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Andy Barrett

Andy Barrett is a Nottingham based playwright who writes for stage and radio. As Artistic Director of community theatre company Hanby and Barrett he has written and co-directed over twenty five shows that have been performed in a wide range of unusual locations across the region. The most recent of these was The Cries of Silent Men, which explored a key moment in the battle between church and state in the sixteenth century, and was performed around the remains of a Carthusian monastery near Eastwood. Dolly is his third play for New Perspectives following on from Summer Comes and Life Changes (2002) and the Amnesty Award nominated The Allotment (2006). His work for Radio Four includes The Perfect Wood (2003) with Stephanie Cole and Geoffrey Palmer, a Womens Hour serial, and an adaptation of The Adventures and Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe starring Tim McInnerney (2008). He has a long running relationship with the Nottingham Playhouse, having had The Day That Kevin Came (2003) and Garage Band (2009) produced by the theatre, and next year will see his version of The League of Youth (Ibsen), which will be the first ever professional production of the play in the UK. He is currently working on The Story Traders of Sichuan, a collaboration between various Nottingham based theatre makers and performers from the Sichuan Opera in Chengdu.


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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Stage premiere based on the book by Janet Frame
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