New Perspectives' touring highlights for 2017 include world premiere stagings of John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway's treasured children's book THE GIANT JAM SANDWICH, an adaptation of Aki Kaurismäki's quirky Finnish film THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST, the autobiographical FINDING NANA by award winning East Midlands' writer Jane Upton and the regional premiere of Richard Bean's farming saga HARVEST, all served up as part of the companies original brand of storytelling; with further productions and projects to be announced during the year.
Set in the fictional village of Itching Down, a group of villagers come up with an innovative solution to a sudden wasp invasion and the title THE GIANT JAM SANDWICH might be a clue... Opening and running at Derby's Guildhall Theatre (11 - 18 February) ahead of a tour which takes in Polka Children's Theatre (23 - 26 February), Salisbury Playhouse (24 - 25 March) and countless village halls in between, this new play for children, with music by James Atherton, brings a 45 year old picture book to life on stage for the first time; in association with Derby LIVE.
Summer 2017 will see New Perspectives presenting two world premieres at the Edinburgh Festival, both examining our relationship with the past. Jack McNamara's new adaptation of Aki Kaurismäki's award winning melancomedy THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST tells the story of a man who loses all memory and is embraced by a disenfranchised community living in shipping containers as he searches to reconnect to his past. This adaptation follows on from McNamara's critically acclaimed Edinburgh and London production of Lars Von Trier's office comedy THE BOSS OF IT ALL, which has subsequently enjoyed productions in Sweden and Norway (2016). This will play alongside FINDING NANA from East Midlands' writer Jane Upton, joint winner of the 2016 George Devine Most Promising Playwright Award. Upton's autobiographical play is a moving and personal portrait of a young woman as she pieces together scents, feelings and experiences of being with her grandmother pre and post Alzheimer's; challenging both memory and memory loss.
The 2017 Autumnal Equinox signals a major new rural tour and regional premiere of Richard Bean's sweeping farming saga HARVEST. First performed at the Royal Court in 2005, a 6-strong ensemble will take on this epic and darkly entertaining comedy of one rural family's survival in a changing agricultural landscape, in a story that spans the 20th century.
New Perspectives' Artistic Director Jack McNamara said:
"Our 2017 season captures the wide range of tastes and passions that make up our work; dynamic new theatre for children and families, new writing from the East Midlands, international adaptations and a major 21st century play about the rural world. While vastly different in style and content, each of these new productions explore the bonds we form within our communities and families as well as the distinct relationship we have with time".
Executive Director Sally Anne Tye continued,
"As the East Midlands major touring theatre company, in 2017 we will continue to stretch the range of venues we tour to and audiences we reach and at the same time continue to develop innovative ways for supporters, audiences and artists to engage in our work"