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Fans returns to Live, then tours

Published: 12 September 2018

Gig theatre show Fans, written by Nina Berry (The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes) in collaboration with The Six Twenty, returns to Newcastle’s Live Theatre prior to touring to Doncaster, two venues in London and one in Sunderland.

The show is inspired by real music fan confessions, collected from across the UK, and crammed full of classic hits and original songs, ranging from Green Day to Madonna and Beyoncé to the Beatles. It was created in 2016 when The Six Twenty received the Bridging the Gap award to develop the show, which went on to play to packed audiences across the North East at venues including ARC Stockton and Newcastle’s Northern Stage. The Six Twenty was a Live Theatre Associate Company in 2017.

Fans is directed by The Six Twenty’s Artistic Director Melanie Rashbrooke and the cast consists of Andrew Bleakley (Alice in Wonderland, Northern Stage, and No Miracles Here, The Letter Room), Charlie Raine (Puddles Pirate Adventure, Customs House, and Pancake Factors, Live Theatre), Alex Tahnée (Alice in Wonderland, Northern Stage and No Miracles Here, The Letter Room) and Chris Foley (ParkLife, Live Theatre) who is also the show’s musical director.

Lighting and sound are by Craig Spence and the set is designed by Luke W Robson, who both worked on The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes.

“Fans is a fantastic, current and engaging show by The Six Twenty, who are a really exciting company coming out of the North East,” said Live Theatre’s Creative Producer, Graeme Thompson. “We were delighted to work with The Six Twenty as a Live Theatre Associate company in 2017 and to commission them to present Fans in the region and tour to other parts of the UK.“

“I am delighted that, following its run in 2016, Fans is returning this autumn and taking to Live Theatre’s main stage,” said Nina Berry. “It’s brilliant to be back at Live Theatre and I’m really looking forward to taking the show to venues in Doncaster, London and Sunderland. It’s a real privilege to be working with the cast and creative team again—with the addition of new cast member Alex Tahnée—to develop the show further and I’m incredibly excited for rehearsals to commence.”

Fans plays at Live Theatre from 3 to 6 October and then tours to:

  • 1 November: CAST (Doncaster)
  • 2 November: Canada Water Theatre (London)
  • 7 – 8 November: Theatre N16 (London)
  • 16 November : The Peacock (Sunderland)

Peter Lathan