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Preview: Day of the Flymo at Newcastle Live Theatre

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Day of the Flymo Returns to Live Theatre Following Sell-Out Run

Day of the Flymo
Newcastle Live Theatre 
Thursday 12th to Saturday 21st November 2015

What do you do when the state decides it’s going to take over from your Mam? A play by award-winning writer, Paddy Campbell.

Day of the Flymo is to return to Newcastle’s Live Theatre next month,with shows from Thursday 12th to Saturday 21st November, following its sell-out run at Live Theatre earlier this year, when it was awarded four stars by The Guardian.

Written by award winning playwright Paddy Campbell (Wet House), Day of the Flymo looks at the chaotic lives of a brother and sister struggling to cover up the cracks and the mechanisms that swing into action when social services step in. It asks what do you do when the state decides it’s going to take over from your Mam?
The same cast returns including talented young actors from Live’s Youth Theatre including Kalem Patterson (age 14, from Ryton), Tezney Mulroy (age 17, from Newcastle), and Sophie Pitches (age 17, from North Shields), once again supported by a professional cast of Jill Dellow (Chalet Lines), a former member of Live's Youth Theatre, and Akemnji Ndifornyen.

Young actor, Tezney Mulroy said: "Performing in Day of the Flymo in April was unbelievably exciting. After all the hard work it was so good to get such a great reaction from the audience. I'm over the moon that the whole cast will be back performing the play again next month at Live Theatre."

Paddy Campbell has been appointed as the inaugural joint Live Theatre & Northumbria University’s writer in residenceSee NETG article LINK. Paddy moved to Newcastle from Northern Ireland 13 years ago to study fine art and sculpture at Northumbria University and has come through Live Theatre’s writing development programme whilst working in a children's home, which provided the inspiration for Day of the Flymo.

Writer Paddy Campbell, said: "I am delighted that 'Day of the Flymo' is returning to Live Theatre. The audience reaction and having a sell-out run in April was incredible. I'm looking forward to it being back on stage in November during my writer-in-residence year with Live Theatre and Northumbria University."

The Artistic Director of Live Theatre, Max Roberts, said: "Those who saw Paddy’s first play Wet House will be aware of Paddy's talent. And as we saw in April, he has again created another hard hitting piece about the care system he has known as an insider. For those people not lucky enough to see Day of the Flymo during its first run - it's political, at times tragic, and is packed with Paddy's trade mark dark humour.”

Paddy Campbell’s first full length play, Wet House (NETG Review LINK), was the winner of three Journal Culture Awards, and voted one of The Guardian’s Top 10 Plays of 2013. After a sell-out run at Live Theatre in 2013, as part of Live Theatre’s 40th anniversary year, Wet House returned to Live Theatre and toured to Hull Truck Theatre and Soho Theatre in 2014. Day of the Flymo previewed at Live Theatre in April 2015.

Day of the Flymo is at Live Theatre, Newcastle from Thursday 12 to Saturday 21 November 2015. A free Meet the Writer event takes place at 6pm before the performance on Friday 13 November, in which writer Paddy Campbell, artistic director Max Roberts, director Paul James will talk about the making of the play and are joined by Dr. Matt Hargrave from Northumbria University to talk about the joint writer in residence. There is also a free Talkback discussion, at 9pm on Tuesday 17 November, (approximately ten minutes after the end of the play) in which the writer, director, actors from the show talk about the process of bringing the show to the stage.
Written by Paddy Campbell
Directed by Paul James
Assistant Director Rachel Glover
Set Design by Phil Green

Day of the Flymo
comes to Live Theatre from Thursday 12th to Saturday 21st November.
PERFORMANCES: Tuesday to Saturday, 7.30pm
MATINEE: Saturday 14 November, 2pm
For more information on Day of the Flymo and to buy tickets costing between £18 to £10, over 60s concessions from £16 to £12 and other concessions £10 to £6 call Live Theatre’s box office on (0191) 232 1232 or see

DURATION:  Approx 1hr 20mins
SUITABILITY: 13+, contains strong language and some scenes of violence
TICKETS: £18-£10, over 60s conc. £16-£12 other concs. £10-6

BSL Tuesday 17 November, 7.30pm
Captioned Wednesday 18 November, 7.30pm
Touch Tour Thursday 19 November, 6pm
Audio Described Thursday 19 November, 7.30pm
Related Events: 
Friday 13 November, 6pm - Meet the Writer

Discover more about Paddy Campbell’s approach to writing as he talks about being Live Theatre and Northumbria University’s inaugural Writer in Residence, with director Paul James, Artistic Director Max Roberts and Dr. Matt Hargrave, Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts, Northumbria University
DATES: Fri 13 November, 6pm
LOCATION: Main Theatre
DURATION:  Approx. 40mins
TICKETS: Free, booking essential
Tuesday 17 November, Approx 9pm (10 minutes after the end of the play) – Talkback

Join writer Paddy Campbell, director Paul James and the actors from the show as they talk about the process of bringing the show to the stage and discuss the issues raised in the play 

DATES: Tues 17 Nov, 9pm
(10 minutes after the end of the play)
LOCATION: Main Theatre
DURATION:  Approx. 40mins
Free, booking essential

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