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Integrated theatre company Unanima gets a new perspective

05 October 2015


Join Unanima for 2 pay what you decide for performances of Love. Life. No Sat Nav this Thursday 3 December, 2pm and 7.30pm at The Old Library Arts Venue, Leeming Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 1NG 

"Real-life storytelling: funny, heart-breaking, life affirming..This show guarantees to make you look at yourself and the world around you differently." - Sally Anne Tye, Executive Director, New Perspectives Theatre Company
"Unamina Theatre Company are an exciting new talent for our region, combining high quality production values, a strong script and great performers.  As a centre dedicated to Inclusive Practice it was really exciting for me to see a fresh new approach to disability focussed work and we are very much looking forward to working with the company in the future. This is a show not to miss, not only as a great night out but also to simply remind oneself that life is for celebrating with laughter and tears!"  Michaela Butter MBE, Director of Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester

"Artistically it was beautiful, creative and charming. I must also mention the live music which was absolutely perfect...It was touching, thought-provoking and extremely uplifting - a celebration of what we can all achieve" - Sally Siner, Playwright
Tickets are 'Pay what you decide' - bring cash on the day and pay what you think, after you've seen the show! click here to book online


Every year Nottingham based national touring theatre company New Perspectives supports the development of one of the East Midland's many self-starting theatre companies and artists. This year the company will be supporting Mansfield based Unanima Theatre.

New Perspectives will provide a year of guidance and advice, grounded in over 40 years of experience as a producing theatre company. The highly tailored programme will cover anything from artistic and dramaturgical work, business skills or practical advice on touring and rural touring, depending on the needs of the company. Unanima will also receive a block of rehearsal/workshop space, located on site at New Perspectives offices.

Unanima Theatre is an integrated theatre company of adults with and without a Learning Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Down Syndrome. Via a professionally led devising process, they make autobiographical community theatre performances, their most recent show being Love. Life. No Sat Nav, in June 2015. The company was established in 2008 by Creative Producer Tracy Radford, who recognised that adults with learning difficulties and young people have very little opportunities to meet or collaborate. Creative Director Jayne Williams joined the team to oversee the creation of a theatre piece with these groups, discussing themes important to the company. Since 2008 the company has continued to grow, and New Perspectives is enthusiastic to be involved in the next steps of this initiative's journey. 

Jayne and Tracy of Unanima Theatre said,


"We are thrilled to be Associates and are exited for the opportunities this partnership will bring. We're eager to soak up the wealth of knowledge and experience that NP have to offer from their four decades of artistic success and are very proud that this partnership has been created in direct response to our recent play Love. Life. No Sat-Nav. New Perspectives' investment in an integrated company like Unanima highlights the shift in recognition of the artistic quality that can and is being created by artists with a learning disability."

Executive Director of New Perspectives, Sally Anne Tye, remarked about the new Association,

"I was privileged to see Unanima in action recently at the Minster School in Southwell and whilst inspired by the creative process and artistic integrity my overriding passion is to support Unanima in developing a sustainable model and to help enable the company to grow. In doing so this will create wider opportunities for young adults with a spectrum of disabilities and at the same time educate audiences by sharing their unique creative spirit."

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 Unanima Theatre Company in front of the Theatre Royal


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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