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Poignant comedy aims to reach new audiences in Nottingham suburbs

25 May 2015

Unforgettable, a new poignant comedy and the first winner of New Perspectives'  annual full-length playwriting competition, Long Play 2014 reaches two Nottingham suberbs as part of a regionwide tour playing St. Christopher's Church Hall, Sneinton on 28 May and the Bonington Theatre, Arnold on 29 May
The Sneinton date of the tour marks a newcollaboration between New Perspectives and the Renewal Trust, a nationally recognised community regeneration trust, who work in St. Ann's and Sneinton to change lives and neighbourhoods for the better. The Renewal Trust's promotion of Unforgettable marks the production as an important event in bringing the community together, both for an evening of light entertainment and highlighting issues of social welfare. 
The Renewal Trust's Creative Director Suzannah Bedford said,
'The Renewal Trust are delighted to be partnering with New Perspectives, bringing theatre of national touring quality to Sneinton. Our Creative Programme constantly seeks to connect our communities with arts experiences that many people take for granted, yet are either unaffordable or inaccessible for many of our local residents. The fact that we are able to bring this exciting performance to a much-loved community centre means a great deal to us, ensuring that it is both familiar and new at the same time. By offering some discounted tickets to local residents, we hope to remove as many barriers as possible for local people to see great theatre on their doorstep'.

The following day the production moves to Arnold's Bonington Theatre, which after extensive refurbishment in 2013, Gedling Borough Council decided to follow through that investment with a plan to develop a professional programme that complements the activity of local groups, providing a much needed opportunity for people in Arnold and the Gedling borough to access quality theatre, music and film, on their doorstep. With the support of Village Ventures and Nottingham County Council (as well as Gedling Borough Council), the theatre has been able to build relationships with several companies that are ideal for the intimate space offered by the Bonington.

David Popple, Theatre manager at the Bonington, Arnold, quoted,
"I am delighted near neighbours, New Perspectives, return with Unforgettable, immediately after their stunning production Playland. Working with the company over the coming years will form an important part in developing an audience for live theatre, whilst making it more accessible to people that live a few miles out of the city centre, not wanting to or being able to travel into town".

New Perspectives' Executive Director, Sally Anne Tye added,
'We aim to provide access to people and communities in all we do, touring and presenting professional productions, inspiring and engaging emerging and practising East Midlands artists through our Emerging Perspectives and masterclass series. This play celebrates regional writing and directing talent, is inspired by family experience, and we are delighted to present performances reaching audiences at the heart of Sneinton and Arnold, building on our relationships with Gedling Borough Council and The Renewal Trust".

The tour continues at Matlock County Hall on Saturday 30 May.


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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