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Finding Nana


Phoebe Frances Brown

Phoebe Frances Brown trained at The Television Workshop in Nottingham and graduated from University of Birmingham with a First Class Honours degree in Drama and Theatre Arts. She is also a writer/performer in an all-female comedy sketch group Major Labia. Theatre credits include: Life According to Saki (New York Theatre Workshop / Edinburgh Fringe), Starting Out (Birmingham REP / Hackney Showroom), Jump! We'll Catch You / Unknown Male (Birmingham REP), A Christmas Carol (Pegasus Theatre). TV credits: My Mad Fat Diary (Tiger Aspect), Diddy Movies (CBBC).

Creative Team

Writer - Jane Upton

A trained journalist, Jane is an occasional freelance copywriter and increasingly full-time playwright.

Her first play Bones premiered at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe where it received 5* reviews. This year Jane has written commissioned plays including Swimmingfor Menagerie Theatre Company and All the Little Lights for Fifth Word. She is currently developing Finding Nana, a play about her maternal grandmother funded initially by Arts Council England through the Theatre Writing Partnership. In 2013, Jane received a bursary from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation to support her playwriting work. She is also an associate artist of 1623 Theatre.

Jane Upton is represented by Micheline Steinberg Associates, [email protected]

Director - Katie Posner

Associate Director for Pilot Theatre.
Directing credits include: Everything Is Possible: The York Suffragettes (York Theatre Royal) Made In India(Tamasha) The Season Ticket (Northern Stage), A Restless Place, In Fog and Falling Snow, Ghost Town, Clocking In: Life in the Chocolate City, Running on the Cracks, Romeo and Juliet, The Fever Chart, Jack and the Mystery of the Clones of Chaos, What Light (Pilot Theatre) Blackbird, End Of Desire, Parlour Song, Just, Wind in the Willows (York Theatre Royal); The Bang Gang (Northumberland Theatre Company); My Funny Valentine (Live Theatre), The Government Inspector, Ernie's Incredible Illucinations and Fantastic Mr Fox. (Jam Theatre) A View From Islington North (Associate Director- Out Of Joint).

Designer - Sara Perks

Recent designs: Spamalot (Mercury & UK tour, IMF Korea); The York Suffragettes ( Pilot Theatre & York); Footloose(UK tour); all female POSH(London); Sweeney Todd (Derby & Mercury); American Idiot (West End & UK Tour); Brideshead Revisited, (English Touring Theatre & York); Any Means Necessaryand How to Breathe (Nottingham); The Snow Queen, costume (Northampton);Blood (Tamasha); Dancehall and The Glee Club (Doncaster); Betty Blue Eyes (Mercury, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Liverpool & Salisbury).

Other credits include: Hello Dolly!, Gypsy, Hot Stuff! (Curve);The King and I (UK tour); Spring Storm & Beyond the Horizon (National Theatre & Northampton); Wind In The Willows, Alice In Wonderlandand The Wizard of Oz (Northampton); Helter Skelter/Land of The Dead/ The Furies (Bush & tour); Forgotten Things and Ugly(Red Ladder); Treasure island (Derby); The Elixir of Love ( Grange Park Opera, co-design); Romeo and Juliet and Eden End(ETT); Return To The Forbidden Planet (UK tour); Dead Funny (UK tour); The Crypt Project (site specific, Holborn); The Ladykillers(Northcott); Union Street (Plymouth); Saucy Jack and The Space Vixens.

Associate Artist at The Mercury, (2008 -2012) including: Saturday Night & Sunday Morning; Private Lives;Quadrophenia; Top Girls; The Lonesome West; King David; Journey's End; DEPOT.

Associate Designer with English Touring Theatre: including The York Realist (tour & West End); King Lear (The Old Vic).

Awards: Edinburgh Fringe First; John Elvery Theatre Design Award; Vision Design Award (BBC). Nominated Broadway World Award (Set & Costume) and Whats On Stage (Costume) for American Idiot.

Lighting Designer - Alexandra Stafford

Theatre credits include: Finding Nana (New Perspectives); Around The World In Eighty Days (2017 New Vic; 2013; 2014 co-production with Royal Exchange Theatre); 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 - Arun Gosh

Stage Manager - Ali Bakewell


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 . 

One of the many things we do is to turn village halls into professional theatre spaces.

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IN 2017
Rural premiere of Richard Bean's rural saga

IN 2018
Jane Upton's autobiographical new play

Touring in 2018 due to popular demand

A Finnish melancomedy adapted for stage


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Writer Jane Upton and designer Sara Perks share some memories. Find out more here...
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