In collaboration with six renowned UK theatre makers, we are producing six limited edition Christmas cards, each reimagining traditional yuletide messages. The artists have each designed the front and inside of a card to create a handheld piece of artwork which can be kept as a curio or given as a gift. The cards can be bought singly, as a pack of three or a pack of six.
The artists creating the cards are:
•1927 Founded in 2005 by Director, Writer & Performer Suzanne Andrade and Animator & Illustrator Paul Barritt. This multi-award winning company, based in Margate & London, specialises in combining performance and live music with animation to create magical filmic performance.
•Tim Etchells is an artist and writer based in Sheffield and London. He is artistic director of Forced Entertainment, an experimental performance company founded in 1984; his work shifts between performance, visual art and writing.
•Eve Leigh is a playwright, theatre-maker and dramaturg. She was the Royal Court Jerwood playwright 2019, and the first ever artist-in-residence at the Experimental Stage of the National Theatre of Greece 2017.
•Selina Thompson is artist and performer based in Birmingham. Her work is playful, participatory and intimate, focusing on the politics of identity and how this defines our bodies, lives and environments.
•Jane Upton is a Nottingham writer whose plays include All The Little Lights, which was nominated for Best Play at the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards 2017, and saw Jane joint winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright.
•Jatinder Verma MBE is a British theatre director pioneer and activist, who in 1977 co-founded the Asian theatre company Tara Arts, leading it as Artistic Director for 42 years. In 2019, he founded JVP with designer Claudia Mayer.
Artistic Director Jack McNamara said "At the end of an eventful but also strangely eventless year, we felt that people really needed a gift this Christmas. Something they could hold, share and spend proper time with. And so we asked six truly adventurous theatre makers to reinvent the age old Christmas Card, and turn it into a novel dramatic experience for audiences across the country. We are so thrilled and inspired to be able to share these six brand new pieces with people throughout the winter season. Each of these artists are utterly unique and know exactly how to make work against all expectations and all odds. This is our version of a 'Christmas show', full of intimacy, invention and surprise."
We are also thrilled to announce another opportunity to experience Stay Safe, the spine-chilling drama via WhatsApp and a Christmas extension of their postcard drama Love From Cleethorpes, a drama told through a series of postcards, both as a result of popular demand. Love From Cleethorpes has recently been 'toured' to 25 countries worldwide. These projects continue innovation in playing with form following on from the live Zoom of Lars von Trier's office comedy The Boss of It All with Josie Lawrence, and a 10-part podcast series PlacePrints by David Rudkin.
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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