Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Writing Her Own Future Success; THEATRE; When Aspiring Playwright Alison Carr Dropped into Live Theatre a Decade or So Ago to 'See If They Needed a Hand', She Set Her Sights on Writing a Play for the Main Stage. and She's Done It. Sam Wonfor Talks to Her Ahead of a World Premiere She's Calling Iris

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Writing Her Own Future Success; THEATRE; When Aspiring Playwright Alison Carr Dropped into Live Theatre a Decade or So Ago to 'See If They Needed a Hand', She Set Her Sights on Writing a Play for the Main Stage. and She's Done It. Sam Wonfor Talks to Her Ahead of a World Premiere She's Calling Iris

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lison Carr is making a resolution.

A"No more women's names for titles.

After this one."

The Newcastle playwright is looking forward to making her full-length, main house debut at Live Theatre in April with her play, Iris.

It's the latest (and if she is to be believed, the last) in a long line of plays she has written which sport a female moniker on the flyer.

The Soaking of Vera Shrimp, Dolly Would, Fat Alice, Mary, Jesus' Mam, Maggie and Mary and Patricia Quinn Saved My Life all appear on her website roster when you click 'Plays'. It's a list which stretches back to 2004.

Back then, Alison put having a play on the main stage at Live right up at the top of her ambition charts.

And now she'll be able to tick it off. Iris will get its world premiere on April 6 and will run until April 30.

"I remember thinking, 'imagine ever having a play on the main stage'," says Newcastle-based Alison. "I've worked a lot with Live over the years - I've done things in the Studio and some main house shorter pieces, but to get the fulllength commission down there is pretty special."

When I first spoke to Alison about Iris at Live's season launch at the back end of last year, she reckoned she was on draft 45 plus the eight which Live's literary manager, Gez Casey, and artistic director, Max Roberts, had worked on with her.

"Iris has been in the mix for a while. It has been in Live's hands probably for a couple of years in terms of them reading the first early version," she says.

"Iris began as a 20-minute short I wrote for no reason in 2010 and then put it in a drawer for a long time.

"When I made the decision that the next thing I had to do was write a full-length piece, there were some ideas in those 20 minutes which I thought could be developed."

And it turns out she was correct. …

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