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New Perspectives Theatre Company has been through a number of changes in its name and location during its forty year history, on its way to being the company that is producing exciting touring work today. Visiting community venues and theatres across the Midlands and beyond, including productions transferring to New York; currently under the artistic leadership of Jack McNamara.

The origins of the company can be traced to 1972 when 5 drama graduates set up a Theatre in Education (TIE) programme. The five founding members Dave Johnston, Colin Hicks, Richard Pinner, Christopher Vine and Carol Leader all gave up jobs in teaching to create Perspectives.

Renamed as Key Perspectives in 1973, taking the name from a residency at the Key Theatre in Peterborough. Specialising in working with young people, they successfully campaigned for funds to save the theatre and form themselves into a cooperative.

Josiah Martin's Travelling Theatre Show
In 1979 we became Perspectives Theatre Company and took up residency at The Cressett in Bretton, Peterborough. Here we began touring to non-theatre venues with work specifically relevant to East Midlands Audiences. In 1982, when Peterborough Council reduced its arts budget, we moved its activities to a new base at Mansfield Community Arts Centre. A further threat to the Company in 1988, which put its funding at risk, led to a restructure and the appointment of a management board along with the Company's first Artistic Director. At the same time the Company name was changed to New Perspectives Theatre Company as it is known today.

When the management of the Old Library Building in Mansfield was returned to Nottinghamshire County Council in 2006, the Company moved to its present home in Basford, Nottingham. Today New Perspectives activities are focussed on three areas: creating and touring performances, supporting emerging artistists and managing the rural touring scheme in Northants Touring Arts.

In 2010 all except the most recent records of New Perspectives Theatre Company were placed in the care of Special Collections at the University of Nottingham. The archive is available to be studied by researchers wanting to know more about the company and its work in theatre production, theatre in education and the promotion of rural touring and new work. Find out more about the archive and search the online catalogue here: Manuscripts & Special Collections Catalogue Record

Our thanks to:
Hidden Collections: From Archive to Asset was a multi-disciplinary programme of workshops and industry projects for doctoral students and ran throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. Participants gained valuable skills in project management, communications, networking, collaborative andteam working, public engagement, and the use of new methodologies. An AHRC-funded project, funded under the AHRC's Digital Transformations theme, in collaboration with and on behalf of New Perspectives, the East Midlands' leading touring theatre producer and the University of Nottingham.

Theatre & Performance Project Team:
Nicola Abram, University of Reading
David Bennett, Coventry University
Leah Lovett, University College London (UCL)
Kerrie Reading, Aberystwyth University
Claire Robinson, University of Birmingham
Eleanor Spencer, Durham University
Polly Toney, University of Birmingham

New Perspectives Theatre Company
Laura Steenson, University of Nottingham
Dr Jo Robinson, University of Nottingham

Website design & Timeline content: David Bennett, Coventry University
Claire Robinson, University of Birmingham


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 . 

Whether you’re a theatre lover, rural champion, or believe in widespread access to the arts then please help us make our work. Like every actor on stage, or each word on the page, every donor plays a vital role, your support can make a real difference... Find out more

 New Perspectives is a registered charity no. 1058309 


Sun 7 July
Africa Writes Festival, London
Mon 19 - Sat 24 August
Edinburgh Fringe
Tue 3 September - Sat 12 October
Trafalgar Studios, London

Raw and poetic take on an economically divided world


A new fearless adventure
Unicorn, London
FrI 15 November  - Sun 5 January


New Perspectives and the Unicorn join forces to bring Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen's brilliantly subversive picture book to the stage for the first time Find out more
Michael Pinchbeck's exploration of John Berger and Jean Mohr's seminal study of a rural doctor heads to Germany in June Find out more

The Fishermen returns to Edinburgh Fringe as part of this years EdShowcase line up before a 6 week Trafalgar Studio run marking New Perspectives West End debut Find out more here