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The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock


Martin Miller - Hitchcock

Martin trained at Webber-Douglas Theatre credits include Feather (Arcola, London); The Duke in Darkness (Tabard, London); Taking Steps (Oldham Coliseum); Mapping The City (Slung Low/Hull Truck); Zack, Adam Geist (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Humble Boy, Honeymoon Suite (The New Vic, Stoke); Danny The Champion Of The World (Bolton Octagon); Enjoy (York Theatre Royal); Sex Lives of Others, Hell's Bells, The Proceedings of that Night, Dad's Money (The Pleasance, Edinburgh); The Rivals (Theatre Royal Bath & No. 1 Tour); Red Noses, The Alchemist, A Taste of Honey (Oxford Playhouse). Television credits include: Scott & Bailey, Primeval, Churchill and the Fascist Plot. Radio credits include: Clement Doesn't Live Here Anymore (BBC Radio 4).

Roberta Kerr - Emma Hitchcock / Alma Hitchcock

Theatre credits include Talking Heads: A Cream Cracker Under the Settee (New Vic); Hard Times (Library Theatre Manchester); A Dolls House (The Lowry, Salford); Deathtrap, Blithe Spirit, Quartet and Mail Order Bride (Oldham Coliseum Theatre); Elsie and Norm's Macbeth (Planet Rabbit Productions tour); The Borrowers (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick); Humble Boy, Home Fires, Be My Baby, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Charlotte's Web, Talking Heads: Bed Of Lentils, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, Intimate Exchanges, Stevie (Dukes Theatre, Lancaster); Two, Norman Conquests (Bolton Octagon Theatre); Class K, Fen (Royal Exchange); Our Day Out (Forum Manchester); Can't Pay Won't Pay, The Elephant Man, Oliver Twist, Man for All Seasons, Beggars Opera, Under Milkwood, Macbeth, Taking Steps, Dr Fergo Rides Again, Midsummer Night's Dream (Victoria Theatre Stoke); Mother Courage, King Lear, Talent (Leicester, Phoenix). Television credits include Silk, Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, The Royal Today, Heartbeat, Doctors, Casualty, Seeing Red, Eastenders, Medics, Families, Albion Market, Travelling Man and Brookside. Film credits include Nature of the Beast (Rosso Productions) and Brick is Beautiful (BBC Screen Two). Radio credits include Cottonopolis and Well of Loneliness (BBC) and The Archers (BBC Radio 4).

Tom McHugh - Screenwriter / Waiter

Tom trained at RADA. Whilst training he performed in Machinal, Today, Titus Andronicus and The Girl on the Sofa. Theatre credits include Exterminating Angel (Salford Lowry); Tombestone Tales (Arcola); Thesius (Hampstead Theatre); Closer (Warwick Arts Centre); Malaise Trio (Camden Peoples Theatre); The Rivals (Theatre Royal Haymarket); The Boss Of It All (New Perspectives at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013). Film and short films include Locked Up, Animal and The Guest House. Radio plays includes A Dance to the Music of Time (Radio 4) and 60 Second Romance (Radio 4). He has taken part in workshops for the RSC.

Anthony Wise - Jesuit teacher / Priest / Strangler

Theatre credits include Mack and Mabel (Southwark Playhouse); Still Life (Bridewell Theatre); State Fair (Trafalagar Studios); Dames at Sea, Comedians, Prince Among Men, Pajama Game, Dealers Choice (Union Theatre); Diary of Anne Frank, Calamity Jane (Gatehouse Theatre); The Fever (Brighton Festival); Hobsons Choice, Bent (Broadway Theatre); Me and Juliet (Finborough Theatre); The Full Monty (New Players Theatre); Carmen (WNO and Glyndebourne Opera); Clockwork (NT Cottesloe Theatre); If Youre Glad, Ill be Frank (Kings Head); All For Nothing (Menier Chocolate Factory); Leonardos Last Supper (Orange Tree theatre); Twelfth Night (British Council world tour); Waiting for Godot (Triangle, Cardiff); Bloody Poetry (Beverly Hills playhouse LA); The Trial (Young Vic); Cock of The Walk, Pygmalian, St Joan (MF Prodns). Film credits include The Magic Mile, In The Place Of The Dead, An Artisits Fear of Melting, Withnail and I, Fables of a Forgotten Kind. Television credits include The Plot To Topple A King (Channel 4); Atomic Inferno, All Creatures Great and Small (BBC); Flying Lady, Boon (ITV); Breaking The Code (BBC video).

Creative Team

Writer - David Rudkin

David Rudkin is a stage and TV dramatist, screenwriter, opera librettist and translator. He emerged in the 1960's as one of the country's ground-breaking voices, with his visionary play Afore Night Come for the RSC. He has been described by the Observer as "Britain's greatest living dramatic poet."

Original stage works include Afore Night Come, written 1960 (first staged 1962, RSC dir. Clifford Williams); The Sons of Light 1964-65 (revised and first staged 1975, Newcastle Playhouse dir. Keith Hack; in further revision, RSC, dir. Ron Daniels); Ashes 1972 (first staged in German, Hamburg 1973; in English, London Open Space Theatre, dir. Pam Brighton 1975); The Triumph of Death 1976 (first staged 1981, Birmingham Repertory Theatre Studio, dir. Peter Farago); Hansel and Gretel (RSC, dir. Ron Daniels 1978); The Saxon Shore 1983 (first staged 1986, Almeida Theatre, dir. Pierre Audi); John Piper in the House of Death 1984 (revised and first staged 1991, London Central School of Speech and Drama, dir. Nick Mahon); Will's Way (RSC 1984, dir. Alison Sutcliffe). More recent credits include Red Sun, commissioned for AJTC two-man touring company (dir. Geoff Bullen, first toured 2003); adaptation of Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita for National Youth Theatre (dir. John Hoggarth, 2004). New Perspectives premiered the stage play The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock in a co-production with Leicester Curve in 2012; the production subsequently transferred to New York in 2014. The company went on to record an audio series under the banner PlacePrints.

Director - Jack McNamara

Jack has been Artistic Director of New Perspectives since September 2012.

Productions for the company include: Once Upon Our Times (Southbank), trade (National Tour) The Fishermen (Trafalgar Studios/ HOME Manchester) The Boss of It All (Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh & Soho Theatre); The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock (Brits off Broadway, New York & UK tour); Him With His Foot In His Mouth, Watching the Living (both UK tours); HOOD (150th Anniversary Commission, Nottingham Theatre Royal) and Darkness Darkness (Nottingham Playhouse co-production), Harvest (regional tour) and Sisyphus (BE Festival, MESS Award Winner).

Productions for children and family audiences include: The Tiger's Bones and Other Stories (UK tour), The Giant Jam Sandwich (UK tour & Edinburgh) and The Wolf, The Duck and The Mouse (in a co-production with the Unicorn Theatre).

Designer - Juliet Shillingford

Juliet trained at Ravensbourne and Croydon Colleges of Art and was awarded an Arts Council Bursary. She has worked extensively with New Perspectives Theatre Company, the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, Curve Theatre, Leicester and most recently Mercury Theatre, Colchester. New Perspectives credits include Last Train to Nibroc, The Long Way Home,The Allotment, On Saturdays this bed is Poland, The Hired Man(also part of the 2008 Brits off Broadway festival in New York). Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Faith Healer, Dolly, The Honey Man (co-production with Derby Live), The Butterfly Lion (co-production with Curve, Leicester) and most recently Entertaining Angels (UK tour) and The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock (co-production Curve Theatre Leicester).

Nuffield credits include She Stoops to Conquer, Playboy of the Western World,The House of Bernarda Alba, Betrayal, Peeler, Alchemy in the UK and most recently God of Carnage. Curve Theatre, Leicester credits include The Pillowman (The first production in the studio space), The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Long Road,Translations, Molly Sweeney and Absurd Person Singular.

Most recently, The Hired Man (a Mercury Theatre, Colchester production) and The Butterfly Lion (a co-production for Mercury Theatre, Colchester and Curve, Leicester).
Exhibitions include PQ07 Prague Quadrennial and Collaborators: UK Design for Performance at the V&A.

Lighting Designer - Azuza Ono

Sound Designer - Tom Lishman

Tom’s work in the West End has included The Caretaker, Pete And Dud Come Again, Medea, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, Brief Lives, Twelve Angry Men, The Gin Game, Taking Sides, A Letter of Resignation, Life Support, The Hothouse, The Rivals, Vita and Virginia, Hobson’s Choice and Rope.
He designed sound for Ashes to Ashes (Royal Court); The Great Game: Afghanistan, Not Black & White, Broken Glass, Women Power & Politics and Greta Garbo Came To Donegal (Tricycle); I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky (Royal Opera House Linbury Studio); A Tainted Dawn, Bill Shakespeare’s Italian Job and A British Subject (Edinburgh Festival); The Farm, Those Magnificent Men and The Falling Sky (New Perspectives); The Man Next Door (Hoipolloi), and four seasons of operas for Grange Park Opera, as well as productions for repertory theatres including Guildford, Windsor, Farnham, Bristol, Chester, Cheltenham and Derby, and many national tours.
Tom has created almost 60 sound designs for Chichester Festival Theatre.

Stage Manager - Jeremy Rowe

Jeremy has worked extensively with New Perspectives, most recently as touring Stage Manager for The Lovesong of Alfred Hitchcock. Previously he has been Lighting Designer and touring Stage Manager for Entertaining Angels, Goldfish(New Perspectives STEP UP Creatives ensemble performance), Farm Boy, The Butterfly Lion, The Honey Man, How Steeple Sinderby Won the FA Cupand Those Magnificent Men. Previous New Perspectives stage management includes Lark Rise to Candleford, Wasteland, On Saturdays This Bed Is Poland and lighting The Railway Childrenand Players Angels.

For Tangere Arts Hood in the Wood and I’m No Hero. For Forest Forge New Found Lands. For Shifting Sands The Devil’s Doctor and Great Expectations. He’s toured extensively with Opera Della Luna, lighting their productions of Rusalka, Tales of Hoffmann and Robinson Crusoe at Iford’s Opera Festival, where he then worked as technical-manager for several seasons. Other lighting designs included Extravaganza’s pantomimes, Forbidden Fruit for Random Line, Edwinstowe’s Pageant and Banner Project plus several music events including the Atom stage at Music Live, NEC.

Assistant Stage Manager - Jessica Rice

Jessica studied stage management at Northbrook college Sussex and has since worked as a stage and venue manager for Chichester Festivities and Pleasance Edinburgh. She has also worked for Theatre Royal Winchester as company stage manager on the past 3 pantomimes.
Most recently Jessica has been working as a technician and dresser for the mayflower theatre Southampton.


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