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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 The Boss of It All by Lars von Trier (Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh & Soho Theatre); The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock by David Rudkin (Brits off Broadway, New York & UK tour); Him With His Foot In His Mouth by Saul Bellow and Watching the Living by Jane Upton adapted from two Daphne du Maurier short stories (both UK tours); HOOD (150th Anniversary Commission, Nottingham Theatre Royal) and Darkness Darkness (Nottingham Playhouse co-production). Plays for children and family audiences include The Tiger's Bones and Other Stories (UK tour) and most recently The Giant Jam Sandwich (UK tour & Edinburgh).

Previous productions as director include Exterminating Angel (Basement Brighton/ Pleasance Edinburgh/ UK tour); Texts for Nothing by Samuel Beckett (The Rest is Noise Festival, Southbank Centre); The Word for Snow by Don DeLillo (London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre); Malaise Trio (Camden People's Theatre); Instructions for John Howell by Julio Cortazar (Nursery Festival); Betrayal by Harold Pinter (Nuffield, Southampton); The Blind by Maurice Maeterlinck (Arcola Theatre); Lucid Dreams for Higher Living (Underbelly, Edinburgh); Valparaiso by Don DeLillo (Old Red Lion); A Cool Million by Nathanael West (Underbelly, Edinburgh); Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (Warwick Arts Centre).

Previously Jack was Assistant Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company and director on attachment at the Nuffield Theatre Southampton under the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme. Independently Jack continues to make experimental theatre through his company Future Ruins.

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

Theatre credits include: Harvest, Finding Nana (New Perspectives); Around The World In Eighty Days (2017 UK Tour of New Vic production with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment); The Rivals, Proof (New Vic); Sherlock Holmes & The Hound of the Baskervilles, Betrayal, Blithe Spirit (York Theatre Royal); The Season Ticket (Northern Stage & Pilot Theatre); Outsiders and Antigone (Pilot Theatre); All The Little Lights, Amateur Girl (Fifth Word Theatre); The Remarkable Tale of Oliver Twist, Emil & the Detectives (Red Earth Theatre); Sleuth (Nottingham Playhouse & West Yorkshire Playhouse); Posh, Private Lives (Nottingham Playhouse); The Kreutzer Sonata (Chipping Norton Theatre & Arcola); The Island, Stones in His Pockets
(Dukes Lancaster & Chipping Norton Theatre); Cosi Fan Tutte, Hansel & Gretel (Clonter Opera); eleven pantomimes for Harrogate Theatre, the most recent being Dick Whittington.

Alex was the Head of Lighting at Derby Playhouse from 1999 until 2003. Lighting Designs for Derby Playhouse include: My Dad's Corner Shop, Educating Rita, Up 'n' Under, The Blue Room, Bouncers, Three Viewings, A Life in the Theatre, A Slice of Saturday Night and ten Pantomimes.

Sound Designer - 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.


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IN 2018

A poignant tribute to doctors and the NHS

Inspired by the Man Booker shortlisted novel

Spring 2019 tour booking


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Love and food combined as Indian film adapted for stage


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