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Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is a New York Times-bestselling author of stories for children. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages and sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Mac's picture books include two Caldecott-Honor-winning collaborations with Jon Klassen: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, which also won the E.B White Read-Aloud Award, and Extra Yarn, which won both the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award. Leo: A Ghost Story, illustrated by Christian Robinson, and The Skunk, illustrated by Patrick McDonnell, were named two of the Ten Best Illustrated Books of 2015 by The New York Times. Mac's novels include the Brixton Brothers mysteries and The Terrible Two series. He lives in Oakland, California.

Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen is a New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator. He's the first person to win both the American Caldecott Medal and the British Kate Greenaway medal in the same year. Jon's books have spent more than 100 weeks on the bestseller list and been translated into more than 20 languages. The first book he wrote and illustrated, I Want My Hat Back, was a Geisel Medal Honor Book and received the E.B. White Read Aloud Award. He has also received two Caldecott Honors, two more E.B. White Read Aloud Awards and many other honors. He was appointed a member of the Order of Canada, recognized for his "transformative contributions to children's literature" as an illustrator and author. Jon grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada, and now lives and works in Los Angeles, California.


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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A provocative trio of performances exploring the changing state of the human spirit Find out more