on three nights across three decades – taking in boyhood, manhood and fatherhood – and explores how men relate to each other today, who we are and how we live. These productions are among my October picks, but looking further ahead I’d also flag up a visit from the wonderful comedian/activist Mark Thomas in November, and a Christmas spectacular in December from two of the region’s most unapologetically raucous theatrical troupes: Your Aunt Fanny and Bonnie and The Bonnets.
Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle. Their full programme and ticket details from: www.live.org.uk