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Gracy Goldman

Gracy Goldman trained at RADA Theatre credits include: Square Rounds (Proud Haddock/Finborough Theatre), Richard II, The Winter's Tale, The Tempest, Pericles (RSC), Antony and Cleopatra (Liverpool Playhouse), Dream of the Dog (Trafalgar Studios), Good People (English Speaking Theatre), Great Expectations (The New Vic), You Cant Take It With You (Southwark Playhouse), Chasing the Moment (Arcola Theatre), Invisible (Transport Theatre), The Tempest (Bury-St Edmunds), Beautiful Thing (Curve). TV credits include: Quiz directed by Stephen Frears, Year & Years series creator Russell T Davis, Sense8 (season 2) series creator Lana Wachowski, Holby City (guest lead), Doctors (guest lead), Doctor Who, Casualty (guest lead), The Bill (guest lead), Ruth Rendell Mysteries (guest lead) and the German drama series Auf Eigene Gefahr (guest lead). Film credits include: Mary (Proper Charlie Productions), The Plant (BBC)

Rachel Summers

Rachel Summers trained and received a Masters in Screen Acting at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. She has worked with classical actor and director Jeffery Kissoon in Dare To Dare at the Space Theatre and performed in the Feature film Calloused Hands with American Actor Andre Royo. Summers has also voiced for animations for charity WorldVision UK; comedy shorts for Comedy Central and television commercials for ISME, Barclays, Jacqueline Wilson books and featured in an Amazon Commercial, Volvic and Shell Commercial. One of Summers highlights was performing in the one woman show The Sun, The Moon and Stars at the Yard Theatre for the Live Drafts festival. Her Other features include: This Islands Mine, Kings Head Theatre; Conundrum, Arcola Theatre; Mastering Business, Stockwell Playhouse; Don Quixote in Algiers, White Bear Theatre; MacBeth, Cockpit Theatre, Blue Soup, Red Lion Theatre and Love Isnt Enough, Kiln Theatre (formally Tricycle Theatre) TV Credits include: The Nevers

Sharla Smith

Sharla Smith is a London based Actress and Writer. Graduating from ALRA Drama School, Sharla went on to write and perform her one woman show Perception-ism - which was performed at Talawa Firsts, Brockley Jack and as part of the United Solo festival in New York City. Credits Include: Theatre 503: Jouvert (2019), Bernie Grant Arts Centre: Race Today Showcase (2019), Lyric Hammersmith: The Big Enormous Present (2019), Arcola Theatre: Our Tower (2018), London Film: Gal & E (2018), The National Theatre: Black Spoken Identites Platform - White Superiority (2018) Sharla also performs spoken word and has Sharla Reviews a Theatre blog site.

Creative Team

Writer - debbie tucker green

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 - Maxwell Nicholson-Lailey

Max initially trained as a dancer at Rambert School in West London, choreographing pieces performed at Sadlers Wells and the Royal Opera House. He then successfully gained a Masters Degree in Costume Design from London College of Fashion. He then went on to be shortlisted as one of the twelve finalists for the 2017 Linbury Prize for Stage Design and was a recipient of the Royal Opera House bursary 2018. Most recently he has been nominated for 2019 Stage Debut Awards Best Designer for his work on Huddleat the Unicorn Theatre. His work spans through contemporary dance, opera, theatre and performance art.

His design credits include: Cabildo (Arcola Theatre, Grimeborn 2019) There Won’t Be Glitter (The Place), Huddle(Unicorn Theatre), Lot’s of Varied Expectations (The Rosemary Branch Theatre)

Associate and Assistant work: Assistant Costume Designer Spice World UK Tour (Spice Girls, 2019), assistant costume designerCurtains (UK Tour, 2019), design assistant La Cenerentola (Irish Opera, 2019), design assistant Amelie(Watermill Theatre, 2019).

Lighting Designer - Bethany Gupwell

Bethany Gupwell studied Lighting Design at The Royal Central school of speech and drama. Lighting Design credits include; Queen of The Mist (Charing Cross Theatre), Wonder Winterland (Soho Theatre), Keep Watching (New Diorama), Bobby & Amy (Vaults Festival 2019), Zorba (Performance Preparation Academy), Immersive dining experience The Great Christmas Feast (The Ugly Duck), Sweet Like Chocolate, Boy (Brockley Jack), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Royal Central), #Dr@cula (The Leicester Curve), Free (Royal Central).

Associate and Re-lighting credits include; The Rite of Spring - Seeta Patel (2019 Tour), Black Men Walking (Bernie Grants Art Centre), The Phlebotomist (Hampstead Theatre), Seussical (Southwark Playhouse), Dust (Trafalgar Studios), Heartbreak House (Union Theatre), Carmen (Union Theatre).

Assistant roles include; Come from Away (Phoenix Theatre), Beginners (Unicorn Theatre), Lighting Intern on Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre), Beacons (Park Theatre), Natives (Southwark Playhouse).

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


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.

As a registered charity (no. 1058309), your support can make a real difference... Find out more
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THE SPIRIT trilogy online
as part of BAC Going Digital
from 9 June 2020
A 10-part audio series by visionary writer David Rudkin

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

Stage premiere based on the book by Janet Frame

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