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Brendan Murray

The youngest of five children from Salford, Lancashire, Brendan trained as an actor and worked for ten years in schools, fringe, rep and commercial theatre. From 1982 to 1985 he was Head of Theatre-in-Education at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry and, in 1989/90, writer-in-residence at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield. Since then he has divided his time between writing, directing and teaching, principally at Drama Studio London. In 2002/3 he was the Visiting Gulbenkian Fellow in the Department of Palliative Care at King`s College Hospital and, from 2003 to 2008, Artistic Director of Oxfordshire Theatre Company. His plays have been produced throughout the UK and abroad (both in English, and German, Welsh and Serbian translations) and won both the Brian Way and The Writers` Guild of Great Britain Awards. Like the good northerner he is, he lives in Brighton and you can find out more about him at


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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Quirky international bestseller

Stage premiere based on the book by Janet Frame
National rural tour 
Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen's hilarious and surreal story for 3 - 7yrs and families
 A New Perspectives and Unicorn co-production, available for Christmas 2020/Spring 2021


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Dame Rosemary Squire becomes patron  Find out more
A provocative trio of performances exploring the changing state of the human spirit Find out more