NEW PERSPECTIVES TOURING AWARD WINNING JANE UPTON'S MOST PERSONAL PLAY TO DATE
"surprising panoramas of grief and longing... a smart and understated Fringe find" ★★★★The Stage
Set in a seaside hotel of halcyon childhood summers, this autobiographical play by award-winner Jane Upton journeys back to find a beloved Nana before she forgot who she was. Finding Nana was first seen at the Pleasance Courtyard at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017, and now embarks on a tour of village halls and theatre studio spaces. Stacey Evans (Wolves are Coming for You, Pentabus) stars in this one-woman show.
'Room 17. Four walls full of lipstick, laughter, hairspray and Horlicks. Nana is nut brown and wrinkled and she has chicken fillets for arms. And she treats me like I'm way more amazing than I actually am.' Based on writer Jane Upton's personal experience, Finding Nana is a one-woman show about the universal, unconditional love between a granddaughter and her Nana and the ugly truth of losing it all.
In selected areas, audiences will be invited to a workshop to share their own thoughts and feelings on the special relationships between grandparent and grandchild. The stories they impart will form a bespoke 'Act Two' to the performance and collected memories will be compiled and shared after the tour in a digital scrapbook.
Jane Upton is an East Midlands based writer who won the George Devine Award in 2016 for All The Little Lights (Arcola and UK tour). Her other plays include Watching the Living (UK tour), Swimming (Camden People's Theatre, Soho Theatre and Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and Bones (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and UK tour).
She said, "This play has a piece of my heart in it. It's a tale of love and loss and what it means to live, I 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 be sharing our story because I'm sure so many people will relate."
New Perspectives Artistic Director Jack McNamara said, "Jane is one of the East Midlands region's truly outstanding new voices and Finding Nana is such a tender and honest piece of work. The reaction from everyone who has read or experienced it has been overwhelming, so I am pretty certain audiences on tour will be in for something special."
Presented by New Perspectives
Written by Jane Upton
Directed by Katie Posner
Designed by Sara Perks
Lighting by Alexandra Stafford
Sound by Arun Ghosh
AV by Ed Sunman
TOUR DATES INCLUDE
Weds 7 - Sat 10 Feb - Neville Studio, Nottingham Playhouse - 8pm; Sat mat 2.30pm
Sat 17 Feb - Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre, Boston, Lincolnshire - 7.30pm
Tues 20 Feb - Riverhead Theatre, Louth, Lincolnshire - 7.30pm
Weds 21 Feb - Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, Lincolnshire - 7.30pm
Thurs 22 Feb - South Holland Centre, Spalding, Lincolnshire - 8pm
Fri 23 Feb - Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire - 7.30pm
Sat 24 Feb - York Theatre Royal Studio - 2pm & 7.45pm
Weds 28 Feb - Lincoln Drill Hall - 7.30pm
Fri 2 Mar - Century Theatre, Coalville, Leicestershire - 7.30pm
Mon 5 Mar - Pattingham Village Hall, Staffordshire - 7.30pm
Weds 7 Mar - Manton Village Hall, Leicestershire - 8pm
Thurs 8 Mar - Kings Bromley Village Hall, Staffordshire - 7.30pm
Fri 9 Mar - St Michael's Village Hall, Worcestershire - 7.30pm (doors open 6.45pm)
Sat 10 Mar - Muskham Rural Community Centre, Nottinghamshire - 7.30pm
Fri 16 Mar - Geddington Village Hall, Northamptonshire - 7.30pm
Sat 17 Mar - The Courthouse, Thirsk, North Yorkshire - 7.30pm
Sun 18 Mar - Skipton Town Hall, North Yorkshire - 8pm
Sat 24 Mar - Derby Theatre Studio - 8pm