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Writer : a collective of Mansfield voices
Director : Jayne Williams

'The first rule of Protest Club is, you do not stop talking about Protest Club...who's with me?'

An 82 year old anarchist is rallying the troops for one last protest. With clipboard in hand and megaphone switched on, our passionate pensioner discovers that others don't necessarily share her enthusiasm to get up and stand up for their rights. Does protest make a difference? Can we even be bothered? When does protest turn into rebellion? If Mansfield finds its voice, will the rest of Britain listen, or should we travel to the capital to be heard?

Created by an intergenerational community group in Mansfield, with participation director, Jayne Williams, Protest Club was a new comedy drama that animated the art of protest, from having a good grumble about the things that niggle, to the bigger issues that we simply have to shout about. This pieces was a culmination of an 18 month long partnership with London Based theatre company Headlong. In addition a new bank of fascinating audio stories created under the banner Mansfield Musings as part of the Headlong Futures project. To listen to Mansfield Musings click here

New Perspectives was delighted to be one of a cohort of four national partners alongside Bristol Old Vic, Brewery Arts Centre Kendal and Bristol Old Vic to take part in the Headlong Futures, a national collaboration focusing on gathering stories in specific communities. Over this period, conversations were shared through theatre, exploring what makes a place home, and voices of the four communities combined in a new play by award-winning writer Stef Smith. Members from each community under the guideane from an Associate Artist in each place performed the world premiere of Acts Of Resistence by Stef Smith at at Bristol Bristol Old Vic in February 2019. This short film summarises the project:

Acts of Resistance from Headlong on Vimeo.

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New Perspectives is an East Midlands based national touring theatre company, with a specialty in creating a diverse range of performances for rural audiences. We make ambitious and original theatre, focusing on new writing, adaptations and revivals, which we present in community settings and venues nationally and internationally. We provide career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and manage the rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts . 

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