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Writer : various authors
Director : Jack McNamara

Drawn from oral traditions, fairy tales distil our dreams and fears into stories of magic and transformation. 2019 marked 40 years since the publication of Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber. The short story collection exposes the dark, hidden truths of traditional stories, creating fairy tales for the modern age and the modern reader.

Tina Chiang, Paapa Essiedu, Toby Jones, Amara Karan and Imogen Stubbs completed a stellar line-up for this event which has been inspired by Carter's collection, reading stories inspired by ancient tales. From Salman Rushdie's distinctive take on a classic Arabian Nights tale to Marlon James' visceral riff on African folklore, at the heart of the event is an abridged version of 'Company of Wolves', taken from The Bloody Chamber collection.

Featuring new fairy tales by Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Marlon James and specially commissioned stories from Daisy Johnson and Sharlene Teo, drawing from English and Singaporean traditions and accompanied by live music performed by Angharad Davies (violin/ vocals), Áine O'Dwye (harp/vocals) Lee Paterson (electronics) the event took audiences across the world, giving new resonance to timeless narratives.
"Fantastic...Bravo our collaborators" Ted Hodkinson, Head of Literature and Spoken Word, Southbank Centre
"Such wonderful stories and readings" Daisy Johnson

Part of London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre

Running time: approx 60 mins
Interval length: no interval mins


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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