Borough actor is cast in new play

A young borough actor from Live’s Youth Theatre has been cast for a new production written by award-winning playwright Paddy Campbell.

Day of the Flymo looks at the chaotic lives of three young people as their family life falls apart.

Sophie Pitches, 16, from North Shields, has been chosen for the role of Clara and will be supported by a professional cast.

The play explores the mechanisms that swing into action when social services step in, and follows a brother and sister as they struggle to cover up the cracks.

Writer Paddy Campbell, said: “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 it is received.”

Paul James, associate director of education and participation, added: “This will be Paddy’s first full length commission specifically geared towards young people, which I am extremely excited to be directing.”

Day of the Flymo premieres at Live Theatre, Newcastle, from Wednesday, April 8, to Saturday, April 11.

Tickets priced from £10 are available by calling the box office on (0191) 232 1232 or online at