10 Minutes to… goes live today

Published: 2 October 2020
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Gutter Weeds
Blyth Spirit
Star Fish

Live Theatre’s 10 Minutes to…Call Home has started streaming today and seven of the nine plays are now available online on the Live Theatre web site.

The plays available now are:

Amai Vangu—My Mother by writer, actor and director Mandi Chivasa follows Moyo, a young women living in Zimbabwe with her sisters and brothers, on a bittersweet tale of journey and discovery. Directed by Maria Crocker and performed by Shvorne Marks.

Written by John Hickman, Blyth Spirit is a spin on the classic Blythe Spirit. This play is performed by Adam Donaldson, Mitch Donaldson and Serena Ramsey with direction from Jamie Eastlake.

Newcastle actor and writer Benjamin Storey tells a tale of moving on and letting go in Gutter Weeds. Live Theatre’s Creative Director Graeme Thompson directs with Donald McBride and Samantha Neale performing.

Sarah Tarbit, an alumna of Live Theatre’s Introduction to Playwriting Course and winner of a Northern Writers Award, presents Invisible Boundaries. Becky Morris, Creative Associate at Live Theatre, directs performers Jake Jarratt and Jackie Edwards.

Can Inter-generational differences be settled over a bag of Quavers on a train journey on a warm summer day? Ellen McNally’s Off Peak is performed by Colleen Prendergast, Annabelle Rich and Megan McKie Smith with direction by Jamie Eastlake.

Rebecca Glendenning-Laycock makes a return to the 10 Minutes To… project with Sheltered. Judi Earle, Jude Nelson and Francesca Tomlinson seek refuge from an air raid over Northern England in this filmed audio play.

Niall McCarthy’s debut piece, Star Fish is performed by Mahsa Hammat Bahary and Aiden Nord and directed by Graeme Thompson. Can the stars align for Dan and Laura as they take a moment out of their lives to watch the night sky and reflect?

Two more plays, Watching And Waiting and you can't start a revolution sitting on your arse, will go online at the beginning of November.

All the plays were rehearsed, performed and filmed on Live Theatre’s stage and were selected from more than 300 submissions in a response to an open call out on the theme of 10 Minutes To...Call Home.