Elevator Festival returns to Live Theatre from Tuesday 27 June to Saturday 8 July

Made possible through the Live Theatre Bursary and Talent Development programme, Elevator Festival is a celebration of the very best new theatre talent. Alongside the plays and readings is a specially curated programme of insightful workshops with leading theatre professionals and networking opportunities.


Live Encounter: Julie Hesmondhalgh – Wed 28 Jun, 7.30pm

Live Theatre are over the moon to announce actor Julie Hesmondhalgh (Broadchurch, Happy Valley, Coronation Street) as a very special guest to join us for a live onstage Q and A. One of the country’s best loved performers, Julie will be discussing her career and her groundbreaking new book An Actor’s Alphabet, that lifts the lid on today’s industry and how to navigate it.

A Play For Breakfast – Thu 29 Jun & Thu 6 Jul, 10.30am

Theatre artists are invited to join Live’s creative team for breakfast in the Undercroft, to read a play together as a group over free drinks and pastries.

North East Creatives Garden Party – Sat 1 July, 3-6pm

An invitation to all playwrights, theatre makers and creatives based in or hailing from the North East to come together and enjoy a drink, chat and network in Live Theatre’s beautiful garden.

Scratch Night – Sat 1 July, 7.30pm

An evening of work in development by Live Associate artists and writers who have engaged with Live Theatre’s Talent Development programme: This Flag by Kemi-Bo Jacobs, I Dream Of Theresa May by Vivek Nityananda, Brain Training by Henry Lawrence and Shards by Pauline Trotry.

Online Writing Masterclass with Shelagh Stephenson – Fri 7 Jul, 6-8pm

Live Theatre is thrilled to announce that internationally acclaimed playwright and Live Theatre royalty Shelagh Stephenson will be holding an online playwriting masterclass specifically for women aged 35+ who have taken time away from their careers to look after others or have made other life choices that have impacted the time they have for creative writing.



Published on:
26 Jun 2023


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