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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 touring theatre company, specialising in bringing new work to rural and community audiences. Through an annual programme of original adaptations, rare revivals and new writing, we aim to bring live theatre that is diverse, affordable and accessible into the heart of wide-ranging communities, as well as to regional, national and international venues.  
Our productions are testament to the fact that rural theatre is as relevant, challenging and vital as theatre made for any other environment. Our participatory projects, career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts makes tangible difference to people where they live.

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