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From The Sky To Your Hands Review at Live Theatre

From The Sky To Your Hands

~ a guest blog by Cheish Merryweather


“I tell him that you don’t know what I have been through… for us to be here. You have to work hard. Nothing comes from the sky to your hands…”


In November 1967, Newcastle University gave Martin Luther King an honorary degree – the only UK university to do so during his lifetime.  Only two weeks ago, local roads were closed to celebrate the Freedom City Festival which marked the 50th anniversary of a visit to Newcastle by the American civil rights campaigner.  Live Theatre‘s performance of From The Sky To Your Hands is welcomed story-telling, charting the journey of Joana Geronimo and her son, Osvaldo when she arrived in Newcastle from Angola as refugees in 2003.

Joana plays the role of herself; sharing such a deep, personal story on stage and displaying vulnerabilities, creates a highly engaging and watchable performance throughout.  The play is short at 60 minutes running time yet powerful on impact as it drills home some very important questions about race, identity, prejudice, freedom and what it truly means to have a place you can call home.  The cast includes a diverse group of young people from the Live Theatre who stunned the audience with their maturity and emotionally charged performances.

from the sky to your hands

Director Paul James said, “We were interested in delving deeper into Joana’s story and contrasting it with Osvaldo’s experiences of growing up in Newcastle as a sixteen-year-old.” He added, “It has been a privilege working with Joana on this piece and seeing her develop from a Youth Theatre member to a drama facilitator and actress. This is the kind of journey that we are proud of at Live Theatre and why we continue to invest in the personal and social development of the young people involved in our Children and Young Peoples programme.”

This is a must-see show for anyone who wants to hear a life story that comes from the heart. 

0191 229 2378




From the Sky to Your Hands

Wednesday 8 – Saturday 11 November, 7.30pm

Saturday 11 November, 2pm


DURATION: Approx. 1hr, incl. interval

SUITABILITY: Suitable for ages 13+

DATES: Wed 9 – Sat 11 November, 7.30pm & Sat 11 November, 2pm

TICKETS: £10-£14, over 60s £12, other concs £6




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