Packing the world into a small van: New Perspectives announce a season of global stories for 2018 and beyond
•New adaptation of Booker Prize-nominated book The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma to premiere at HOME in Manchester
•John Berger's masterpiece A Fortunate Man, a reflection of the doctor's role, inspires a new devised piece to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the NHS
•Edinburgh Fringe 2017 hits The Giant Jam Sandwich and Finding Nana return by popular demand
•Stage premiere of award-winning Indian film The Lunchbox scheduled for 2019
Following an ambitious year that culminated in the first rural tour of Richard Bean's epic farming saga Harvest, 2018 will see New Perspectives touring increasingly adventurous new theatre to spaces of all shapes and sizes.
Highlights of the season include The Fishermen, the Booker Prize-nominated novel by Chigozie Obioma which will be adapted by award-winning Nigerian writer Gbolahan Obisesan and directed by New Perspectives' Artistic Director Jack McNamara. The mythic story combines Greek tragedy with African folklore to tell of four brothers who hear a terrifying prophecy as they fish in a forbidden river, and the chain of tragic events that follow Produced in association with HOME, the production will premiere in Manchester in July 2018 ahead of a run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and UK tour.
A Fortunate Man, inspired by the book by art critic, poet, painter and Booker Prize-winning author John Berger, who died in January 2017 is to be turned into a new piece of theatre with his family's blessing. Nottingham based theatre-maker Michael Pinchbeck's devised piece is set to contrast the day to day experiences of a stoic country doctor in the mid-1960s with interviews and research carried out with doctors today. The show will tour in June/July to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the NHS (5 July 2017).
New Perspectives will also revive their two Edinburgh hits: Finding Nana throughout February and March, and The Giant Jam Sandwich which opens at the Pleasance in time for Easter before touring through until June. Finding Nana is an acclaimed one-woman, autobiographical show from the George Devine Award-winning writer Jane Upton (All the Little Lights 2016) about grief and loss. The Giant Jam Sandwich is the first stage adaptation of the much loved picture book about the quiet village of Itching Down which comes together to make a giant sandwich to solve a wasp invasion. Adapted by Jack McNamara with original songs by James Atherton, it played to packed houses in Edinburgh and received a string of four and five-star reviews star reviews from publications including the List and the Scotsman.
New Perspectives will continue to run the Emerging Perspectives programme for emerging artists across the East Midlands and other project activity for 2018 includes a collaboration with Alan Lyddiard working with communities in Boston, South Lincolnshire and a continued relationship with the Belgian-based disabled artist Thibault Delferiere. Early 2019 will see New Perspectives present the first stage adaptation of Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox, one of 2014's highest grossing foreign films, scheduled to tour in Spring 2019.
Artistic Director Jack McNamara said:
"Over the next 18 months we are creating a global programme of new work and, crucially, touring it to every type of space and audience. It is a huge honour to work with the imaginations of so many great artists from John Berger and Chigozie Obiama to Nottingham playwright Jane Upton. We hope our next season is further evidence that some of the most exciting new work is happening in unexpected places across the country."
Tour: February to March
Finding Nana by Jane Upton, directed by Katie Posner
Pleasance, Islington and tour: April to June
The Giant Jam Sandwich written and directed by Jack McNamara, based on the book by John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway
London run and tour: June to July
A Fortunate Man written and directed by Michael Pinchbeck
HOME, Manchester, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and UK tour: July onwards
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma, adapted for stage by Gbolahan Obisesan, directed by Jack McNamara
Announcing UK 2019 tour: Spring 2019
The Lunchbox by Ritesh Batra, adapted for stage and directed by Jack McNamara
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.
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