We are Playing Up – a group of writers based around Newcastle Upon Tyne.

After completing the Live Theatre Play Writing Course in 2013, many of the group took advantage of the kind offer from Arts in Touch to host a season of script in hand performances at The Bridge Hotel. All the performances were well received and played to a full room. Following this, Playing Up was formed with the intention of supporting each other to continue to write and eventually host our own events.

We have continued to meet regularly over the past year and many of the group have had plays performed locally, including ’10 Minutes to…’ at Live Theatre, ‘First in 3′ at Northern Stage, Alphabetti Spaghetti, Write on Tap and Theatre Space North East. Others have had success in local and national writing competitions and online publishers.

We now have eight new short plays written and Northern Stage are hosting our scratch night on 26th February 2015

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Playing Up are in the process of planning for our Autumn show at Northern Stage on Tuesday 14th November at 7.45pm.  More details to come soon.

In the meantime, our genial hosts, Northern Stage are looking for actors that they don’t know but should.  Further details below:

Are you interested in professional actor training?

Do you want to join Northern Stage’s NORTH Company?

NORTH Actor Training will give you the chance to enhance your current skills, learn new ones and gain valuable insight into the world of professional theatre.

Twice a year we run 10-week courses in professional performance training for actors aged 20+ at the early stages of their careers.

As well as training, NORTH Company members receive free tickets to Northern Stage productions and access masterclasses with creative teams and performers.

Auditions are at Northern Stage on Tuesday 12, 19 and 26 September from 6-8pm. If your application is successful you will be notified by Mon 4 Sep.


The audition will be chance to find out more about the NORTH Actor Training programme and meet the team leading it. you will work in a group and be asked to prepare a 2 minute contemporary speech.

Click HERE for more details.

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