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The Boss of it All


Ross Armstrong

Ross trained at RADA. Theatre includes Hamlet (Donmar/ Broadway); Antony and Cleopatra (Liverpool Playhouse); Cyrano de Bergerac (Chichester); The White Devil (Menier Chocolate Factory); Henry V (Royal Exchange); Deep Blue Sea, Hapgood (West Yorkshire Playhouse). TV: Mr Selfridge, Foyles War, Jonathan Creek, Our World War, WPC56, Love and Marriage, Doctors, DCI Banks, Titanic and Spooks. Film: Downhill, Locked Up, The Decoy Bride, Good Samaritan and Fergus.

Anna Bolton

Anna trained at The Oxford School of Drama. Theatre credits include King Lear (RSC UK/ US Tour); Malaise Trio (Camden Peoples Theatre); Short Cuts (Live Theatre); Exterminating Angel (Future Ruins, UK tour/ London); Blood & Money (Northern Stage); Whisky Galore! (Northumberland Theatre Company); Playboy Of The Western World (Nuffield Theatre). TV credits include Our World War, Doctors, George Gently (BBC); Vera, Emmerdale (ITV). Film credits includes Hector (Victor Productions Ltd).

Gerry Howell

Gerry is an actor, writer and comedian. He has written a number of plays including War and Honey, The Fantastic Reality of Frederick Goodge and most recently Horror Vacui. His solo comedy shows include Gerry Howell: Glorious Invention and Seriousnessmus. This year he will be taking his new show Gerry Howells Portal of Discovery to the Edinburgh Festival. Acting roles include Estragon in Waiting for Godot, Joey in The Homecoming and Bobby Gould in Speed the Plow.

Kate Kordel

Kate graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2009. Her recent credits include Marya in On The High Road (Urgent Theatre); Faith Sandish in Hollywood Squares (GroupM); Lise in The Boss Of It All (Assembly Roxy); Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (Sotto Voce, Sloane Square); The Enchanted Trail (Bad Physics/Rose Theatre Kingston); Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Orange Tree Theatre); Courtesan in The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory); Lady in Richard II (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory); Bianca in Taming of the Shrew (World Tour); Alice in Hobson's Choice (World Tour); Frau Kurten in Normal (Brewery Theatre); Forced Entertainment's The Voices (Warwick Art Centre); Lady Grey at Sam Wanamaker Festival (The Globe). Kate has also worked on a variety of voice overs, audio books and radio dramas.

Tom McHugh

Tom trained at RADA. Recent professional engagements include The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock (Curve Theatre, Leicester & Brits off Broadway, New York); The Seagull (Manchester Library Theatre, The Lowry); Exterminating Angel (Nuffield, Southampton); Tombestone Tales (Arcola); Closer (Warwick Arts Centre); Malaise Trio (Camden Peoples Theatre). 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).

James Rigby

James studied English at Warwick University before training at LAMDA. Productions included Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs, Death and The Maiden, Marat Sade, Kes, Othello, and Measure for Measure. Professional engagements include Les Miserables (Manchester Palace Theatre); Oliver (London Palladium); Wizard of Oz (Haymarket Basingstoke); Eric's (Liverpool Everyman); The Floods (BAC); Pages (Union Theatre); Love Bites (Southwark Playhouse); The Lost Souls of Soho (Kensal Green Gallery; David (Arcola Theatre); Exterminating Angel (The Lowry, Mercury Colchester, Southampton Nuffield); Every Word (Liverpool Everyman); Fragments (Riverside Studios); The Railway Children (Waterloo Station - Olivier Award winning production); The Boss of it All (Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh). He has taken part in rehearsed readings at the Soho Theatre, BAFTA and Jermyn St. Short films include Locked Up, Gourmet, Mrs Johnson and The Fool's Prayer.

Creative Team

Writer - Lars Von Trier (Adapted by Jack McNamara)

Danish-born Lars von Trier is one of the most famous and talked about filmmakers today. He studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). His subsequent features Epidemic (1987) and Europa (1991) have been equally ambitious both thematically and visually, though his international fame is most likely to be based on The Kingdom (1994), a TV soap opera blending hospital drama, ghost story and Twin Peaks-style surrealism. Previous film credits include: Breaking the Waves, The Idiots, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Manderlay, Antichrist, Melancholia
and most recently Nymphomaniac. His film comedy The Boss of It All was well received critically, and was nominated for two Bodil Awards, three Robert Festival Honours and the Golden Seashell at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.

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

Theatre includes: I, Cinna The Poet, Aesop’s Fables (The Unicorn), Dick Wittington (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), A Doll’s House (Lyric Theatre, London), Pah-La (Royal Court, London), The Remains Of The Day, Rules for Living (Royal & Derngate, Northampton), Sleeping Beauty (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), The Unreturning [costume design] (Frantic Assembly), Things Of Dry Hours (Young Vic), Snow In Midsummer, The Jew of Malta, The Rape of Lucrece, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), Room (Abbey, Dublin/Theatre Royal, Stratford East, The Grand Theatre, Toronto), Love-Lies-Bleeding (Print Room), Henry V (Tobacco Factory), The Secret Garden (Theatre by the Lake), The Girl on the Train, The Fruit Trilogy, Blake Remixed (Leeds Playhouse), Dublin Carol (Sherman), Broken Biscuits (Paines Plough/Live), Bits of Me Are Falling Apart (Soho), The Solid Life of Sugar Water (National/Theatre Royal, Plymouth), The Sugar Coated Bullets of The Bourgeoisie (HighTide/Arcola), Tomcat (Southwark Playhouse), Jeramee, Hartleby & Ooglemore (Unicorn), Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre), So Here We Are (HighTide/Royal Exchange, Manchester), Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Edge of Our Bodies (Gate Theatre), Yellow Face (Park/NT Shed), Peddling (HighTide/59E59), Happy New (Trafalgar Studios), Ahasverus, The Bullet (Hampstead), Opera Scenes (National Opera Studio), A Season in the Congo, The Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic).

Lighting Designer - Andy Purves

Lighting designer working in theatre, circus and educational projects. Andy trained in sound and lighting engineering at the University of Derby and in lighting design and theatre-making at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Lighting designs include projects made with Frantic Assembly; The Sherman, Cardiff; Secret Cinema; The Young Vic; New Perspectives; Inspector Sands; The Gate; Spymonkey; The Barbican, London; Sydney Theatre Company; Caroline Horton; Northampton Royal; Stan Won’t Dance; Tamasha; Brighton Festival; Annie Siddons; Cartoon de Salvo and the National Theatres of Wales and Scotland.
He designs regularly for The National Centre for Circus Arts, has toured extensively with Propeller and worked on La Clique and La Soiree at The Roundhouse and in the West End.


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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