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A new play by Laura Lindow. Based on ground-breaking research into Universal Credit – the latest and biggest change to the benefits system. 

Rehearsed Reading & Live Q&A

These events will be live on Youtube. No need to book just visit our Youtube channel.

2pm, 16th September – Online preview and discussion with Patrick Butler (Guardian), Clive Davis (Welfare Rights Officer, Newcastle Council), Alison Dunn (Strategic Lead for Poverty and Inequality Gateshead Council & CEO of Citizens Advice Gateshead), chaired by Professor Liz Todd, Director, Institute of Social Science Newcastle University

7pm, 16th September – Online preview and discussion with Patrick Butler (Guardian), Laura Lindow (Writer), Alice Wiseman (Gateshead’s Director of Public Health), chaired by Professor Tracy Shildrick, Newcastle University

Credit, a new play by award-winning writer Laura Lindow is based on stories and experiences of people living on Universal Credit. With many more people moving onto Universal Credit as a result of COVID-19, the issues highlighted are now more important than ever. 

Made alongside people who are claiming Universal Credit, support organisations and researchers ‘Credit’ is an honest picture of how people in the North East are dealing with the ongoing changes to the welfare system. 

‘Credit’ will make you think about whether we have a welfare safety net anymore and how all of us, our family members and fellow citizens are affected. We want you to be inspired to think about what the welfare state should look like for our communities. 

Laura Lindow – Writer

Brad McCormick – Director

Christina Dawson & Cooper McDonough – Performers

Anna Reid – Designer 

Roma Yagnik – Composer

Rachel Glover – Production & Stage Manager

Cap-a-Pie has made ‘Credit’ in collaboration with Newcastle University, Teesside University, Gateshead Council, Newcastle Council, Citizens Advice Gateshead, Your Voice Counts, Oasis Community Housing, Women’s Health in South Tyneside, Changing Lives and Larkspur House and Fuse. 

Credit is based on research commissioned by Gateshead Council in partnership with Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health.

This show has been funded by Newcastle University via the Population and Health Sciences Institute, Institute for Social Science and Catherine Cookson Foundation; Using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England; and Gateshead Council.