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Robert Curtis

Robert trained at Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre credits include: The Man in The Blue Room (Lichfield Garrick Theatre); Greville/ Boothby in The Madness of King George III (Original Thetare Company- UK Tour); Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Francisco/Fortinbras in Hamlet and Forester in Love's Labour's Lost (all for the RSC); Macbeth in Macbeth (UK Tour); Romeo in Romeo & Juliet (UK Tour); Antipholus in The Comedy of Errors (UK Tour); Chorus in Henry V (Compagnia Pippo Delbono); Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Theatre Delicatessen); Tamburlaine in A Devilish Exercise (The Rose); Sir Henry Spreadbrow in Sweethearts (Finborough); Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest (Brockley Jack) and Lawrence in Neaptide (Arcola). Television credits include: Aaron in Eastenders (BBC), Francisco/Fortinbras in Hamlet (Illuminations/RSC/BBC), The Sarah Jane Adventures (BBC) and Ocean Odyssey (BBC).

Msimisi Dlamini

Msimisi trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His theatre credits include: As You Like It (Rose Theatre, Kingston); A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Rose Theatre); Sacrifice (Tara Arts); The Spanish Tragedy (Arcola Theatre); Namuhla Na Kusasa and Sarafina (Mbabane Theatre Club); Accidental Death of An Anarchist and Another Life (Blanco Theatre); Romeo And Juliet (Southampton Nuffield Theatre) His television credits include The Body Farm and Doctors (BBC) Film credits include Sex and Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll (Lipsync) and Shoot On Sight (Channel 4) Radio credits include Dear Mr Lampard for BBC Radio London

Christopher Hogben

Christopher trained at Central School of Speech and Drama, Moscow Arts Theatre and National Youth Music Theatre. His theatre credits include Steven Berkoff’s Oedipus (Nottingham Playhouse, Liverpool Playhouse, Edinburgh Festival); The Roman Bath (Arcola / National Theatre of Bulgaria); Medea (Steam Industry); Jason & the Argonauts (Steam Industry); Shakespeare’s R&J (Southwark Playhouse and tour); Christmas Carol (Europe Tour); Perfect Sandcastle (Hampstead Theatre). Television and Film credits include Casualty, A Whispered Name, The Hardest Part, How to Become a Criminal Mastermind andTrojan.

Joe Jameson

Trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Theatre credits include: Yolland in Translations (Tobacco Factory, Bristol); Angel Clare in Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Bristol Old Vic); Edward in Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (Courtyard); Victor in Four Dogs and a Bone (Phoenix); Vince in Buried Child (Upstairs at the Gatehouse). Film credits include Great Expectations (2012 release directed by Mike Newell)

Sanchia McCormack

Theatre credits include: Nora (Belgrade Theatre); Comedy of Errors (Sahkespeares Globe); The Caravan (Royal Court); Some Kind of Arizona; Burgular Beware (Hulabaloo); The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe) and rehearsed readings of Start Night at Hampstead Theatre and Soho Theatre Television credits include: Coronation Street (Granada); Law and Order (Kudos); The Bill (Talkback Thames); Wallander 2; Dr Who (BBC); Midsommer Murders (Bentley Productions); Doctors (BBC); Whistleblowers; Lewis (Granada); New Tricks (BBC); The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (BBC); The Last Detective (ITV); Vital Signs (BBC); Child of Mine (ITV); Holby City (BBC); William and Mary (Granada); Making Waves (Carlton); Eastenders (BBC) Radio credits include: The Influence and D-Day Plays (BBC)

Israel Oyelumade

Israel is a RADA graduate; he became a member of the RSC for several years performing plays such as Oroonoko. In the year 2000 he ventured into Hollywood and was cast in films such as About a Boy, Exorcist - The Beginning, Dirty Pretty Things and Tiger in the Snow and not to mention Pirates of the Caribbean II. Since then he has appeared at RNT as well as guest leads in TV shows such as BAFTA award winning The Long Firm (BBC). Israel also starred in the new West end play African Snow to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the abolition of slavery act 1807. – Israel has just finished filming the lead role in a new film Derelict.

Gwen Taylor

Gwen is one of Britain's leading actresses, well known for her many popular television roles. Most recently she has been seen playing Ann Foster in Coronation Street. Her numerous roles include Peg in Heartbeat (Yorkshire Television); the title role in three series of Barbara (Carlton TV); Rita Simcock in two series of the BAFTA-nominated A Bit Of A Do; Margaret in three series of Belonging (BBC Wales); Gen in two series of Conjugal Rites; Duty Free; Class Act with Joanna Lumley; Pilgrim's Rest; A Perfect State; Inspector Morse (guest role); Murder Most Horrid (guest role); Moving Story; Wycliffe; Sharp End; Holby City (guest role); Screaming; Some Kind Of Life; Ties Of Blood; The Billy Plays with Kenneth Branagh; Keeping Tom Nice; Happy Christmas, I Love You; Sauce For The Goose (HTV); Sob Sisters (Central); Colin's Sandwich; Yes Prime Minister; Antigone; Forever Young; Ding Brass and Ripping Yarns. Recently Gwen has had guest roles on Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, Table 12, Born And Bred, and Fat Friends. Her wealth of theatrical experience includes: Calendar Girls (UK Tour); Quartet (UK Tour); Prick Up Your Ears (Comedy Theatre and UK Tour); About Alice (national tour); Arms And The Man (national tour); Moment Of Weakness (national tour); Picasso's Women starring with Jerry Hall (national tour); Lettice And Lovage (Theatre Royal, Bath and tour); the title role in Shirley Valentine (national tour); Heritage (Hampstead Theatre and national tour); The Glass Menagerie (Derby Playhouse); Mother Tongue (Greenwich Theatre); Clouds And Ripen Our Darkness (Royal Court); Dead Sheep (Bush Theatre), Skirmishes And Spookhouse (Hampstead Theatre); Trumpets And Raspberries (Phoenix Theatre); The Big Knife and Conjugal Rites (Watford Palace Theatre); Light Up The Sky (Windsor Theatre Royal and Globe Theatre); Top Girls (Royal Court and New York); The Maintenance Man (Comedy Theatre); Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Time Of My Life (Vaudeville Theatre and national tour). Gwen also played Gertrude in Sir Peter Hall's Hamlet (Gielgud Theatre and national tour), Mo in Love (West Yorkshire Playhouse), a play written by her husband, Graham Reid. Gwen's film appearances include: Monty Python's Life Of Brian and Richard's Things.

Creative Team

Writer - Michael Morpurgo

Director - Daniel Buckroyd

Daniel joined New Perspectives as Artistic Director in 2003, having previously worked as Associate Director of the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton 1996 - 2003, Artistic Director of Oxfordshire Touring Theatre Company 1992 - 1996, and Education Director of the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester 1988 - 1992. For New Perspectives directing includes: Lark Rise To Candleford; Dolly; Farm Boy; Those Magnificent Men; The Falling Sky; Faith Healer; Farm Boy; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; The Farm; In Search of Pontiflunk; The Hired Man (which transferred to New York); On Saturdays This Bed is Poland; Saturday Night and Sunday Morning; The Iron Man; The Allotment; Not Now, Bernard & Other Monster Stories; The Evidence; The Ghost Downstairs; The Butterfly Lion and The Long Way Home. Other directing includes: the first ever staging of Beowulf (Seamus Heaney); Freddie Jones as Charles Dickens; the original stage production of Quadrophenia; Roger Lloyd Pack in The Caretaker; Peter Pan at Polka Theatre; and currently Friend Or Foe for Scamp Theatre & Watford Palace.


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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