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Writer : Janet Frame (Adapted for the stage by Anita Sullivan)
Director : Jack McNamara

The extraordinary true story of a life saved by writing

Through a family life marked by poverty and tragedy, a young girl develops an extraordinary imagination. After eight years in psychiatric institutions being misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, Janet Frame went on to become one of the world's most celebrated modern writers.

New Perspectives is thrilled to bring one of the great autobiographies of the twentieth century to the stage. Steeped in the atmosphere of rural New Zealand, this courageous life story is testament to the triumph of the creative mind against all odds.

Autumn 2020 Rural tour now booking. For further details please contact:
Sally Anne Tye on 0115 973 9121 or email

Based on the book: AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE
Copyright © 1982, 1984, 1985, 1989, Janet Frame. All rights reserved

Target audience age: 14yrs+
Interval length: approx 90 mins plus interval 20 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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A new trilogy from this distinctive performance artist as part of the Going Global season
Battersea Arts Centre, London
February and March 2020
A staged reading
Quays Theatre, The Lowry Manchester
Sunday 29 March 2020

Quirky international bestseller

Stage premiere based on the book by Janet Frame
National rural tour Autumn 2020


Following the success of A Fortunate Man, Michael Pinchbeck and New Perspectives Alumni Ollie Smith collaborate on a new piece. Free places here

Dame Rosemary Squire becomes patron as 2020 season announced Find out more
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