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Haunts - Boston & Mansfield - Places with stories to tell

18 March 2019

I sit on this wall smoking a cigarette and reflect on my journey to get here. This is my haunt'. 

New Perspectives has teamed up with Performing Arts Departments at Boston College in Lincolnshire and Vision West Nottinghamshire College in Mansfield to develop a series of short place-rooted pieces. Over four weeks two talented groups of students and community storytellers have worked with New Perspectives Participation Director Jayne Williams to create pieces inspired by places in they regularly frequent in the respective market towns. The project culminates with staged readings of HAUNTS on Thursday 28 March 7:30pm at Create Theatre, Mansfield and Friday 29 March 7:30pm - Sam Newsom Centre, Boston.

It's the tree in Berry Hill Park that has the scars of being hit by lighting twice. The seat of the car that has taken him far away from where he started. The old Palais De Danse and the new Co-op. These are the haunts of Boston and Mansfield. Presented in Mansfield and Boston on consecutive nights residents in both places share their stories, cemented brick by brick, woven into the fabric of these two Market Towns. 

As the Brexit plans continue, New Perspectives prepares to the individual stories from places that have become defined by the strength of their vote in the Leave Campaign'. Brexit linked but not inspired, this presents the opportunity for communities to share glimpses of the places where they live and let both towns speak for themselves.

New Perspectives launched HAUNTS in 2017, taking inspiration from PlacePrints, a series of ten audio pieces which give a voice to locations across the UK by visionary playwright David Rudkin. The project aims to engage emerging writers and storytellers from across the region to create short monologues or dialogues to create an aural placemap of the East Midlands. 

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Thursday 28 March 7:30pm - Create Theatre, Mansfield
Friday 29 March 7:30pm - Sam Newsom Centre, Boston
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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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