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The generation gap - family at the heart of New Perspective's Edinburgh Fringe offer

18 July 2017

The generation gap - family at the heart of New Perspective's Edinburgh Fringe offer

Nottingham-based theatre company New Perspectives has put the family at the heart of its Edinburgh Fringe Festival programming this year.

The touring theatre company, which specialises in new writing and quality adaptions of celebrated literature, presents: 
  • Finding Nana - the world premiere of an autobiographical play about love and loss by George Devine-winner Writer's Guild Award nominee, Jane Upton; and 
  • The Giant Jam Sandwich - the first ever stage adaption of the highly entertaining and amusing 45-year-old classic children's book of the same name

Finding Nana, which is up for a Fringe First award, recalls the halcyon summers of playwright Jane Upton's youth during which she and her Nana would share the same room in the same hotel in the same Isle of Wight seaside resort for the same two weeks every year. That was until Nana started to lose her memory. 

Flitting between the past and present and childhood and old age, Finding Nana - an autobiographical play - charts the journey back to find a beloved Nana who died in 2011 while suffering with dementia. Directed by Katie Posner, it stars Nottingham actor Phoebe Frances Brown.

Jane Upton says: "Finding Nana has been in the making for a while and so I'm over the moon that it will get its world premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe. This play has a piece of my heart in it. It's a tale of love and loss and what it means to live and think, and the crippling fear of forgetting. It's a tribute to that specific and amazing relationship you can only really share with a beloved grandparent. I'm so happy and grateful to share our story to which I'm sure so many people will relate."

The Giant Jam Sandwich

It must have been a cathartic process for Derbyshire born author John Vernon Lord, a man who is allergic to wasps, to write his bestseller The Giant Jam Sandwich. Now in its 45th year, readers of all ages have been enthralled by this timeless tale of a village community's inventive plan to trap a swarm of wasps in an enormous sandwich.  

This new stage adaptation by New Perspectives' Artistic Director, Jack McNamara, toured venues in England earlier this year following its premier at the Derby Guildhall back in February. Bursting with humour for adults and children alike, the production evokes the vivid brilliance of the original illustrations whilst expanding the story with songs by James Atherton and a host of new characters.

New Perspectives' Artistic Director, Jack McNamara, says: "When we saw the excited reactions that children and parents had to this production on tour we knew we had to bring it to Edinburgh. It literally had audiences buzzing and it has a real festival energy about it. It's a perfect introduction to theatre for young audiences and has enough humour to keep adults entertained too. The works we are bringing to Edinburgh are a snapshot of the very best of what we offer; quality small-scale theatre which is rooted in local communities and for audiences of all ages."

New Perspectives is an East Midlands-based national touring theatre company which specialises in creating dynamic performances for rural audiences. Its focus on new writing, adaptations and revivals are presented in community settings and venues nationally and internationally. The company also provides career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging artists and manages the rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts. 

FINDING NANA by Jane Upton, directed by Katie Posner. Pleasance Beside: 2 - 28 August 2017 at 3.30pm daily. Tickets £6 - £11.50. | Box Office: 0131 556 6550 (no performance on Mon 14 Aug).

THE GIANT JAM SANDWICH by John Vernon Lord & Janet Burroway. Adapted by Jack McNamara. Pleasance Above: 2 - 28 AUGUST 2017 at 10.20am daily (no performance on Mon 14 Aug).

Press tickets from the Pleasance Press Office: 0131 556 6557 |


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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