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The Boss Of It All

Cast

Josie Lawrence

Josie Lawrence is an award winning British stage and television actress. Josie could recently be seen playing Agnes Nutter in the Amazon/BBC Studios series Good Omens. Her numerous other television credits include; Stella, Humans, You Have Been Watching with Meera Syal, The Kennedys, Jonathan Creek, Robin Hood, EastEnders, Minder, Skins, Doctors, The Old Curiosity Shop, Casualty, Holby City, Wizards and Aliens, The Last Detective, Josie, A Many Splintered Thing, Keen Eddie, Outside Edge, Fat Friends, The Flint Street Nativity, SWALK, Lunch in the Park with Paul Merton, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Downwardly Mobile, Bills New Frock, Absolutely Fabulous, The Green Man, Miss Marple, Poirot, Not With A Bang, Friday Night Live, The Complete Guide to Parenting. On stage, her extensive credits include; Sylvie Domingo in Our Lady of Blundellsands (Liverpool Everyman), Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), Sarah Bernhardt in Edmond de Bergerac (Birmingham Rep & National Tour), the title role in Mother Courage (Southwark Playhouse), Madeleine in Amedee (Birmingham Rep), Hapgood in Hapgood (Birmingham Rep), Agnetha in Frozen, Doll Common in The Alchemist (National Theatre), Loves-Lies-Bleeding (Coronet Printroom), Anna in The King and I (London Palladium), Bonnie in Acorn Antiques The Musical (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Alarms and Excursions (Gielgud), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Exchange, Manchester Evening News Best Actress Award), Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeares Globe), Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Tatyanna in Tatyanna (Nottingham Playhouse), Moll in Moll Flanders (Lyric Hammersmith), Valued Friends (Hampstead), Passionaria (Newcastle Playhouse), Carmen in Carmen (Octagon Bolton), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Adelphi and London Palladium). For the Royal Shakespeare Company, Josie has played Madame Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, Helen of Troy in Faust, Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard, and Kate in The Taming of The Shrew (Dame Peggy Ashcroft Award for Best Actress). Films include; Finding Your Feet, Enchanted April, The American Way, The Sin Eater, Round Ireland with a Fridge, Bonobo and A Clever Woman, a completely improvised full length film that will be out later this year. Josie is a member of the improvisation group The Comedy Store Players, and created the all-female improv group The Glenda J Collective. She is also a regular guest on Radio 4's Just A Minute. For more information, please visit www.intertalentgroup.com

Ross Armstrong

Ross trained at RADA. Theatre credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC/Garsington Opera), Oppenheimer (RSC), The Shoemaker's Holiday (RSC), Oppenheimer [Workshop] (RSC), The Boss Of It All (Soho Theatre & Assembly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013), The Deep Blue Sea (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Anthony and Cleopatra (Liverpool Everyman), Hamlet (Donmar Warehouse/Broadway), Cyrano De Bergerac (Chichester Festival Theatre), The White Devil (Menier Chocolate Factory), Hapgood (Birmingham Rep), Henry V (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Maids (Warwick University), A Cool Million (Warwick University), The Witch (Warwick University), Nicholas Nickleby (National Youth Theatre), Kes (National Youth Theatre), The Master And Margarita (National Youth Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Stage 2 Youth Theatre), The Double Dealer (RADA), Machinal (RADA), Richard III (RADA), A Month In The Country (RADA), As You Like It (RADA), Faust (RADA), Alcestis (RADA), Philaster (RADA), An Ideal Husband (RADA). Television credits include: Pennyworth (Warner Horizon/Epix), The Letter For The King (FilmWave/Netflix), Chernobyl (HBO/Sky), Will (TNT), Ripper Street Series 4 (BBC), Our World War [Interactive] (BBC), WPC 56 Series 2 (BBC), Jonathan Creek 2013 (BBC), Love & Marriage (Tiger Aspect), Foyle's War Series 8 (ITV), Mr Selfridge (ITV), Doctors (BBC), DCI Banks (Left Bank Pictures), Titanic (Deep Indigo/ITV), Spooks (Kudos). Film credits include: Decoy Bride (Decoy Productions LTD), Invisible Eyes (HiDe Fims).

David Alade

David Alade was born in South-East London and raised in Peckham. David has a BA(Hons) in Drama and Theatre Studies from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and has also studied at Identity School of Acting. During his time there he played Claudius in Hamlet playing at the Mumford Theatre. In his final year, he won the Major Prize for Best Dissertation. He featured in BRIT Award winning Stormzy's Gang Signs and Prayer short film/music video directed by Rollo Jackson, in which he played the lead role, Thomas. He then opened his own production company (Sunny Production) and wrote and starred in Fox Hunting which obtained 5 and 4 star reviews. He recently starred in New Perspectives production in The Fishermen, in Edinburgh, the West End and in Canterbury.

Angela Bain

Trained at Rose Bruford College. Earlier this year Angela toured with Pilot theatre in their production of Brighton Rock. Previous to this she performed for a second time with Northern Broadsides, in The Grand Gesture. Other credits include Made in Dagenham (Queens Theatre Hornchurch and New Wolsey Ipswich) The Snow Queen (The Royal Theatre Northampton),A Man of No Importance (Salisbury Playhouse), Heidi - A Goats Tale(Egg Studio, Theatre Royal Bath), Where Have I been All My Life? Far From The Madding Crowd, I Dont Want to Set the World on Fire, Inherit The Wind, and Big Maggie (The New Vic Theatre Stoke), A Dolls House, Romeo and Juliet, The Diary Of Mrs Pepys, The Miracle Tour, The Cherry Orchard, Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Cheltenham Everyman Theatre). The Percy French Letters (Kilburn Tricycle). Strawberry Fields (Pentabus Theatre), One For the Record (Forest Forge Theatre Co.), Grimm Tales (Manchester Library Theatre), Around The World in Eighty Days (Keswick Theatre By the Lake), Pinocchio (Regents Park Theatre), Old King Cole (Cochrane Theatre London) Lords and Ladies and Gilgamesh (The London Bubble Theatre), Second From Last in the Sackrace (Harrogate Theatre) The Nativity (Bolton Octagon), Oh Mr Brunel! (Show of Strength Theatre), The Grapes of Wrath, The Wizard of Oz, Dangerous Corner (Birmingham Rep Theatre), Forward (Birmingham Rep Studio),Much Ado About Nothing, Robin Hood, The Winters Tale (The Dukes Theatre Lancaster), The Nun (Greenwich Studio Theatre) and On Your Way Riley (York Theatre Royal). TV: Lost in the Outback and Colliding Lives both for The Discovery Channel. Films: Mary Queen of Scots (Working Title Films) London Road (BBC/Cuba Films) Hot Hot Hot (Samsa Films Luxembourg). She provided the voice of Katchia for Agogo Films animated series Howdi Gaudi.

Rachel Summers

Rachel trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and ALRA Theatre includes Upstart Crow (West End); trade (New Perspectives); This Island's Mine (King's Head Theatre; Dare To Do (Kazimba Theatre/Space); Til We Meet In England (Lost Text/Found Space); Flush (Matchstick Theatre); Mastering Business (Condor Theatre Company); Don Quixote In Algiers (White Bear Theatre); Top Of The Shop (Streatham Hill Theatre); Ex-Periences (Lost Theatre). Film includes The Birthday Party, A Round Friend, Calloused Hands, Hashtag Riot, Coven, I Didn't Want That, Binding By Default. Television includes Waiting (Comedy Central), The Nevers (HBO/Roundabout productions).

Yuriko Kotani

Yuriko Kotani is a UK-based Japanese comedian, who began performing stand-up in 2014. She was named as ‘one to watch’ by Time Out and won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2015. Yuriko appeared on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, in BBC Three’s Pls Like, CBBC's The Dog Ate My Homework, Channel 4's Big Juice and Paul Hollywood Eats Japan. On radio, she was on The Comedy Club (BBC Radio 4 Extra), BBC World Service's The Arts Hour International New Year Comedy Celebration, The Verb (BBC Radio 3), Loose Ends (BBC Radio 4) and BBC Radio Wales Breakfast. She also worked with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to make videos for Rugby World Cup 2019, detailing her top tips for rugby fans travelling to Japan. Quote "leftfield rising star" - Time Out Edinburgh Fringe 2019 review Yuriko’s Edinburgh 2019 show, "Somosomo", was Guardian's recommended show and 2Northdown's Top Ten Picks. "A brilliantly performed, well-structured & wonderfully unique set." ★★★★★ Fringebiscuit "A must-see full of heart, passion and laughs." ★★★★ Broadway Baby "A superb show that leaves the audience feeling inspired and hopeful" ★★★★ Wee Review "...genuinely hilarious and I will never look at the term ‘ish’ in quite the same way again." ★★★★ Clownstar Awards Winner: BBC New Comedy Award 2015 Winner: Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Award 2015 Second place: So You Think You're Funny 2015 Third Place: Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2015 Nominee: Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2016 Nominee: The 99 Club Comedy Bursary 2019

Jamie de Courcey

Jamie trained at RADA. Recently he played Richmond and Sir Robert Brackenbury in Richard III (Arcola Theatre/Clásicos en Alcalá) and Trofimov in The Cherry Orchard (Nottingham Playhouse). Jamie played Dr Rank in A Doll’s House, Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations, Algernon in The Importance Of Being Earnest, Syme in 1984 and Benvolio and Raymond in Doctor Faustus (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester). He played Maurice Tabret in The Sacred Flame (English Touring Theatre) and Eric Birling in An Inspector Calls (National Tour), the Porter and 3rd Witch in Macbeth (Arcola Theatre), Japhet and Sparks in A Voyage Round My Father (Donmar Warehouse) and Devenish in the 20th Anniversary production of Another Country (Arts Theatre). Other theatre credits include: Jardine in The Ashes (Nottingham Playhouse), Stan in Sold and Johnny in Decade (Theatre503), Johnnie Littlejohn in Hangover Square and Edward Churt in This Was A Man (Finborough Theatre), John in Alphabetical Order (Salisbury Playhouse), Faulkland in The Rivals (Theatre Royal, Bath UK Tour), Rosencrantz in Hamlet (Northampton’s Theatre Royal), the Red Knight and Duckworth in Alice In Wonderland (Royal Shakespeare Company), Nick Skeres in The School Of Night (Chichester Festival), Edward Sergeant in David Hare’s Skylight (Harrogate Theatre) and John Begley in David Hare’s Plenty (Almeida Theatre at the Albery). Jamie’s film credits include Say My Name, The Theatre, Vincent in Van Gogh, A New Way Of Seeing, the adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful and Harvey "Doc” Postlethwaite in Rush, directed by Ron Howard. Television credits include Vera, Taboo, The Crown, The Tunnel II, Downton Abbey, Foyle’s War, Poirot, Midsomer Murders and, for the BBC, The Way We Live Now. Jamie is delighted to be working with New Perspectives again, having appeared in their productions, A Fortunate Man and The Man Without A Past last year.

Creative Team

Writer - by Lars Von Trier, in an adpatation by Jack McNamara

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 - Lily Arnold

Theatre includes: I, Cinna The Poet, Aesop’s Fables (The Unicorn), Dick Wittington (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), A Doll’s House (Lyric Theatre, London), Pah-La (Royal Court, London), The Remains Of The Day, Rules for Living (Royal & Derngate, Northampton), Sleeping Beauty (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), The Unreturning [costume design] (Frantic Assembly), Things Of Dry Hours (Young Vic), Snow In Midsummer, The Jew of Malta, The Rape of Lucrece, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), Room (Abbey, Dublin/Theatre Royal, Stratford East, The Grand Theatre, Toronto), Love-Lies-Bleeding (Print Room), Henry V (Tobacco Factory), The Secret Garden (Theatre by the Lake), The Girl on the Train, The Fruit Trilogy, Blake Remixed (Leeds Playhouse), Dublin Carol (Sherman), Broken Biscuits (Paines Plough/Live), Bits of Me Are Falling Apart (Soho), The Solid Life of Sugar Water (National/Theatre Royal, Plymouth), The Sugar Coated Bullets of The Bourgeoisie (HighTide/Arcola), Tomcat (Southwark Playhouse), Jeramee, Hartleby & Ooglemore (Unicorn), Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre), So Here We Are (HighTide/Royal Exchange, Manchester), Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Edge of Our Bodies (Gate Theatre), Yellow Face (Park/NT Shed), Peddling (HighTide/59E59), Happy New (Trafalgar Studios), Ahasverus, The Bullet (Hampstead), Opera Scenes (National Opera Studio), A Season in the Congo, The Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic).

Welcome

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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NEWS

The cast of Lars von Trier's office comedy The Boss Of It All to be joined by a different special guest for each performance including Le Gateau Chocolat, Neil Hamburer and Gemma Whelan Find out more
 
Josie Lawrence heads the cast of The Boss Of It All  by Lars von Trier in an adaptation by Jack McNamara to be live-streamed 18 20 September. Find out more

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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