On Saturday 9 November New Perspectives took over Derby Theatre to celebrate their 40th Anniversary year!
Actors, creative teams, board and staff members past and present celebrated with friends from the wider industry and beyond. Also present were 4 of the 5 original members of the company when it was first set up in 1973 by a group of students at Bretton Hall. The Artistic Director's speech was subversively delivered by actor Gerry Howell - a nod to our hit Edinburgh production The Boss of it All in which Howell plays an actor pretending to be the boss of a Danish company. A great time seemed to be had by all and the shindig was sandwiched between two performances of The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock in the main theatre.
Artistic Director, Jack McNamara had this to say:
New Perspectives was originally formed by a group of graduates wanting to create work collectively, ask searching questions and speak to audiences of all social backgrounds. 40 years on, the company is now the largest touring theatre producer in the East Midlands region. Through the years, it has moved through different phases of leadership, yet always maintaining those same core principles. We have developed a natural and unique relationship with rural communities, who now form the centre of our audience base. The rural environment offers an intimacy, attentiveness and sense of community that can lead to really ground-breaking theatre. It is an exciting time in the life of the company and heartening to know that the spirit of the founding graduates has survived and strengthened over so many years. Today we are proud to be a company reaches new regional theatre audiences by touring the very best of new theatre writing into arts, community and education spaces in towns and villages across the East Midlands.
We also unveiled a very special timeline collecting forty objects from throughout the company's forty year history. The timeline was created as part of the Hidden Collections programme headed by Arts and Humanities Research Council at The University of Nottingham. We hope to be able to make the timeline available online very soon, so watch this space!
As part of the fortieth year celebrations we are also launching a new fundraising appeal to help underpin the vibrancy of future work. Our appeal is targeted to help sustain programmes for emerging theatre makers,
support PhD research into new forms of theatre to present in rurally and to
create impactful work to both inspire and challenge audiences in rural locations.
Executive Director Sally Anne Tye commented:
"Supporters are at the centre of all we do. By creating work to
tour to rural communities we bring theatre closer to audiences. The £1 for £1
match incentive through an Arts Council England Catalyst fundraising award
means there is no better time to support our work. As a theatre lover or rural
champion we invite donations so that we can continue to inspire emerging theatre makers, challenge the ways we
make and present our work and reach audiences who otherwise may not have access
to live theatre"
More information about our fundraising appeal can be found on our website.
We want to know what New Perspectives mean to YOU! What have been your highlights over the past forty years? What productions have you enjoyed? Do have any funny stories or anecdotes? What has been your experience of the company?
To find out more about New Perspectives visit our website
To find out more about our Fundraising Appeal visit our website