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James Atherton

James studied classical piano with Colin Yeoman for 6 years and then completed a degree at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre as composer/musical director includes: Around the World in Eighty Days (New Vic Theatre, Kenny Wax Productions, National Tour); The Giant Jam Sandwich, The Tigers Bones (New Perspectives - National Tours); ’Tis Written In The Stars (Oldham Theatre Workshop); Fight Like A Girl (Youth Music Theatre UK); The Snow Queen, Peter Pan in Scarlet, Kiss Me Quickstep (The New Vic Theatre); Robin Hood & Marian, the Hoard Festival, The Borrowers,The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Stones in His Pockets (The New Vic Theatre); The Tragical Tale of Romeus and Juliet (Oldham Coliseum); Bedtime Stories (Upswing at Stratford Circus); Eyam (Eyam Church and Oldham Coliseum); The Little Mermaid (Oldham Coliseum); Phoenix From the Flames (Olympic torch relay); Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan,The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,The Garden and Don’t Turn My Life Into a Musical – the Musical (The New Vic Theatre) Miss Interpreted (Square Chapel, Halifax); Stanley’s Stick (Manchester Literature Festival); According To Brian Haw (Riverside Studios).

Television as composer includes: Tales From the National Parks,The Lives of Gandhi, Around the World in 80 Faiths, Olaudah Equiano, Greater Love Hath No Man and Brick Lane (BBC); Survivors,Tonight with Trevor McDonald and Kenny 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 currently writing the score to The Ramshackle House for Upswing Theatre Company.
James is also the artistic director of the renowned Oldham Theatre Workshop.


Welcome

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 . 

EXCITE, CHALLENGE & ENGAGE
One of the many things we do is to turn village halls into professional theatre spaces.

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TOURING

IN 2017
HARVEST
Rural premiere of Richard Bean's rural saga

IN 2018
Jane Upton's autobiographical new play

Touring in 2018 due to popular demand

IN DEVELOPMENT
THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST
A Finnish melancomedy adapted for stage
 
 
 

NEWS

RURAL PREMIER TOUR
Harvest Equinox marks the opening of Richard Bean's epic comedy...Find out more here...
 
SOMETHING TO SAY
Join us in #Mansfield for an afternoon of stories from the heart of the community. Find out more here...
A UNIVERSAL RELATIONSHIP
Writer Jane Upton and designer Sara Perks share some memories. Find out more here...
 
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND SUPPORT
New Perspectives secure four year funding to continue to tour great theatre and events to rural communities across the East Midlands and beyond Find out more here..
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