Three young actors from Tyneside have been cast to appear in Day of the Flymo, the second full-length play by Paddy Campbell.
They are Kalem Patterson, aged 13, from Ryton, Tezney Mulroy, 17, from Newcastle, and Sophie Pitches, 16, from North Shields.
They will play Liam, Becca and Clara in the play which will premiere at Live Theatre, Newcastle, on April 8 and run until April 11.
All the young performers are members of Live’s Youth Theatre and they will be supported by a professional cast.
There will be special interest in the play because of the enormous success of Campbell’s first, Wet House, a dark comedy set in a hostel for alcoholics.
Live Theatre say Day of the Flymo “explores the mechanisms that swing into action when social services step in” and asks: “What do you do when the state decides it’s going to take over from your mam?”
The play follows a brother and sister as they struggle to hold things together.
Paddy Campbell says: “I’ve worked in a children’s home for the past eight years and it’s an interesting subject. It’s not as black and white as people might think.
“I was delighted to be asked to write a piece for young people and am looking forward to seeing how the play is received by audiences.”
Paul James, Live’s associate director of education and participation, said: “Paddy has had a long association with the Youth Theatre but this will be his first full-length commission specifically geared towards young people which I am extremely excited to be directing.
“Last year we presented an initial script-in-hand performance of Day of the Flymo which was positively received by audiences and assured us that we had something special on our hands.”
Tickets for the play are on sale at the box office on 0191 2321232 or go to www.live.org.uk