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Writer : by Lars Von Trier, in an adpatation by Jack McNamara
Director : Jack McNamara
Designer : Lily Arnold

A New Perspectives and Soho Theatre co-production
in association with Derby QUAD
presented by arrangement with Nordiska ApS, Copenhagen

"Ingenious...Inventive, relatable and clever" Broadway World
"Seriously impressive" The Reviews Hub
"A surreal, live-streamed farce...apt for our times" The Stage
"This is one play you won't want to leave on mute" Everything Theatre

"Thoroughly entertaining" The Guardian

For years the boss has tricked his staff into believing he is simply another co-worker. So when he needs a 'real' boss to help close the deal of a lifetime, he hires an actor to play the role. What could possibly go wrong?

New Perspectives' smash hit adaptation of Lars Von Trier's cult film is given a full digital makeover, in an outrageous comedy led by Josie Lawrence and Ross Armstrong, joined by a host of acclaimed actors and comedians.


The Boss of It All featured special guest appearances from:
Le Gateau Chocolat (Fri 18 Sept at 8pm)
Anavab Pal (Sat 19 Sept at 4pm)
Neil Hamburger (Sat 19 Sept at 8pm)
Gemma Whelan and Gerry Howell (Sun 20 Sept at 4pm)
Natalie Palamides (Sun 20 at 8pm)

For 5 live performances audiences switched on and zoomed into the cut-throat world of work-from-home politics in a play that asks if leadership is ever any more than a performance.
Performances were live-streamed from Friday 18 - Sunday 20 September 2020.

The production includes the occasional use of bad language.

Target audience age: 14yrs+
Running time: approx 50 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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