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Mark Jardine

After training at the East 15 School of Acting, Mark made his professional debut in the national tour of Grease playing the role of Kenickie. He followed this with Oklahoma at the Liverpool Playhouse and then national tours and West End runs of the musicals Patsy Cline and Blood Brothers. More recently, he has toured in the one-man show How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup for New Perspectives and Bugle Boy – the Glenn Miller Story for David Wilder productions. Other roles include Tom in Table Manners, Mr. Thomas in The Famous Five, the titular role in The Wizard of Oz at the Wales Millennium Centre, Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Chelmsford Civic Theatre and Calum Baxter in No Fat Juliets at the Dukes Lancaster and Oldham Coliseum. Mark has been part of the Lichfield Garrick Theatre Company where he has played Judd in Bouncers, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot and Landlord in Jim Cartwright’s Two. He also has a strong association with Nottingham Playhouse where he has played Mr. Jardine in Forever Young, Aslaksen in Ibsen’s The League of Youth, Slim in Of Mice & Men and Danny in Garage Band – a role he recently reprised at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

Jack Wilkinson

Jack's theatre credits include Twelfth Night (Shakespeare's Globe), King Lear (Northern Broadsides), Larisa and the Merchants (Arcola Theatre), David Copperfield (Oldham Coliseum), Deadkidsongs (Theatre Royal, Bath), Close the Coalhouse Door (Northern Stage/Tour), The Good Soul of Szechuan (Palace Theatre, Watford) and A Man for All Seasons (Sheffield Cathedral). Television including Marvellous, Doctors and Holby City and Jack appeared in the film The Love Punch for Forecast Pictures.

Creative Team

Writer - David Rudkin (based on the classic ghost story by M. R. James)

David Rudkin is a stage and TV dramatist, screenwriter, opera librettist and translator. He emerged in the 1960's as one of the country's ground-breaking voices, with his visionary play Afore Night Come for the RSC. He has been described by the Observer as "Britain's greatest living dramatic poet."

Original stage works include Afore Night Come, written 1960 (first staged 1962, RSC dir. Clifford Williams); The Sons of Light 1964-65 (revised and first staged 1975, Newcastle Playhouse dir. Keith Hack; in further revision, RSC, dir. Ron Daniels); Ashes 1972 (first staged in German, Hamburg 1973; in English, London Open Space Theatre, dir. Pam Brighton 1975); The Triumph of Death 1976 (first staged 1981, Birmingham Repertory Theatre Studio, dir. Peter Farago); Hansel and Gretel (RSC, dir. Ron Daniels 1978); The Saxon Shore 1983 (first staged 1986, Almeida Theatre, dir. Pierre Audi); John Piper in the House of Death 1984 (revised and first staged 1991, London Central School of Speech and Drama, dir. Nick Mahon); Will's Way (RSC 1984, dir. Alison Sutcliffe). More recent credits include Red Sun, commissioned for AJTC two-man touring company (dir. Geoff Bullen, first toured 2003); adaptation of Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita for National Youth Theatre (dir. John Hoggarth, 2004). New Perspectives premiered the stage play The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock in a co-production with Leicester Curve in 2012; the production subsequently transferred to New York in 2014. The company went on to record an audio series under the banner PlacePrints.

Director - Theresa Keogh

Associate Director at New Perspectives, most recently directing Unforgettable (2015). Past productions as director includeThis Place(New Perspectives 2015),Behind Closed Doors(New Perspectives 2014),Due Course(New Perspectives 2013),rehearsed readings ofThe Man UpstairsandBlue Moonas part of NEAT festival 2014 (Nottingham Playhouse) and as assistant directorSomething Blue(2014) andThe Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock(National Tour 2013 and Brits Off Broadway, New York 2014).Theresa graduated from De Montfort University with a MA in Scriptwriting. She also achieved the Creative Exchange diploma in directing and is agraduateof the Creative England Talent Programme.

Designer - Cecilia Carey

Cecilia is a set and costume designer and trained at the Motley Theatre Design Course. She has designed for many theatres including the Almeida, Young Vic, Sadler's Wells, Southwark Playhouse and the Old Vic Tunnels. Less traditional venues include the Severn Valley Railway steam trains, The Village Underground and the underground passages of Welbeck Abbey. Cecilia was awarded a Scotman's 'Fringe First' for 'Pioneer' with Curious Directive. She is currently working on upcoming shows at The Ambassadors Theatre for the National Youth Theatre's 60th celebratory season.

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 (Poetical Machines Ltd)

Adam is a composer and sound designer, originally from Derby and 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

Stage Manager - Jo James


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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A 10-part audio series by visionary writer David Rudkin
THE SPIRIT trilogy online
as part of BAC Going Digital
View the trilogy is online this week through to 12 July
A drama in six postcards

SHHH...AKESPEARE online workshop
Macbeth retold - online here now!

Stage premiere based on the book by Janet Frame

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Our latest venture shows a novel way of reaching isolated rural audiences through a six-part drama written on a series of specially designed postcards. Find out more
Announcing the release of our epic audio series. Starring Toby Jones, Josie Lawrence,  Michael Pennington Steven Rea,  Juliet Stevenson, among many others, PlacePrints, by the maverick writer David Rudkin, tells the haunted stories of ten locations across the UK Find out more

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