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Andy Barrett, Tim Elgood, James Graham, Laura Lomas, Mufaro Makubika, Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon

JAMES GRAHAM won the Pearson Playwriting Bursary in 2006 and went on to win the Catherine Johnson Award for the Best Play in 2007 for his play Eden's Empire. This House premiered at the Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012 and transferred to the Olivier in 2013 where it enjoyed a sell out run. James has written the book for Finding Neverland the musical with music by Gary Barlow, which has transferred to Broadway with Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer. His play The Vote will air in real time on TV in the final 90 minutes of the 2015 polling day. His first film for television, Caught in a Trap, was broadcast on ITV1 on Boxing Day 2008 and his film X and Y opened in cinemas in Spring 2015 starring Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins & Eddie Marsan. He is currently working on an adaptation of 1984 for director Paul Greengrass.

ANDY BARRETT'S work for stage and radio has included a Sony Award winning series; the New Perspectives' production Dolly, a cloning meets country and western musical, which The Times chose as one of their top five shows of 2010; and the first ever stage version of Ibsen's The League of Youth, which was premiered by Nottingham Playhouse. His most recent play Tony's Last Tapes runs at the South East fringe venue The Bridge House Theatre SE20 to coincide with the General Election (27 April -17 May 2015).

TIM ELGOOD is a Derbyshire based writer. His first play A Stone's Throw from Edward, was performed at Buxton International Arts Festival and won the Granada Foundation Award. He has written extensively for youth and community theatre groups at Derby Playhouse and has also had several plays performed at various venues across the East Midlands, including The Pros, The Cons and A Screw (Derby Theatre) and Mother Came Too (Derby LIVE). His new comedy, Unforgettable, covers the life story of a brother and sister and their relationship with Alzheimer's opening at Derby Guildhall Theatre in Dementia Awareness Week in May, before touring as New Perspectives Long Play 2014 winning script.

LAURA LOMAS is a playwright whose plays include Bird (Root Theatre and Echo); Blister (Paines Plough/Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama); Open Heart Surgery (Theatre Uncut); Come to Where I'm From (Paines Plough); Some Machine (Paines Plough/Rose Bruford); The Island (Nottingham Playhouse/Det Norske Oslo); Us Like Gods (Hampstead, Heat and Light); Gypsy Girl (Paines Plough Later at Soho) and Wasteland (New Perspectives/Derby Theatre; shortlisted for the Brian Way Award).

MUFARO MAKUBIKA is a New Perspectives Associate Artist 2014/15. Graduate of the young writers programme and the Studio group at the Royal Court Theatre in London; he was part of the Theatre Writing Partnership's young writers programme and is one of ten of ten writers chosen by the BBC to take part in their Writersroom project. Credits include readings -Wallowing (Curve Theatre), Come to Where I'm From (Paines Plough/Nottingham Playhouse), Premature (neat11 Festival, Nottingham Playhouse and Whitechapel Gallery), Blue Moon (neat14 Festival, New Perspectives Long Play 2014 runner up) and his play How to Breathe has recently performed in the Neville Studio.

BRIAN MITCHELL AND JOSEPH NIXON met at primary school in Derbyshire. In 1992 they founded the award-winning sketch group The Ornate Johnsons; co-writing The Cheeky Guides to Student Life and To Love, were head sketch writers on Jo Caulfield Won't Shut Up (BBC Radio 4) and Live and Kicking (BBC1), and as well as the TV comedy shows Slightly Filthy (LWT) and The Ornate Johnsons Edwardian Spectacular (BBC 4). New Perspectives commissions include Those Magnificent Men and The Opinion Makers their string of writing credits also includes Big Daddy Vs. Giant Haystacks.


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