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Writer : Saul Bellow (Adapted for the stage by Jack McNamara)
Director : Jack McNamara
Designer : Juliet Shillingford
Lighting Designer : Mark Pritchard
Sound Designer : Adam McCready

Toured February - April 2014

Harry Shawmut is a man who often says things he shouldn't. He once made an unkind comment to a lady in passing and now, years later, he has decided to apologise. But saying sorry isn't always that straightforward. Harry uses us, the theatre audience, to help rehearse the most elaborate apology in history, taking us through the contours of his heart-warming and uniquely moving life story.

This compelling one-man show marks the first ever UK stage adaptation of a work by the great American writer Saul Bellow. Three times winner of the National Book Award and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Bellow is one of the forefathers of modern Jewish humour, paving the way for Woody Allen, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Contains occasional use of strong language

POST SHOW DISCUSSION - The performance at Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham on Thursday 3 April will be followed by a FREE post-show discussion with Judie Newman, Professor of American Studies at The University of Nottingham. Read our interview with Judie about Saul Bellow, his work and adapting is novella for the stage HERE.

Target audience age: Adults and older children aged 14+ years
Running time: 2 hours approx (including 20 minute interval)
Interval length: 20 minutes mins

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New Perspectives is an East Midlands based national touring theatre company, with a specialty in creating dynamic performances for rural audiences. We make ambitious and original theatre, focusing on new writing, adaptations and revivals, which we present in community settings and venues nationally and internationally. We provide career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and manage the rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts . 

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