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New Partnership for leading rural touring companies New Perspectives and Pentabus

06 August 2018


By Deirdre Kinahan

Let's dance through a century of unexpected connections

National Tour: 10 October - 24 November 2018

Leading touring theatre companies Pentabus Theatre Company and New Perspectives are delighted to announce their very first partnership with Crossings, a new play by award-winning Irish playwright Deirdre Kinahan, to mark the centenary of the end of World War I.This powerful and subversive new play explores the unexpected stories of war past and present; the soldiers who found solace in women's clothing, the refugees who found peace in the English countryside. It will tour to 11 counties this Autumn, visiting a mix of village halls and studio theatres.

Crossings brings together two deeply moving war stories separated by a hundred years and bound by the same village hall.

In 1919, Badgerbridge Village Hall is Margaret's domain and the last place she expected to come face to face with Grace; a cross-dressing soldier who knew and loved Margaret's brother. Through this chance meeting their two lives collide resulting in an unlikely pairing that will change the course of both of their futures

Fast forward to 2019. Sean can't find his mother to meet Mirjana from the care company, here to help her stay in her own home. Mirjana is from Sarajevo, but has lived in the village since escaping the war there as a teenager. The village hall has been her solace and proves an unlikely link between them.

With live music, waltzing and unexpected connections, two actors will dance you through a century exploring how we return, resettle and adapt.

Pentabus and New Perspectives are thrilled to announce our cast:Victoria Brazier whose recent works include The Secret Garden (York Theatre Royal and Theatre by the Lake) Hard Times(Northern Broadsides) and Three Mothers (Waterloo East) and Will O'Connell whose recent theatre includes Class(Traverse Theatre, Galway Arts Festival, Abbey Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival), Swansong (Kilkenny Arts Festival) and Luck Just Kissed You Hello(HotForTheatre/GIAF/Dublin Theatre Festival). Victoria will play Margaret and Mirjana, and Will plays Grace and Sean.

The Production is directed by Pentabus Artistic Director Sophie Motley, with set and lighting designed by Sarah Jane Shiels and Sound Design by Helen Skiera.

Artistic Director of New Perspectives Jack McNamara said:

"Pentabus and New Perspectives have had strong affinities for decades, and a partnership between us feels long overdue. We are thrilled to finally be collaborating with this exceptional playwright to explore an alternative take on the legacy of WW1. It is a story that challenges the masculine stereotype of the returning veteran whilst also reminding us of war's persistent presence in the modern day. "

Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre Company Sophie Motley added:

"I'm really thrilled that we are working in collaboration with New Perspectives. Rural touring is the mainstay of our work, and sharing the breadth of the Midlands as well as touring nationally is a feat. We're looking forwards to sharing Deirdre Kinahan's delicate, touching, gently challenging piece of work with village hall audiences all over the country."

Tour dates include:

Wednesday 10 October | 7.30pm | Bromfield Village Hall | Shropshire
Thursday 11 October | 7.30pm | Bromfield Village Hall | Shropshire

Friday 12 October | 7.30pm | All Stretton Village Hall| Shropshire
Saturday 13 October | 7.30pm | Ludlow Assembly Rooms| Shropshire

Thursday 25 October| 7.30pm | Mansfield Old Library | Nottinghamshire
Friday 26 October | 7.30pm | South Holland Centre, Spalding | Lincolnshire
Saturday 27 October | 7.30pm | Geddington Village Hall | Northamptonshire

Tuesday 30 October | 7.30pm | Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury| Shropshire
Thursday 1 November | 7.30pm | Leintwardine Centre | Herefordshire

Wednesday 7 November | 7.30pm | Thrumpton Village Hall | Nottinghamshire
Friday 9 November | 7.30pm | Waingroves Community Association | Derbyshire
Saturday 10 November | 7.30pm | South Luffenham Village Hall | Rutland

Wednesday 14 November | 7.30pm | Blythe Bridge Care & Fun Club| Staffordshire
Thursday 15 November | 7.30pm | Swythamley & Heaton Centre | Cheshire
Friday 16 November | 7.30pm | Rutland County Museum | Rutland
Saturday 17 November | 7.30pm | Biggin Village Hall | Derbyshire

Thursday 22 November | 7.30pm | Lustleigh Village Hall | Devon
Friday 23 November | 7.30pm | Durweston Village Hall | Dorset
Saturday 24 November | 7.30pm | Toller Porcorum Village Hall | Dorset













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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