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New Perspectives Theatre Company has been through a number of changes in its name and location during its forty year history, on its way to being the company that is producing exciting touring work today. Visiting community venues and theatres across the Midlands and beyond, including productions transferring to New York; currently under the artistic leadership of Jack McNamara.

The origins of the company can be traced to 1972 when 5 drama graduates set up a Theatre in Education (TIE) programme. The five founding members Dave Johnston, Colin Hicks, Richard Pinner, Christopher Vine and Carol Leader all gave up jobs in teaching to create Perspectives.

Renamed as Key Perspectives in 1973, taking the name from a residency at the Key Theatre in Peterborough. Specialising in working with young people, they successfully campaigned for funds to save the theatre and form themselves into a cooperative.

Josiah Martin's Travelling Theatre Show
In 1979 we became Perspectives Theatre Company and took up residency at The Cressett in Bretton, Peterborough. Here we began touring to non-theatre venues with work specifically relevant to East Midlands Audiences. In 1982, when Peterborough Council reduced its arts budget, we moved its activities to a new base at Mansfield Community Arts Centre. A further threat to the Company in 1988, which put its funding at risk, led to a restructure and the appointment of a management board along with the Company's first Artistic Director. At the same time the Company name was changed to New Perspectives Theatre Company as it is known today.

When the management of the Old Library Building in Mansfield was returned to Nottinghamshire County Council in 2006, the Company moved to its present home in Basford, Nottingham. Today New Perspectives activities are focussed on three areas: creating and touring performances, supporting emerging artistists and managing the rural touring scheme in Northants Touring Arts.

In 2010 all except the most recent records of New Perspectives Theatre Company were placed in the care of Special Collections at the University of Nottingham. The archive is available to be studied by researchers wanting to know more about the company and its work in theatre production, theatre in education and the promotion of rural touring and new work. Find out more about the archive and search the online catalogue here: Manuscripts & Special Collections Catalogue Record


Our thanks to:
Hidden Collections: From Archive to Asset was a multi-disciplinary programme of workshops and industry projects for doctoral students and ran throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. Participants gained valuable skills in project management, communications, networking, collaborative andteam working, public engagement, and the use of new methodologies. An AHRC-funded project, funded under the AHRC's Digital Transformations theme, in collaboration with and on behalf of New Perspectives, the East Midlands' leading touring theatre producer and the University of Nottingham.

Theatre & Performance Project Team:
Nicola Abram, University of Reading
David Bennett, Coventry University
Leah Lovett, University College London (UCL)
Kerrie Reading, Aberystwyth University
Claire Robinson, University of Birmingham
Eleanor Spencer, Durham University
Polly Toney, University of Birmingham

Partners:
New Perspectives Theatre Company
Laura Steenson, University of Nottingham
Dr Jo Robinson, University of Nottingham

Website design & Timeline content: David Bennett, Coventry University
Claire Robinson, University of Birmingham





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 2018

FINDING NANA
Jane Upton's autobiographical new play

THE GIANT JAM SANDWICH
Easter Treat 4-8 April
Pleasance Theatre, London
 
A poignant tribute to doctors and the NHS

THE FISHERMEN
Inspired by the Man Booker shortlisted novel

IN DEVELOPMENT
THE LUNCHBOX
 
Love and food combined as Indian film adapted for stage
 
 
 
 

 

NEWS

SHARE YOUR MEMORIES
Whether you are Nana, Grandpa, Nanny, Pops or Gran we invite you to share your memorable moments with us on tour Find out more here...

AMBITIOUS DRAMA FOR 2018
Touring an increasingly adventurous new theatre to spaces of all shapes and sizes in 2018. Find out more here...

A TRIBUTE TO OUR FOUNDER
We pay our respects to David Johnston, one of New Perspectives founders who died recently with a few words here...

THE FISHERMEN
One of Africa's new voices inspires stage adaptation. Find out more here...

LISTEN UP!
Listen to a new bank of fascinating audio stories collected in Mansfield Find out more here...

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