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New Perspectives on 2014

This year our productions have toured the UK extensively including transfers to New York and Soho Theatre, works by David Rudkin and adaptations of Saul Bellow, Lars Von Trier (Jack McNamara) and Daphne du Maurier (Jane Upton). We launched our East Midlands wide talent programme Emerging Perspectives with a supported emerging writers programme and company; hosted masterclasses from leading companies Forced Entertainment, Coney and the great writer David Rudkin and announced plans to tour Tim Elgood's Long Play winning plan in spring 2015. Northants Touring Arts has been actively promoting a live cross-arts programme across the 7 districts and boroughs attracting renewed funding from both Northamptonshire County Council and South Northamptonshire Council and in July Arts Council England confirmed a further 3 year's support to New Perspectives from 2015 - 18.

We invite you to share your own New Perspectives highlights on twitter #NP14 and on our Facebook Page- here are just some of our 2014 highlights:

In January we launched new masterclass series - great devising session by Terry O'Connor from one of Britain's leading experimental theatre companies Forced Entertainment

In February we toured1st UK Saul Bellow adaptation Him With His Foot in His Mouth nationally from Greenwich Theatre, to Exeter Bikeshed, Leeds Carriageworks and extensively to village halls in rural locations

Our generous supporters saw their name in lights for the first time - thank you for your ongoing support

South Northamptonshire County Council confirmed their support for Northants Touring Arts, supporting volunteer promoters present professional live events across the district

In March Oberon published David Rudkin's The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock - now available worldwide

 Our 2nd master class on writing and form by the inimitable Tim Crouch sold out!

A record day on Friday 21 March when the village of Helmdon hosted 3 Northants Touring Arts performances and a workshop on the same day thanks to support from Arts Council England, Northamtonshire County Council and South Northants Council.

In April we welcomed two new trustees - Josie Soutar and Jan Morgan were appointed on the board.

In May Derbyshire writer Tim Elgood was announced as our Long Play competition winner for Unforgettable, which opens at Derby Guildhall in association with Derby Live in May 2015

Nothamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Community Foundation awarded a 2 year grant to support the work of Northants Touring Arts

 The New Perspectives and Leicester Curve production of David Rudkin's The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcockopened the 10th anniversary Brits off Broadway Festival in New York running there for 4 weeks

 We staged rehearsed readings of Tim Elgood's Unforgettable at Nottingham Playhouse as part of NEAT 14, with excerpts of work by runners up Ollie Smith and Mufaro Makubika

 In June Oberon books published Jack McNamara's Von Trier adaptation The Boss of It All in June

In July Arts Council England offered New Perspectives continued 3 year funding as a national portfolio organisation

Jack McNamara's adaptation of Lars Von Trier's Danish film Comedy The Boss of It Allplayed for 4 weeks at Soho Theatre

Northants Touring Arts Helmdon volunteer promoter Morag Underwood attended the National Rural Touring Forum New Directions showcase in York

Our first Emerging Perspectives Company toured Behind Closed Doors, 4 new pieces by East Midlands Writers Emily Hollyoake, Kelly Poucher, Rob Turnock and Rob Wileman to 5 venues

In August rehearsals began for Watching the Living an adaptation of 2 Daphne du Maurier short stories commissioned by New Perspectives from East Midlands writer Jane Upton, which toured nationwide from September - November

In Sept our Finance Officer Michelle Booth ran the Robin Hood Half-Marathon raising funds for our talent development programme

Our Research Assistant Tilly Branson collaborated with writer Beccy Smith carrying out an interactive pilot to inform her PhD research on new forms for rural theatre

Arts Council England confirmed funding for our mentored company 2Magpies Theatre to develop a new piece of work called Ventoux

In Oct Jack McNamara led a workshop of  The Exile, a new play by Gordon Ramsay about fascism in rural Italy at the University of Nottingham

In November we welcomed Rosanna McGlone, Saraa Grain, and Imogen Joyce Alison Dunne as this year's Emerging Perspectives Writers working under the guidance of dramaturg Will Drew

We held our Northants Touring Arts first volunteer promoter event in Ecton Village Hall

Theresa Keogh our Director on Attachment led an Oct development week on LP winning UNFORGETTABLE

The great David Rudkin, supporter of our writer's programme, led a playwriting masterclass about writing for place

New Perspectives joined Michael Kaiser +19 regional companies in Nov on a 2yr inspirational leadership programme

In Dec ‪2 new Richmond VillageNorthampton and Desborough Community Development Trust hosted their first Northants Touring Artsperformances

Coney's Tassos Steven's explored interactive practices in our final masterclass of 2014

Work preparation for Playland by Athol Fugard, on tour in spring 2015 and Playing Around a new exhibition at the University of Nottingham charting 40 years of New Perspectives and Nottingham Playhouse's Roundabout Theatre in Education Company

We truly value help given from our supporters and collaborators, volunteer promoters, audiences, funders and generous donors alike. As a registered charity we value your ongoing support. If you already support us, thank you! If not, please consider joining the family of supporters. For further details please contact Sally Anne Tye on 0115 973 9121 or







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 


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