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Emerging artists chosen for new East Midlands' theatre projects

29 March 2017

New Perspectives, has recruited emerging writers and artists from across the East Midlands to help develop new theatre projects in the region.

Five East Midlands-based writers have been selected to take part in a new project to create 10 minute monologues or dialogues shaped by an East Midlands location of their choice. A further 13 artists from a variety of disciplines have also been chosen to create a new multi-media piece about general practice in the NHS to mark the 50th anniversary of John Berger's book, A Fortunate Man - The Story of a Country Doctor.

New writing

The 'Haunts' project is inspired by the legendary playwright David Rudkin's Placeprints - an epic cycle of ten audio plays set in locations across the UK. The five writers will receive expert supervision from David Rudkin himself and professional dramaturg William Drew as well as one-to-one mentoring and workshops with other industry experts.

The final pieces will be recorded and performed by professional actors, made available as podcasts on New Perspectives' website and then offered to audiences in the chosen locations as site specific audio walking tours.

The five writers chosen are:

JFW Nutt, Leanne Moden & Lucy Colgan (from Nottingham), Jo Woolaston (Leicester) and Susan Hennessy (Lincoln).

New Perspectives has also recruited 13 artists from a range of disciplines who will be paired with writers, and performers for a new theatre project to mark the 50th anniversary of booker Prize-winning writer John Berger's book, A Fortunate Man - The Story of a Country Doctor.

The artists, chosen from across the region, are:

Designer: Lizzie Bettsworth (Leicestershire)

Writers and performers: Olwen Davies (Nottingham), Ed Roberts (Leicestershire), Laura Ryder (Derby), Kieran Spiers (Lincoln), Suzanne Reynolds (Derbyshire) & Ryan Chadwick (Derbyshire)

Artists: Mark Elmore (Leicestershire), Susana Fernandez(Nottingham), Jo Ferenczi (Nottingham) Mira Ho (Nottingham), Holly Jackson (Leicestershire), Jess Thomas (Leicestershire).

First published thirty years ago, A Fortunate Man is a work of social observation and medical philosophy. Writer John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr train their gaze on an English country doctor in the impoverished rural community in which he works. Dr. John Sassall tends the maimed, the dying, and the lonely. He is not only the dispenser of cures but the repository of memories. No other book has offered such a close and passionate investigation of the roles doctors play in their society.

Inspired by the book, New Perspective's project will explore general practice in the NHS today with the chosen artists spending time in doctor's surgeries absorbing conversations and noting the behavior of patients and staff in waiting rooms. The creative process will be overseen by local theatre-maker, Michael Pinchbeck, who will support the artists from April to September to create an exciting new piece of theatre.

Theresa Keogh, New Perspective's Associate Director, says: "We're really excited to be working with our new writers and artists to give them the opportunity to showcase their talents while, at the same time, creating new theatre. We were inundated with applications which shows the breadths of talent in the East Midlands. We pride ourselves in the range of new work we create for audiences, and spaces. These two new projects will help further broaden our reach to communities across the region."

The new works will be ready for audiences to see/listen to in July.


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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