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David Rudkin unearths hidden stories of the British Isles in ten-part audio series - PlacePrints

15 June 2020

- Stephen Rea and Juliet Stevenson have recorded the audio cycle of short plays
- Written by David Rudkin, directed by Jack McNamara with music and sound by Adam P McCready
- Subscribe and download the full audio series free of charge: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Radio Public

"An extraordinary voice..." Michael Billington on David Rudkin

From a Celtic warrior imprisoned on the banks of Stratford Upon Avon, to a plague ravaged town in Derbyshire via a sacred pagan site in West Cornwall, this new audio series invokes the hidden stories imprinted on ten different locations around the UK. New Perspectives have been recording this cycle of audio plays over the last four years, with Artistic Director Jack McNamara directing each carefully crafted vignette with a cast including Josie Lawrence, Toby Jones, Stephen Rea, Juliet Stevenson and Michael Pennington, as well as with rising stars Hedydd Dylan and Rachel Summers. Written by David Rudkin, whose  sixty-year writing career spans across stage, screen and radio, each audio piece will b accompanied by a short film shot on location by Grammy-nominated filmmaker Grant Gee. PlacePrints give voice to a presence that haunts a location, a short story that wishes to imprint itself on a place.

The series courses through time, bringing stories from Roman, Pagan, Templar and Neanderthal histories into direct confrontation with the modern world. The dramatic voices range from the plague itself, giving listeners an audio tour of the devastation it wreaked on the village of Eyam, through to a Northern Irish lake describing the hold it once had over a young boy. Historical references include the Solway Martyrs with the drowning of Margaret Wilson for refusing to swear allegiance to the English crown, and Mary Jones' barefoot walk across the Snowdonia mountains to buy a bible.

Director Jack McNamara said, "Each of these ten audio plays are masterpieces of place-writing. David Rudkin has an extremely rare gift, to be able to see the landscape as a series of temporal layers, and to acutely feel the often overlooked tension between past and present. He is one of the most unique, daring and rigorous dramatic writers our country has produced. These works are deep dives into a landscape we thought we knew. With Rudkin as our guide we see, hear and feel things that have long been hidden from public view. The sheer creative and cultural ambition of his PlacePrints cycle is astounding"

David Rudkin emerged in the 1960s as one of the country's leading writers with work ranging across stage, screen and radio, including opera libretti and translations of Ibsen and Greek classics. His long and varied career has seen him work with some of the UK's top organisations, actors and directors such as Sir Peter Hall, Patrick Stewart, Lindsay Duncan, including multiple projects with the RSC. He's worked with New Perspectives  previously on The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock, which premiered at the Leicester Curve, before transferring to New York and a national tour of Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You, an adaptation of the ghost story by M R James.

To listen to PlacePrints click here
New Perspectives' trilogy The Spirit is currently available to stream as part of #BACGoingDigital. Originally performed at Battersea Arts Centre in 2020, The Spirit is a mesmerising, viscerally intense trilogy of performances from one of Europe's most distinctive and radical performance artists, Thibault Delferiere,
Directed by Jack McNamara. The trilogy is available until 12 July click here 


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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