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Creative Team

Writer - Andy Barrett, Tim Elgood, James Graham, Laura Lomas, Mufaro Makubika, Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon

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 - Rhys Jarman

Rhys was one of the winners of the 2007 Linbury Biennial Prize, for his designs of Varjak Paw for the Opera Group.

For Theatre: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Northern Stage); A Christmas Carol, (Box Clever Theatre Company); The Fairy Queen (Temple Music Foundation); Play Dough, The Noise(Unlimited Theatre/ Northern Stage); Money: The Game Show (Unlimited Theatre/ Bush Theatre); Bach Motets (Spitalfields Festival); Stowaway (Analogue Theatre); Holes(Jamie Hendry Productions/ Arcola Theatre); One Million (Tangled Feet/ Brighton Festival); Institute, Missing, Number 5 (Gecko); The Nutcracker (Nuffield Theatre); Noye’s Fludde (Three Moors Festival); Threeway, Holes (The Invisible Dot); The Secret Garden (Proper Job Theatre); The Barber of Seville (English Touring Opera); Romeo & Juliet (Night Light Theatre); Diary of a Nobody (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); The Sleeper (Welsh National Opera); Mission To Mars (Unlimited Theatre/ Polka) Ludd & Isis, The Bear (Royal Opera House); Time For The Good Looking Boy, Feet First (Boxclever); The Moon: The Moon (Unlimited Theatre/ Southwark Playhouse); Young Autistic & Stagestruck (Lyric Hammersmith/ Channel 4); Catalysta (Oval House); The Country (Tabard) Varjak Paw (The Opera Group); Blink (Fab); Never So Good, Fram, Rafta Rafta, Present Laughter (National Theatre); Bad Girls – The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Desperately Seeking Susan (Novello); Carmen (English National Opera)

For Television: Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol (Cbeebies); Doctor Who (BBC Wales for BBC1); Young Autistic & Stagestruck (Lyric Hammersmith/ Channel 4)

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.

Composer - Tom Mills

Tom has worked extensively as a Composer, Sound Designer, Musical Director, Instrumentalist and Producer on various stage, television, film and live music productions.

Credits include: The Death of A Comedian, The Night Before Christmas, Pastoral, The Boy Who Fell Into A Book, Utopia, Boys, Realism, Mongrel Island, Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness (Soho); The Importance of Being Earnest (West End/Tour); Feed The Beast (Birmingham Rep); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare at The Tobacco Facory); Arabian Nights adventure in learning (Birmingham Rep/Library); Dirty Butterfly, Far Away, A Streetcar Named Desire (Young Vic); Birdland, A Time To Reap (Royal Court); First Encounters of the Taming of The Shrew, Titus Andronicus (Royal Shakespeare Company); Enjoy (West Yorkshire Playhouse); King Lear (Bath) Bottleneck (Hightide);Rock Pool (UK Tour); Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith); The Alchemist (Liverpool Playhouse); Medea (Headlong); The Dark at The Top of The Stairs (Belgrade, Coventry).

Choreographer - Chantry Dance Company

Paul Chantry and Rae Piper are choreographic partners, Co-Artistic Directors ofChantryDance Company, and performers.

Paul’s performance career started after training at Central School of Ballet. After dancing in various contemporary and ballet companies, he has worked closelywith Javier De Frutos onEternal Damnation to Sancho and Sanchez(Sadler’s Wells), and was part of the original and revival casts inThe Most Incredible Thing(Sadler’s Wells). He has performed in numerous opera productions for The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Grange Park Opera, Opera North and English Touring Opera.

Rae has enjoyed an extensive performance career, in which she has performed in London’s West End, regional UK theatres, contemporary ballet companies, and operas for companies including The Royal Opera House. Rae is also an ex-aerial acrobat and ex-contortionist, and has performed at national and international cabaret and circus venues.

Rae and Paul’s choreographic work crosses many genres. InOpera, they have worked for The Royal Opera House, the Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma, Mahogany Opera Group, English Touring Opera and Grange Park Opera. They have choreographedThe Merry WidowandDie Fledermausfor The Royal Festival Hall, and their subsequent revivals for Opera Danube, St John Smith’s Square. Paul and Rae also choreographedThe Magic FluteandLa Traviatafor The Merry Opera Company, with the latter being nominated for Best Opera, by The Off West End Theatre Awards.

InTheatrework, they have choreographed for many regional theatres and companies including the UK Premiere ofThe Last Days of Mankindfor the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Royal. They have also worked internationally in Munich creating choreography forCherry Docswith BeMe Theatre.

TheirDance Theatrework includesAnyone For Teafor award-winning company Les Enfants Terribles, andShadowboxfor BESIX and the Prince of Beligium.

TheirMusicalwork includes choreographingSister ActandOur Housefor Pimlico Opera – both prisons projects. They have enjoyed working with Birmingham Stage Company on a number of productions includingHorrible Histories: Terrible Tudors & Vile Victorians,andHorrible Christmas(UK tours) andTom’s Midnight Garden(The Old Rep, Birmingham and UK tour).

ForChantryDance Company, they have created works including three UK tours, a triple bill in collaboration with Ronald Corp OBE, a major commission for Gravity Fields Festival, and choreography for the Chinese Calligraphy Concert performed on Sadler’s Wells main stage.

Stage Manager - Alyssa Watts

Assistant Stage Manager - Darrell Bracegirdle


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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