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Tom Edward-Kane

Tom trained at RADA and makes his professional debut in Harvest. Theatre credits whilst training: A Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Or Modern Romance), Mr Puntila & His Man Matti, The Broken Heart, In Arabia Wed All Be Kings, The Bright & Bold Design, Alls Well That Ends Well, The Provokd Wife, Lily Dale, Agamemon, I Am A Camera. Film credits include: Peterloo.

Thomas Cotran

Thomas is from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire and is a graduate from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Credits whilst in training include, The Whos: Tommy!, The Last days of Judas Iscariot, Betty Blue Eyes, Legally Blonde and A Man of No Importance. Whilst in training Thomas also performed professionally in King John (Oran Mor), Sleeping Beauty (Citizens Theatre) and Freakshow (Actors Church, Camden Roundhouse and Edinburgh Fringe). Upon graduating, Thomas earned a place in the Dundee Rep Ensemble at Dundee Rep Theatre where he performed in, The Glass Menagerie, Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen, James and the Giant Peach, Titus Andronicus and Great Expectations. Other recent credits include Not About Heroes (Eden Court Theatre and Scottish Tour), Loserville (Union Theatre) Footloose (Sell a Door Theatre Company, UK Tour) and Sleeping Beauty (Theatre Royal Wakefield). Thomas is delighted to be working with New Perspectives for the first time with Harvest.

Matthew Brown

Matthew has been acting professionally for 17 years since graduating in his home town of Newcastle upon Tyne. Theatre credits include:The Beaux' Stratagem, Hedda Gabler and Much Ado About Nothing (Lichfield Garrick), The Riddle of the Sands (Jermyn Street Theatre -Off West End Theatre Award Nominee), The Machine Gunners (Polka Theatre, London),Romeo and Juliet and Othello (Vienna's English Theatre) and Blue/Orange (Theatre Royal Brighton/ATG No. 1 Tour) TV Credits include: The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury (BBC) and Grandpa In My Pocket (BBC) Matthew can also be found scattered all over your ad break, in commercials including Go Compare, Mars, Sainsbury's, Europcar & The Food Network. He is thrilled to be joining New Perspectives for this tour of Harvest.

John Askew

Trained at ArtsEd. Theatre credits include: Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, Ladies in Lavender (Theatre Royal Windsor); The Revengers Tragedy (Nottingham Playhouse), Darkness Darkness (New Perspectives/Nottingham Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet (Buxton Opera House); An Ideal Husband (New Street Jersey); Hay Fever, Rope, Out Of Order(Theatre Royal Windsor); The Importance Of Being Earnest, Office Xmas, Romeo and Juliet (St James Theatre); The Glasshouse (Tristan Bates Theatre); Travesti (Pleasance Theatre); Christopher And His Kind, Sing Sing Sing, The Tempest, Don Juan (UK Tours) and 40 Years On (York Theatre Royal). Television credits include: Spooks Liberty (BBC) and Shameless (Channel 4). Film credits include: Wasted and Two Sides.

Zoe Iqbal

Zoe trained at Salford University. Theatre credits include: The Welcome Party (Contact Compacts, Contact Theatre), Goldfish (24:7 Theatre Festival), The 10-10 Shift (Spark Plug Productions, The Lowry). Radio credits include: Brief Lives (BBC Radio 4), Sex, Blood and Moneyby Emile Zola (BBC Radio 4), The Barbara Nice Show (BBC Radio 2), The Dad Who Fell To Earth (BBC Radio 4). TV credits include: The Dumping Ground and All At Sea(CBBC). Film credits include: Finding Fatimah (British Muslim TV). Zoe was a semi-finalist in the Funny Women Awards in 2011, and the Norman Beaton Fellowship in 2015. Always the bridesmaid never the bride. Zoe is delighted to be playing Maudie in the New Perspectives production of Harvest.

Elizabeth Twells

Elizabeth trained at Birmingham School of Acting. Theatre credits include: POT(Ovalhouse Theatre/Stratford Circus), Darkness Darkness (Nottingham Playhouse/New Perspectives), Anna Karenina, Aloe Aloe (Arcola Theatre), Pygmalion, The 39 Steps (Vienna's English Theatre),Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Hare and Tortoise (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Bells (Soho Theatre), Three Sisters, Blood Wedding, Fiesco(The Faction, New Diorama Theatre), Bush Bazaar (Bush Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello (The Faction, UK Tour), Two Boys (ENO, London Coliseum), Into the Woods, The Winter's Tale (Crescent Theatre). Film credits include: Eva's Legacy (Red Stable Films), You're It (Cavalry Films), Stalker (Invisible Darkness), The Situation Is (RM Films).

Creative Team

Writer - Richard Bean

Director - Jack McNamara

Jack has been Artistic Director of New Perspectives since September 2012.

Productions for the company include: Once Upon Our Times (Southbank), trade (National Tour) The Fishermen (Trafalgar Studios/ HOME Manchester) The Boss of It All (Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh & Soho Theatre); The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock (Brits off Broadway, New York & UK tour); Him With His Foot In His Mouth, Watching the Living (both UK tours); HOOD (150th Anniversary Commission, Nottingham Theatre Royal) and Darkness Darkness (Nottingham Playhouse co-production), Harvest (regional tour) and Sisyphus (BE Festival, MESS Award Winner).

Productions for children and family audiences include: The Tiger's Bones and Other Stories (UK tour), The Giant Jam Sandwich (UK tour & Edinburgh) and The Wolf, The Duck and The Mouse (in a co-production with the Unicorn Theatre).

Designer - Amy Jane Cook

Theatre credits include: Insignificance, St Nicholas (Theatr Clwyd), To Dream Again (Clwyd/Polka), The 8th (UK tour/Paines Plough), Mudlarks (The Bush/ HighTide Festival), Medea, W11 (The Gate), 65 Miles, Once Upon a Time in Wigan (Hull Truck/Paines Plough), Hamlet (Young Vic/Maria Theatre), 66 Books, Flooded Grave, Where’s My Seat? (The Bush), The Water Engine (Old Vic Tunnels), Insomnia Season (The Other Room), Insignificance (The Langham, New York), Almost Maine (The Park Theatre), The Separation (Project Arts Centre, Dublin/Theatre 503). Winner of Best Design at The Wales Theatre Awards 2017.

Lighting Designer - Alexandra Stafford

Recent theatre credits include: Mugabe, My Dad and Me (ETT & Brixton House); Into Battle (In Soft Wings Productions); Cinderella, Bubble (Nottingham Playhouse); The Wind in the Willows (Derby Theatre); Around the World in 80 Days UK Tour New Vic production & Kenny Wax Family Entertainment; Oh, No George! (Can’t Sit Still); Babe, The Sheep Pig (Mercury Theatre Colchester); LAVA, All The Little Lights, (Fifth Word Theatre); Playhouse Creatures (The New Vic); A Thing Mislaid (Maison Foo); Aidy the Awesome (The Gramophones); Cinderella (Evolution & York Theatre Royal); Outsiders & Antigone (Pilot Theatre); The Red Tree (Red Earth Theatre); Harvest, Finding Nana (New Perspectives); A Tender Thing (Chipping Norton Theatre).

Sound Designer - James Atherton

Theatre as composer/musical director includes: Around the World in Eighty Days (UK & USA Tour Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, New Vic Theatre); 39 Steps; Astley’s Astounding Adventures; Treasure Island; The Snow Queen, Peter Pan in Scarlet, Kiss Me Quickstep, (New Vic Theatre); A Tiger’s Tale (M6 Theatre); Harvest; The Giant Jam Sandwich, The Tigers Bones (New Perspectives - National Tour); Fight Like A Girl (Youth Music Theatre UK); The Tragical Tale of Romeus and Juliet (Oldham Coliseum); Robin Hood & Marian, the Hoard Festival, The Borrowers (New Vic Theatre); Ramshackle House; Bedtime Stories, Tamburo (Upswing); Miss Interpreted (Square Chapel, Halifax); The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Stones in His Pockets, A Christmas Carol (New Vic Theatre); According To Brian Haw (Riverside Studios);Phoenix From the Flames (Olympic torch relay)

Television as composer includes:The History Of Christianity, Tales From the National Parks,The Lives of Gandhi, Around theWorld in 80 Faiths, Olaudah Equiano, Greater Love Hath NoMan and Brick Lane (BBC); Survivors, Tonight With Trevor McDonald andKenny Everett: Licence to Laugh (ITV1); The Unseen Eric Morecambe (Channel 4); Roger to the Rescue (Cosgrove Hall); Colleen’s Secrets (Channel 5) and All in the Game, starring Ray Winstone (Film4).

James is also the artistic director of the renowned Oldham Theatre Workshop.

Movement Director - Kitty Winter

Kitty Winter trained at Laban and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
For New Perspectives: The Fishermen, Harvest.
For Pentabus: Wolves are Coming for You, As the Crow Flies, Here I Belong.
Recent movement credits include: The Kite Runner (Nottingham Playhouse/Wyndham’s/UK tour); Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, A Christmas Carol, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Derby Theatre); Blood (Tamasha/ Belgrade Theatre Coventry); Cinemusical, Cinemusical High (Laurence Owen/Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh); Rapunzel, Jack, Tom’s Midnight Garden (Nottingham Playhouse); Tiny Treasures, The Night Pirates (Theatre Hullabaloo); The Dog House, Puss in Boots, Women on the Verge of HRT (Derby LIVE); Roots (Mercury Theatre Colchester); Ghandi, Coconuts (Kali/Arcola); Dick Turpin’s Last Ride (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds).
Recent directing credits include: Feet First, Car Story (Box Clever); Spinning Yarns, FIVE (Theatre Hullabaloo/Theatre Direct, Canada); Whose Shoes? (Nottingham Playhouse); Awaking Durga (Kali/Soho).
For her own company WinterWalker Kitty has directed: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Watermans Arts Centre); Three Keepers (UK tour); Come to the Circus (Déda, Derby); The Beast of Belper (Belper Arts Festival).


New Perspectives is the East Midlands touring theatre company. 

Founded in 1973, we champion new writing, under-represented voices and powerful stories, touring world-class theatre into the heart of communities reaching rural audiences where they live.

We believe that all people, whatever their age, circumstance or identity, have the right to access practice and inspire theatre and that all places can be sites of exciting cultural exchange.  

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