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A six-part funfair mystery posted through letterboxes for children to crack

18 November 2021

To herald in the New Year, New Perspectives rekindle their highly popular postcard drama series with Fair Play, a new six-part mystery based on Nottingham's famous Goose Fair. Created for 5-11-year-olds, and perfect for all the family to enjoy, the six postcards will land on the doormat over the course of a few weeks. Each gives recipients a special code to crack and a mystery letter to help them determine the writer of the cards. They will also receive a QR code linking to an activity sheet each suggesting a range of creative challenges  to try - perfect for keeping inquisitive minds active during the cold weather season. Postcards will be mailed in January 2022, helping to create a little post-Christmas entertainment.

Fair Play follows New Perspectives' through the letterbox of previous dramas Love From Cleethorpes and Dare to Look Down! This new interactive series features six original designs by graphic artist Ruth Disney who has taken inspiration from iconic rides at one of the largest travelling fairs in Europe. Through a series of six cards, received a week apart, super sleuth recipients will set about working out who the cards are written by and make their own creative responses.

Available to book to be mailed to addresses in the UK and overseas, schools are encouraged to take part through a special package (priced from £125) which includes postcards for learners and a teacher PowerPoint pack to support the exploration of the cards and activities in the classroom. It is possible to buy a gift ticket and New Perspectives to match donations with a lucky recipients who will receive our six postcards free of charge.

Writer and Participation Director Jayne Williams said,
'It's a real treat conjuring characters inspired by a famous fairground, creating mysterious scenarios, with secret codes for children to crack'

Artistic Director Angharad Jones continued,
"We hope, through this series, as well as the simple joy of receiving a series of  beautifully illustrated  postcards through the letterbox, that we can  give space for children  to their develop creative expression both at home and in the classroom by becoming detectives. The cards are stacked with ideas that develop their creativity in a fun and unique way including writing and drawing. It's an ideal children's stocking filler giving a surprise to look forward to and adults a few precious moments at the beginning of the New Year!

Please note this is NOT a live performance. 
The postcards will be mailed weekly from 12 January 2022. UK addresses will receive all six postcards over a six week period. Postcards mailed to overseas addresses may take longer. Booking closes on 1 January 2022. 
Age guidance: Aimed at 5-11 year olds, but suitable for all postcard lovers and mystery solvers.

For families: £12.50 to UK addresses and £26 worldwide.
For schools: £125 for a special package including a teacher PDF and PowerPoint pack, and 30 sets of 6 postcards. Additional postcards can be added in sets of ten for £35.
Gift Tickets: £10 |

Fair Play is made possible with generous support from the Peter Sowerby Foundation's Increasing Access Fund.


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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