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Ben Cutler

Ben trained at the École Philippe Gaulier. His work in theatre includes:The Latke that Wouldnt Stop Screaming (UK Tour) Romeo and Juliet (UK Tour); Macbeth at Harrogate Theatre; Ruins at The Lowry; The Great Gatsby (UK Tour); The Misfits Return at the St James Theatre; Kakiseni Showcase at Temple of Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur; and The Double Bass at Mundolingua, Paris. Films include: Trois Femme; This Way Up.

David Carr

David Carr began his acting career graduating from Central School of Speech and Drama in 1990. Since leaving drama school he has had many theatre roles. Stage has included; 1992, Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Royal National Theatre, Brigitte Panet - 1996, Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet (AMERICAN TOUR) - 1997, King of France, King Lear, Sheffield Crucible Theatre, Deborah Paige - 1998, 48/49 & Brother to Brother, Talawa Theatre Company - 1999-2003, Deadmeat, Comedy of Errorsand Two Tracks and Text me for West Yorkshire Playhouse - 2002, HIPPOLYTE, Sheffield Crucible Theatre, Peter Gill - 2006, Aide Williams, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, New Vic Theatre, Staffordshire, Chris Monks - 2009-2011, Vassiliev, The Drunks, Escalus, Romeo and Juliet, Leodegrance/Accolon/Pelleas Squire/Ambassador , Morte D’Arthur, Charles The Wrestler, As You Like It, Aegon, Comedy of Errors and Ensemble, American Trade for the Royal Shakespeare Company, 2013, Official Understudy of Othello, OTHELLO, National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner, 2014, Owen Wingrave, Aldeburgh Festival, Neil Bartlett and 2014, Owen Wingrave, Aldeburgh Festival, Neil Bartlett. Television roles have included; Heathfield, A Touch of Frost, Doctors, Living It, Family Man, Soldier Soldier, Casualty and several roles in The Bill. David has also played the role of Clive in the film Greenstreet.

Creative Team

Writer - Athol Fugard

Athol Fugard is arguably one of the greatest living dramatic writers. He has worked as a playwright, novelist, poet, actor, director, and teacher.

Born in Middleburgh, South Africa, Fugard's early work is political in nature and is largely written in opposition to the South African system of apartheid, a system of racial segregation enacted by the country's National Party throughout the second half of the 20th century. In 1959, he began to keep notebooks recording his dreams, ideas, observations, poems and stories, giving others insight into the life and process of a theater artist. Some of these notebooks have been published through the Theater Communications Guild while others have been archived at major libraries.

I can't think of a single one of my plays that does not represent a coincidence between an external and an internal event. Something outside of me, outside even my own life, something I read in a newspaper or witness on the street, something I see or hear, fascinates me. I see it for its dramatic potential. that external event affords me the opportunity to deal with what has been building up inside me. - Athol Fugard, Paris Review 1989

Fugard's later plays have tended to focus on personal rather than political issues. Several of Fugard's plays have premiered here at Long Wharf Theatre.

The following is a timeline of his work:

1956 The Cell

1956 Klaas and the Devil

1958 No-good Friday

1959 Nongogo

1961 Blood Knot

1963 People are Living There

1963 The Occupation: A Script for the Camera

1965 Hello and Goodbye

1966 The Coat

1968 Mile Miglia

1968 The Last Bus

1969 Boseman and Lena

1970 Friday's Bread on Monday

1971 Orestes

1972 Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act

1972 Sizwe Bans is Dead

1973 The Island

1975 Dimentos

1978 A Lesson from Aloes

1980 The Drummer

1980 Marigolds in August

1982 Master Harold...and the Boys

1984 The Road to Mecca

1987 A Place with the Pigs: A Personal Parable

1989 My Children! My Africa!

1992 Playland

1994 My Life

1995 Valley Song

1997 The Captain's Tiger: A Memoir for the Stage

2000 The Abbess

2001 Sorrows and Rejoicings

2004 Entrances and Exits

2006 Booitijie and Oubaas

2007 Victory

2007 Visions and Dreams

2009 Coming Home

2009 Have You Seen Us?

2010 The Train Driver

2010 The Blue Tulip

2010 The Blue Iris

2010 The Shadow of the Hummingbird

2011 The Bird Watchers

2013 The Last Karretjie Grave

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 - Hyemi Shin

Hyemi was the overall winner of the 2011 Linbury Prize for Stage Design.
Theatre includes: Morning (Lyric Hammersmith); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lyric Hammersmith/Royal Exchange, Manchester); Viriditas (Queen Elizabeth Hall) and Life’s Witness (Linbury Studio Theatre) Theatre as Costume Designer includes: Desire Under the Elms (Lyric Hammersmith)

Lighting Designer - Azusa Ono

Azusa has been creating lighting designs for various types of shows since she studied fine arts in Japan and trained in lighting design at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Recent design includes: How Nigeria Became... (Unicorn Theatre), The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock (New York 59E59 Theatre): We Are Proud… (Bush Theatre); Copyright Christmas (Barbican Centre); Fanfared (Crucible Sheffield); Choreogata (Southbank Centre); A Song of Love (Gate Theatre). For further information click here.

Sound Designer - Adam McCready (Poetical Machines Ltd)

Adam is a composer and sound designer, originally from Derby but now living in Cheshire.

The Fishermen, Playland, Wasteland, Honeyman, He Wore a Red Hat, Watching the Living, (New Perspectives); My Mother Said I Never Should, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick); The Coram Boy, Holes,The Cherry Orchard, The Glass Menagerie, Arcadia, Any Means Necessary, A Skull in Connermara, How to Breathe, Chicken Soup with Barley (Nottingham Playhouse); Abigail’s Party, The Glee Club (Hull Truck Theatre); One Man Two Guvnors, Beyond Shame, Two, Sweeney Todd (Derby Theatre); Brighton Rock, Noughts & Crosses (Pilot Theatre); The Beautiful Game (Next Door Dance); Call of the Wild (Greenwich Theatre); Getting Better Slowly (Adam Pownall UK Tour); What the Butler Saw, A Streetcar Name Desire, Shiv (Curve, Leicester);The Snow Queen, What Became of the Red Shoes (Little Pixie Productions);Babe, Private Lives, Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, Arsenic and Old Lace, Betty Blue Eyes, The Butterfly Lion, Noises Off, Ascension, Educating Rita (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Dancehall, The Glee Club (Cast, Doncaster).

Film scores: The Grandest of Stages (Next Door Dance), Ashes (Triskelle Pictures).

Twitter: @PoeticalMachine @AdamPMcCready


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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