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Mixtape will be mixing things up at the Live Theatre in Newcastle

The popular new writing vehicle which creates theatre inspired by music has found a new home at Live Theatre in Newcastle

The Spice Girls in 1997
The Spice Girls in 1997

New Writing showcase, Mixtape will be moving to Live Theatre from September.

Fresh from their festival tour to the Secret Garden Party, Hijack and Larmer Tree Festival and after a succession of sell-out shows at Alphabetti Spaghetti Theatre - upstairs at the Dog and Parrot in Newcastle - Mixtape return to Tyneside to present bite-sized theatre inspired by music at the new writing hub that is Live.

Friday, September 5 will see the ‘Mixtapers’ taking on Boy Bands Versus Girl Bands.

Audiences will be invited to don their Union Jack dresses and 90s puffa jackets and tap into their pop star attitude for a high-octane ride down Smash Hits memory lane.

The all-important battles between the Spice Girls and All Saints and Take That and 5ive will be explored in this Mixtape gathering.

Taking songs by both boy and girl bands - and using only the song’s lyrics - the troupe (Newcastle based actors James Barton, Samantha Bell, Steven Blackshaw, Amy Foley, Chris Foley and Zoe Hakin) will create short bite-sized comedy sketches that can be no longer than the tracks which inspired them.

Billed as ‘part theatre show and part pop quiz’, the audience will have the chance of winning the highly coveted Golden Mixtape if they manage to correctly guess the songs and bands that inspired each short sketch.

Later in the year, on November 7, the North East will be celebrated in a special Mixtape performance: Now that’s What I Call the North East.

As you may have guessed, this on-stage gathering will see performers taking songs by North East bands and artists... so if you think you can separate your Sting from your Dire Straits... or your Ant and Dec from your Little Mix, you might want to get it in your diary.

* Mixtape will take place in Live Theatre’s Studio Space on September 5 and November 7. For more information and tickets, which are £5, visit www.mixtapetheatre.co.uk


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