A six-part drama delivered through the letterbox to rural audiences
02 July 2020
Love From Cleethorpes - A drama in six postcards
Before the Covid-19 outbreak, New Perspectives brought high quality theatre to village halls and arts venues in rural areas: now, we have devised a novel way of reaching isolated rural audiences through a six-part drama written on a series of specially designed postcards. Giving audiences access to an artistic experience outside of digital screens, Love From Cleethorpes is a six part 'postcard drama', in which a different card will arrive in the audience members household each day. The audience member will read each card and piece together a relationship between two people told over a 30-year correspondence, travelling us from Cleethorpes to Nottingham via New York.
Artistic director of New Perspectives Jack McNamara said, "Rural touring is such a personal, tactile medium: our van arrives in a village, our company interacts with its community, we share the same space and sense of occasion. At a time when such activity has been put on hold I wanted to create something that offered our audiences a similarly up close experience. Putting theatre online is fine, but it does little to replicate that sense of something special being there in front of you that you can touch. The postcard is a beautiful medium, able to say so much with such a small window. And there is innate drama in waiting for something to arrive in the post, finding something just for you and studying it to piece together a dramatic narrative. We hope to be back on the road soon, but until then we hope this is a way of continuing to reach our audiences and bring exciting art literally to their doorstep."
Also off-screen, New Perspective's audio series PlacePrints by playwright David Rudkin is available on podcast apps, for detailsclick here. PlacePrints gives voice to a presence that haunts a location, a story that wishes to imprint itself on a place. 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 on BAC's YouTube channel,for details 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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Announcing the release of our epic audio series. Starring Toby Jones, Josie Lawrence, Michael Pennington Steven Rea, Juliet Stevenson, among many others, PlacePrints, by the maverick writer David Rudkin, tells the haunted stories of ten locations across the UK Find out more