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Scott Oswald

Trained at Rose Bruford College and with the NYT Rep Company. Theatre Credits: Scrub a Dub (Half Moon Theatre); The Seed - The Burning Gardens (Goat and Monkey); Charlotte's Web (Watershed Productions); The Lamplighters (Boys of the Empire Productions); Little bit of Dickens (Shred Productions); Owen Wingrave (Aldeburgh Music). Credits whilst in the NYT Rep Company: Mrs Dalloway (Ambassadors Theatre); Jekyll and Hyde (Ambassadors Theatre); Othello (Frantic Assembly/Ambassadors Theatre). Radio Credits: Angel Pavement (BBC); Fact Up(On Soap) Scott is also a writer and improviser. He performs improv regularly with: Jack Left Town (@JLTimprov); Gilbert & Oswald (@GilbertOswald); and with The Free Association house team Night Bus ( He also co-writes and directs for the sketch group Spilt Milk (@SpiltMilkSketch)

Michelle Cornelius

Theatre credits: Sweet Charity (Manchester Royal Exchange) Last Dream on Earth (National Theatre of Scotland) Rites (workshop, National Theatre of Scotland) Romeo & Juliet (Custom Practice) The Immortal Hour (Finborough Theatre) Prize Fighter-Workshop (Tobacco Factory) Macbeth (S4K UK & UAE Tour) Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour (Australia & UK) Avenue Q (Original UK Tour) The Enchanted Pig at The Royal Opera House and The New Victory Theatre, New York City, (The Young Vic ROH2 &The Opera Group) Stiles and Drewe's Peter Pan (West Yorkshire Playhouse) South Pacific (UK Tour) Vagina Monologues (Henley Festival) The Genius of Ray Charles (USA Tour) Dancing In The Streets (UK Tour) Elton John and Tim Ricess AIDA (Disney Theatrical) HAIR (Raimaund Theatre,Vienna) Carmen (O2 Arena) Gaddafi A Living Myth (English National Opera) Mozart's Mitridate Re Di Ponte (Royal Opera House) Porgy & Bess (Bregenz Festival, Austria) Aida (Earl's Court, London) Mozart's Idomeneo (Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp). Television credits: Whitney and Bobby Addicted to Love, Andrew Lloyd Webber 40 Musical Years, Being Human, Commercial Campaign Model for Ford Focus, Eurovision Song Contest (Birmingham NEC). Music videos in which Michelle has appeared include Kylie, Gabrielle, Jamiroquai, Lionel Ritchie and Claire Maguire. Dance training: The Rambert School for Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

Ed Thorpe

Ed graduated from the Actor Musician course at Rose Bruford College in 2013. Theatre credits: Winnie and Wilbur (Birmingham Rep); Bicycle Boy (HE Productions); Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan (Theatre Royal Winchester); Storylab (Tricycle/Kiln Theatre); Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny, Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles (York Theatre Royal); Tiny Dynamite (Wise Child Theatre); The Tigers Bones and other stories (New Perspectives); Alice in Wonderland, Far From The Madding Crowd, Peter Pan (The Watermill Theatre); Georges Marvellous Medicine, Toms Midnight Garden (Birmingham Stage Company); Hood: The Legend Continues (Nottingham Theatre Royal/New Perspectives); Wind in the Willows (The Lord Chamberlains Men) and Novemberunderground (Burning Oak Theatre Company).

Creative Team

Writer - Jack McNamara (adapted for stage from the classic children's picture book by John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway. With music by James Atherton )

Jack has been Artistic Director of New Perspectives since September 2012. Productions for the company include The Boss of It All by Lars von Trier (Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh & Soho Theatre); The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock by David Rudkin (Brits off Broadway, New York & UK tour); Him With His Foot In His Mouth by Saul Bellow and Watching the Living by Jane Upton adapted from two Daphne du Maurier short stories (both UK tours); HOOD(150th Anniversary Commission, Nottingham Theatre Royal) and Darkness Darkness (Nottingham Playhouse co-production). Plays for children and family audiences include The Tiger's Bones and Other Stories (UK tour) and most recently The Giant Jam Sandwich (UK tour & Edinburgh), Harvest(regional tour), The Fishermen (Edinburgh and tour) and Sisyphus (BE Festival, Mess Award winner).

Previous productions as director include Exterminating Angel (Basement Brighton/ Pleasance Edinburgh/ UK tour); Texts for Nothing by Samuel Beckett (The Rest is Noise Festival, Southbank Centre); The Word for Snow by Don DeLillo (London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre); Malaise Trio (Camden People's Theatre); Instructions for John Howell by Julio Cortazar (Nursery Festival); Betrayal by Harold Pinter (Nuffield, Southampton); The Blind by Maurice Maeterlinck (Arcola Theatre); Lucid Dreams for Higher Living (Underbelly, Edinburgh); Valparaiso by Don DeLillo (Old Red Lion); A Cool Million by Nathanael West (Underbelly, Edinburgh); Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (Warwick Arts Centre).

Previously Jack was Assistant Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company and director on attachment at the Nuffield Theatre Southampton under the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme. Independently Jack continues to make experimental theatre through his company Future Ruins and directs Love Lies Bleeding by Don DeLillo at the Printroom in November 2018.

Director - Jack McNamara

Designer - Amy Jane Cook

Theatre credits include: Insignificance, St Nicholas (Theatr Clwyd), To Dream Again (Clwyd/Polka), The 8th (UK tour/Paines Plough), Mudlarks (The Bush/ HighTide Festival), Medea, W11 (The Gate), 65 Miles, Once Upon a Time in Wigan (Hull Truck/Paines Plough), Hamlet (Young Vic/Maria Theatre), 66 Books, Flooded Grave, Where’s My Seat? (The Bush), The Water Engine (Old Vic Tunnels), Insomnia Season (The Other Room), Insignificance (The Langham, New York), Almost Maine (The Park Theatre), The Separation (Project Arts Centre, Dublin/Theatre 503). Winner of Best Design at The Wales Theatre Awards 2017.

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 - James Atherton

James studied classical piano with Colin Yeoman for 6 years and then completed a degree at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre as composer/musical director includes: Around the World in Eighty Days (New Vic Theatre, Kenny Wax Productions, National Tour); The Giant Jam Sandwich, The Tigers Bones (New Perspectives - National Tours); ’Tis Written In The Stars (Oldham Theatre Workshop); Fight Like A Girl (Youth Music Theatre UK); The Snow Queen, Peter Pan in Scarlet, Kiss Me Quickstep (The New Vic Theatre); Robin Hood & Marian, the Hoard Festival, The Borrowers,The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Stones in His Pockets (The New Vic Theatre); The Tragical Tale of Romeus and Juliet (Oldham Coliseum); Bedtime Stories (Upswing at Stratford Circus); Eyam (Eyam Church and Oldham Coliseum); The Little Mermaid (Oldham Coliseum); Phoenix From the Flames (Olympic torch relay); Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan,The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,The Garden and Don’t Turn My Life Into a Musical – the Musical (The New Vic Theatre) Miss Interpreted (Square Chapel, Halifax); Stanley’s Stick (Manchester Literature Festival); According To Brian Haw (Riverside Studios).

Television as composer includes: Tales From the National Parks,The Lives of Gandhi, Around the World in 80 Faiths, Olaudah Equiano, Greater Love Hath No Man and Brick Lane (BBC); Survivors,Tonight with Trevor McDonald and Kenny Everett: Licence to Laugh (ITV1); The Unseen Eric Morecambe (Channel 4); Roger to the Rescue (Cosgrove Hall); Colleen’s Secrets (Channel 5) and All in the Game, starring Ray Winstone (Film4).
James is currently writing the score to The Ramshackle House for Upswing Theatre Company.
James is also the artistic director of the renowned Oldham Theatre Workshop.

Movement Director - Tom Dale

Tom Dale graduated from Laban winning the centre’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, danced with leading choreographers and companies including Mathew Bourne’s Adventures in Motion Pictures before focusing on creating his own work and forming Tom Dale Company. It is here that Tom is able to pursue his artistic vision bringing together artists to collaborate on bold, exciting, innovative projects that interrogate art in motion and have a particular synergy with the digital arts and electronic music.

As well as creating all of the companies work to date, including critically acclaimed pieces Rise, I Infinite, Refugees of the Lost Heart and Digitopia, Tom has created A New Chimera for Fertile Ground, Dark Clouds are Smouldering into Red with Sinfonia Viva, Subterrania part of (In the Dust) for 2Faced Dance Company, Dance Please produced by TPO/Crying Out Loud/Theatre Is and I am a believer for Artist Reza Aramesh.

Tom also leads educational projects throughout the UK and internationally, worked with Sinfonia Viva, all of the UK’s major conservatoires for dance and for National Centres for Advanced Training.


New Perspectives is an East Midlands based national touring theatre company, with a specialty in creating dynamic performances for rural audiences. We make ambitious and original theatre, focusing on new writing, adaptations and revivals, which we present in community settings and venues nationally and internationally. We provide career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and manage the rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts . 

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