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Watching the Living


Elizabeth Marsh

Elizabeth has performed at the National Theatre, in the West End, in film and television, and at theatres all around the country. She previously appeared at the Birmingham Rep as Ymma in Silence, The Queen in Sleeping Beauty and Winnie in Winnie the Witch. She recently finished filming The Falling for BBC/Malady Films and before that took part in the new touring production of Phantom of the Opera, playing Madame Giry. Theatre roles include: Marquise de Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Eleanor in Dead Funny; Rebecca Marshall in Playhouse Creatures; Myra Yerkes in Road Show; Mary in Merrily We Roll Along; Betty in Blonde Bombshells of 1943 (winner of best musical award); Beverly in Abigail's Party (twice!); Miss Hannigan in Annie; Jenny in The Threepenny Opera; Mephisto in The Vaudevillains; Cassilda in Gondoliers (winner of best musical award); Yitzak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Annie Wilkes in Misery; Fay in A Chorus of Disapproval; Pamela in The 39 Steps; Suzanne in Don't Dress For Dinner; Rose in Brighton Rock; Witch in From a Jack to a King; Jean Rice in The Entertainer; Louisa in Hard Times; Joan in Dames at Sea; Felicity in Habeas Corpus; both Florinda and Rapunzel in Into the Woods (winner of best musical award); Elizabeth in Moll Flanders (winner of best musical award); and Fabia in Twelfth Night. Film/Television includes: Miss Fanshawe in The Falling (BBC/Malady Films); Mary Mullen (Typhoid Mary) in Filthy Cities - New York (BBC); and Coronation Street (Granada). Elizabeth also works as a director and choreographer.

Anthony Wise

Theatre includes: Jesuit Teacher, Priest and Strangler in The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock (New Perspectives UK tour 2013 & Brits off Broadway, New York, May 2014); Otto in The Diary of Anne Frank; Uncle Freddie and Greta in Bent; Hobson in Hobsons Choice; Stephen in Dealers Choice; Bert Challinor in Comedians; Bailiff and Dr Huld in The Trial (Fringe First and world tour); Schoolmaster in The Castle; Orsino and Maria in Twelfth Night (British Council World Tour); Scaramouche in Emperor of the Moon (Aphra Behn); Gaoler in Two Noble Kinsmen; Colonel Pickering in Pygmalion, Dr Brodsky in Clockwork (NT Cottesloe); Mick in Not Not Not Enough Oxygen; Renfield in Prince Among Men; Frank in If Youre Glad Ill Be Frank; Francis in The Cabinet of Dr Caligari; Mick in Not Enough Oxygen; Lasca in Leonardos Last Supper; Cardinal in Duchess of Malfi; Touchstone in As You Like It; Estragon in En Attendant Godot (Triangle Theatre Cardiff); Dr Polidori in Bloody Poetry (LA). Musical Theatre includes: Mr Hasler in Pajama Game; Sidney in Me and Juliet; Henry Miller in Calamity Jane; Judge Heppenstahl in State Fair (Trafalgar Studios); Jeanette in The Full Monty (Charing Cross Theatre); Eddie in Mack and Mabel (Southwark Playhouse). Opera includes: Lillas Pastia in Carmen (WNO and Glyndebourne Opera). Film includes: Withnail and I (Handmade); Magic Mile (Faith Films); In The Place Of The Dead (Pathetique Fims); Fables Of Forgotten Things (Mandarin Kite); An Artists Fear (Pico Films). Television includes: All Creatures, Atomic Inferno (BBC); Boon, Flying Lady, Bobs Your Uncle (ITV); The Plot To Topple A King (Channel 4).

Creative Team

Writer - Jane Upton (based on two short stories by Daphne Du Maurier )

Plays include: All The Little Lights (Fifth Word, UK tour, Arcola Theatre), Watching The Living – an adaptation of two short stories by Daphne Du Maurier (New Perspectives, UK tour), Swimming (Menagerie Theatre, Hotbed Festival, Soho Theatre and Edinburgh Festival), and Bones (Fifth Word, Edinburgh Festival and UK tour).

Jane was joint winner of the George Devine Award 2016 for her play All The Little Lights which was also nominated for Best Play at the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards 2017. It is published by Nick Hern Books.

Jane attended Stephen Jeffreys' Advances in Scriptwriting RADA, received a bursary from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and was shortlisted for CBBC New Voices Initiative.

She is represented by Micheline Steinberg Associates

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 - Lily Arnold

Lily trained at Wimbledon College of Art. RSC (Resident Design Assistant, 2009 - 2011): King Lear, The Rape of Lucrece, I Cinna (The Poet), The Taming of the Shrew, The Bullet and Ahasverus. Other theatre and opera credits include: Yellow Face (National Theatre Shed); Peddling (High Tide Festival Theatre); Minotaur (Polka Theatre); World Enough and Time (Park Theatre); Gruesome Playground Injuries (Gate Theatre); The Boss of It All (Assembly Roxy / Soho Theatre); A Season in the Congo (Young Vic, Maria Space); Happy New (Trafalgar Studios); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cambridge Arts Theatre); Opera Scenes (National Opera Studio); Red Handed (The Place, London); Love Is (Linbury Studio, LAMDA); Alice’s Adventures in the New World (The Old Red Lion); Rush Hour (Shunt Vaults); A Macbeth (Pleasance, Edinburgh); A Picture of Alchemy (Etcetera Theatre). Forthcoming productions: The Edge of Our Bodies (Gate Theatre) and The Jew of Malta (RSC Swan Theatre).

Lighting Designer - Mark Pritchard

Mark has lit more than 40 productions in the West End.Opera and ballet credits include:designs for Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, The Stuttgart Ballet, Phoenix Opera, three seasons for Dublin Opera, Wexford Opera Festival, and the World Premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies Martyrdom of St. Magnus in Kirkwall. International credits include: productions at the National Theatres of France, Iceland and both the Abbey and Gate Theatre in Dublin, working extensively in Denmark and touring productions across Europe, to New York, the Sydney and Perth Festivals.

Mark has lit productions for companies at varying scales throughout the UK from RSC to Theatre San Frontiers; lighting eight seasons for the Pitlochry Festival Theatre.Regional producing theatres include: Theatre Royal Plymouth, the Traverse, Northern Stage, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Nottingham Playhouse where he also designed the external lighting scheme. Mark regularly lectures in Lighting Design, designs internal and exterior lighting schemes for theatre and heritage sites and is a long standing Board member of the Theatre Royal, Stratford East.

Sound Designer - Adam McCready

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.


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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