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Behind Closed Doors: 9 East Midlands Artists Premiere 4 New Plays as Part of Emerging Perspectives Company

01 July 2014

We are delighted to present the Emerging Perspectives Company tour of Behind Closed Doors from Tuesday 1 - Saturday 5 July 2014.

This year's Emerging Perspectives (EP) Company, are a group of 12 East Midlands theatre-makers and writers in the early stages of their careers. The company have been led by Theresa Keogh, and supported by Dramaturg William Drew and New Perspectives' Artistic Director Jack McNamara, through a 10 month practical programme including workshops and master-classes - culminating in this 5 date tour.

Behind Closed Doors features 4 new short plays, written and performed by the EP Company and will tour to 5 East Midlands venues from Tuesday 1 - Saturday 5 July: Manton Village Hall, Rutland (Tue 1 July), Guildhall Theatre, Derby (Wed 2 July), Create Theatre, Mansfield (Thu 3 July),  Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham (Fri 4 July) and Thurgarton Village Hall, Nottinghamshire (Sat 5 July).

Meet a woman forced to steal her lover's heart. Walk into the home where dreams become reality and reality is transformed to nightmares. Join the enemies adapting to new roles. And step into the factory where building a future means demolishing relationships.

The 4 EP writers are: Emily Holyoake from Derby, Rob Wileman who lives in Chesterfield, Newark-based Kelly Poucher and Rob Turnock who lives in Nottingham. They are joined by performers: John Tissiman, who is currently studying at Northampton University, Mia Johnson from St. Ann's in Nottingham and Louise White and Caitlin Drabble, who are also from Nottingham. Assistant Director Charlotte Bond is from Leicester. Nottingham based actor Lee Rufford will join the cast out on tour.

Behind Closed Doors is directed by Theresa Keogh working with New Perspectives on a 10 month attachment as Trainee Director and designed by Emma Pegg, a participant in last year's programme.

'Derby LIVE is very pleased to be working with New Perspectives again on the Emerging Perspectives project. For Derby LIVE as an arts organisation, it is a business imperative as well as a moral responsibility to help provide opportunities and support for theatre makers of the future. The Emerging Perspectives project is fantastic opportunity to do just that' - Peter Ireson, Head of Culture and Business Development, Derby LIVE

"This company of talented East Midlands based actors and writers have been working together over the best part of a year, developing a true sense of ensemble. The result of our current company's work is Behind Closed Doors; a mosaic of four short plays reflecting the passions and concerns of an exciting generation of new artists from this region. The doors are open. Come and see what they have to say" - Jack McNamara, Artistic Director, New Perspectives

New Perspectives is committed to deepen the impact the company has on emerging talent in the region and details of how to be part of next year's programme will be available via soon.

For more information about the Emerging Perspectives Company and Behind Closed Doors visit:

Emerging Perspectives is generously supported by the D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and Earnest Cook Trust.




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.  
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