Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Preview: Mobile at Newcastle Live Theatre

Live Theatre Announce First Performance in the new Live Garden

Newcastle Live Theatre
Wednesday 8th – Sunday 26th June 2016

MOBILE, a Live Theatre and The Marlowe Theatre co-commission, presented by The Paper Birds will be the first performance to take place in the new Live Garden on Newcastle Quayside.

Opening at Live Theatre on Wednesday 8th June, it will run until Sunday 26th June before touring the UK in July.

The specially commission piece has been created by The Paper Birds, is directed by Jemma McDonnell, and will be performed by Kylie Walsh and Georgie Coles.

Staged in a caravan at locations around the UK, Mobile is an inventive and intimate piece of theatre about class, family, aspiration and belonging. Made for audiences of up to 9 people at a time, this 40 minute show is set in a caravan, based on interviews conducted in communities across the UK.

The caravan will be located in Live Garden, the new public park and performance area linking the theatre with the Quayside developed as part of Live Works.

Mobile explores our sense of home, belonging, aspiration, and the realities of social mobility. Powerful true stories and dreams for the future are revealed through a magical world of video projection, recorded interviews and original music.

Based on personal testimonies collected in community workshops, research by collaborator Prof. Sam Friedman, and the company’s own lives, it explores experiences, benefits and potential costs of social mobility.

When Cindy’s comfortable graduate life begins to unravel, she can’t bring herself to move ‘back home’ and instead finds herself living in her mother’s caravan. As she shares her story, her conflicted thoughts and feelings are joined by the voices of others from all walks of lives.

The Artistic Director of The Paper Birds and director of Mobile Jemma McDonnell explainsMobile is about who we are, where we have come from and the impact on us of our parents’ class and upbringing. Social mobility is, very rightly, viewed as a positive force and something for individuals and political forces to aspire to but is it always a positive experience? We look forward to opening up this conversation in our caravan – taking the show to audiences rather than them coming to us in a traditional theatre setting.’

Graeme Thompson, the Creative Producerof Newcastle’s Live Theatre said ‘Live Theatre has enjoyed a long relationship with The Paper Birds. Their work has always been a natural addition to our programme and always speaks directly to our audiences. However it’s fantastic to be able to take that relationship to a whole new level and join them as co-commissioners of Mobile. This is a really exciting production exploring some very important issues in an innovative and magical way. What’s even more exciting is that this is the first production specifically commissioned for our new outdoor space Live Garden.’

Mobile premieres at Live Theatre, Newcastle. It then tours until November 2016, with locations including The Marlowe Theatre, outside a bank on Canterbury High Street, at schools in Kent, Latitude Festival, Turner Contemporary Margate and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

On The Web:

Mobile credits
Created by The Paper Birds. Directed by Jemma McDonnell. Performed by Kylie Walsh/Georgie Coles.
AV design by The Media Workshop. Production design by Rajha Shakiry. Composed by Shane Durrant. Choreographed by Karla Shacklock.
Co-commissioned by Live Theatre The Marlowe Theatre.

8-26 June Live Theatre, Newcastlewww.live.org.uk  Box Office: 0191 232 1232 
9 July                   The Marlowe Theatre – www.marlowetheatre.com Box Office: 01227 787287
10 July       Canterbury High Streetwww.marlowetheatre.com Box Office: 01227 787287
11-13 July Kent schools
14-15 July Latitude Festival – www.latitudefestival.com
18-20 July Kent schools
23-24 July Turner Contemporary, Margatewww.marlowetheatre.com Box Office:  01227 787287
8-12 October    The Marlowe Theatre – www.marlowetheatre.com Box Office: 01227 787287
1-5 November  Theatre Royal Plymouth – www.theatreroyal.com Box Office: 01752 267 222

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