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Michael Ajao

Michael recently appeared in Br'er Cotton at Theatre503

"Michael Ajao is superb as the hot-headed, soft-hearted teenage revolutionary, his swagger suggesting an air of adopted certainty..." - Matt Trueman WhatsOnStage

He previously appeared in The Lorax at The Old Vic.

He made his screen debut in Attack at the Block directed by Joe Cornish and also played the role of Corey Draper in Tiger Aspect's Cuffs for BBC. He was recently on tour with the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's production of Lord of the Flies as Maurice following his appearance in Liberian Girl at the Royal Court.

Michael attended the BRIT School.

Valentine Olukoga

Valentine began as a prospect with Synergy Theatre Project. Since his 2012 stage debut in Glengarry Glen Ross at HMP Brixton he has appeared in many theatre productions including Cape (Synergy Theatre Project/ UnicornTheatre) The Suicide (The National Theatre). He is most recognised for his roles as Killer in The Royal Courts Liberian Girl and as Brandon in ITVs Unforgotten.

Creative Team

Writer - Gbolahan Obisesan (adapted from the award-winning book by Chigozie Obioma. )

Director - Jack McNamara

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.

Designer - Amelia Jane Hankin

Amelia trained at RADA and the RSC.

Upcoming design credits include The Comedy of Errors (RSC), Gastronomic (Curious Directive).

Recent design credits include Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok (Royal Exchange Studio Theatre/National tour), Smack That (a conversation) (Barbican), Confidence (Southwark Playhouse), Europe After The Rain (Mercury Theatre), Mixed Brain (Tiata Fahodzi and Paines Plough), The Scar Test (Soho Theatre), Punts (Theatre503), Natives (Southwark Playhouse), PowerPlay (Historic Royal Palaces), Good Dog (Watford Palace Theatre), The Same Deep Water As Me (Guildhall), Rudolf (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Crucible (Guildhall), Torch (Edinburgh Festival), We Are You (Young Vic), Bricks and Pieces (RADA/Latitude), The Neighbourhood Project (Bush Theatre), This is Art (Shakespeare in Shoreditch), The Tiger's Bones(Polka and West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Little Prince (Arcola), Pinter Triple Bill and Dealer's Choice (Guildhall), Night Before Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse,) She Called Me Mother (Tara Arts and National Tour) Fake It ’Til You Make It with Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn (National Tour, Traverse Theatre and Soho Theatre) and 64 Squares with Rhum and Clay (National Tour and Edinburgh Festival).

Lighting Designer - Amy Mae

Amy works across Theatre, Dance, Site Specific and Devised performance.
Amy designed the lighting for the acclaimed ‘Pie Shop’ version of Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which is currently playing at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York. She won the Knight of Illumination Award in 2015 for the London production, and her designs for the New York production have been nominated for the 2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Lighting.

Recent Credits include: Br'er Cotton (Theatre 503), Mountains: The Dreams of lily Kwok (Royal Exchange) and Exploding Circus (Pavilion Theatre, Worthing): Othello, Jeckyll and Hyde and The Host (NYT Rep Season 2017); Half Breed (Talawa - Soho Theatre & Assembly Rooms); Start Swimming (Young Vic/Summerhall Edinburgh); The Ugly One(Park Theatre); Babette's Feast (The Print Room); The Lounge (Soho Theatre); Wordswroth (Theatre By The Lake); Paradise of Assassins (Tara Theatre); Knife Edge (Pond Restaurant, Dalston); Miniaturists 55 (Arcola Theatre);Prize Fights (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art); Orphans (Southwark Playhouse); Macbeth (Italia Conti) I'm Not Here Right Now (Paines Plough's Roundabout and Soho Theatre) Liola (New Diorama Theatre); Children in Uniform, Punk Rock (Tristan Bates Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Harringtons Pie and Mash Shop and West End); The Tree Sisters (Cockpit Theatre); Cat Couture (Music Video); In Bed (London Theatre Workshop); Henry V (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art); Pool, The Gut Girls (Brockley Jack Theatre); The Legacy (The Place).

Programming Credits Include: Jeux (Royal Opera House); Tannhauser (Longborough Festival Opera); Robin Hood (Stratford East Theatre Royal); Lela & Co (The Royal Court); Dirty Butterfly (The Young Vic); Red Forest (The Young Vic).

She was one of the invited speakers at the 2017 Showlight Conference in Florence. Amy trained at RADA on the postgraduate Stage Electrics and Lighting Design course and has a
degree in Stage Management and Performing Arts from the University of Winchester.

Sound Designer - Adam McCready (Poetical Machines Ltd)

Poetical Machines Ltd. create bespoke audio projects for theatre and dance productions, museums and galleries, film, radio and other broadcast media.

Theatre credits include: The Beautiful Game (Next Door Dance); The Glass Menagerie; Any Means Necessary; Dick Whittington; Hare & Tortoise; A Skull in Connemara; Arcadia; How to Breathe; The Ashes (Nottingham Playhouse); A Streetcar Named Desire; Shiv (Curve, Leicester); He Wore a Red Hat; Playland; Watching the Living (New Perspectives); Snow Queen; Madam Owl's Magnificent Menagerie; What became of the Red Shoes; Turned out nice again; Grannyy's Big Top Tale (Little Pixie Productions); Noises Off; Educating Rita; Betty Blue Eyes; Saturday Night and Sunday Morning; (Mercury Theatre); Amateur Girl (Fifth Word); Edward II (BAC); Dancehall; The Glee Club (CAST, Doncaster); The Promise (Wimbledon Theatre); Chicken Soup with Barley (Tricycle Theatre); Taming of the Shrew; Merchant of Venice; The Mountaintop; The Dumb Waiter; A Kind of Alaska (Derby LIVE); Tongues (Tristan Bates Theatre); Love Already (Ovalhouse); The Butterfly Lion (Curve, New Perspectives).

Movement Director - Kitty Winter

Kitty Winter trained at Laban and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
For New Perspectives: The Fishermen, Harvest.
For Pentabus: Wolves are Coming for You, As the Crow Flies, Here I Belong.
Recent movement credits include: The Kite Runner (Nottingham Playhouse/Wyndham’s/UK tour); Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, A Christmas Carol, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Derby Theatre); Blood (Tamasha/ Belgrade Theatre Coventry); Cinemusical, Cinemusical High (Laurence Owen/Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh); Rapunzel, Jack, Tom’s Midnight Garden (Nottingham Playhouse); Tiny Treasures, The Night Pirates (Theatre Hullabaloo); The Dog House, Puss in Boots, Women on the Verge of HRT (Derby LIVE); Roots (Mercury Theatre Colchester); Ghandi, Coconuts (Kali/Arcola); Dick Turpin’s Last Ride (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds).
Recent directing credits include: Feet First, Car Story (Box Clever); Spinning Yarns, FIVE (Theatre Hullabaloo/Theatre Direct, Canada); Whose Shoes? (Nottingham Playhouse); Awaking Durga (Kali/Soho).
For her own company WinterWalker Kitty has directed: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Watermans Arts Centre); Three Keepers (UK tour); Come to the Circus (Déda, Derby); The Beast of Belper (Belper Arts Festival).


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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