New Perspectives' masterclass series continues with two very different sessions by leading practitioners; acclaimed playwright and spoken word artist Inua Ellams on Saturday 17 October, and theatre director Lyndsey Turner on Saturday 28 November. Both sessions run from 10am - 5pm at New Perspectives Basford home base.
The East Midlands boasts a wealth of spoken word artists and performance poetry organisations, and New Perspectives is keen to play its part in the development of this exciting form. Award-winning poet, playwright, and performer Inua Ellam's has developed a unique writing style, influenced by everything from classic literature to hip-hop.Rooted in a love for rhythm and language, he crosses 18th century romanticism and traditional storytelling with contemporary diction, loose rhythm and rhyme.The session will focus on writing for solo performance, performing your own work and digging deep to find material. This masterclass promises to shed light on his own unique practice and challenge writers and performers to bring their work to new poetic heights.
For their next masterclass New Perspectives welcomes one of the industry's most sought after theatre directors, Lyndsey Turner. Fresh from directing Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican (the fastest selling production in London theatre history), Lyndsey is at the forefront of the British Theatre scene, both as an ambassador for new writing and an innovator with classic texts. She won a London Evening Standard Award for Best Director on Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica (West End, 2013) and won a Laurence Olivier Award for directing Laura Wade's Posh (Royal Court/ West End, 2014). She is currently Associate Director at the National Theatre. This rare opportunity offers directors and theatre makers the chance to explore bringing text to life, drawing out performances, negotiating new writing and everything in between.