A fresh take on the legend of Robin Hood provides the theme for a specially commissioned play premiering at the Theatre Royal Nottingham in September 2015 as part of the theatre's 150th anniversary celebrations. This unique collaboration sees New Perspectives join forces with The Theatre Royal Nottingham and commission seven of the East Midland's most talented playwrights to create a set of new stories, taking the world's most famous folklore hero on a journey through a century and a half of Nottingham's vibrant and colourful history.
HOOD - The Legend Continues has been written in six sections by seven East Midlands' playwrights. The writers include James Graham, widely considered to be Britain's most talented new political playwright and screenwriter. James is joined by award-winning writers Andy Barrett and Tim Elgood, emerging young writers Laura Lomas and Mufaro Makubika and the stage and screen writing team, Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon.
Robert Sanderson, Managing Director of the Theatre Royal Nottingham, said, "I was determined that the theatre's 150th anniversary should be marked by something tangible, something creative and lasting. A new play, with its roots firmly set in Nottinghamshire, will be the perfect showcase for our city's remarkably talented creative community. The play is in its formative stages, but what New Perspectives have created already is proving both very exciting and thoroughly entertaining. In each of the six stories we will see characters instantly recognisable as Robin Hood, Maid Marian, the Merry Men and the Sheriff of Nottingham but each taking place in a different era and in a more modern setting. The writers' individual styles have given these well-known characters an intriguingly fresh approach and the play as a whole brings the legend of Robin Hood, his feistiness and rebelliousness, bang up to date. I am very much looking forward to sharing it with our audiences when they see it on the Theatre Royal stage in September."
New Perspectives Artistic Director Jack McNamara continued, "It's a huge honour for New Perspectives to be asked by the Theatre Royal to create a piece of theatre to mark their 150th year. It is also a privilege to offer Nottingham our own version of the city's most famous legend. Seven of the region's truly exciting contemporary playwrights have put this great story through their own filters and created something wonderfully modern and unique. Anyone who thought that Robin hood was all about archery and green tights will be in for a big surprise!"
New Perspectives Executive Director Sally Anne Tye, added, "We are delighted to be part of this unique collaboration between two very different city-based cultural organisations, bringing Nottingham's greatest legend back to life on the Theatre Royal stage."
HOOD - The Legend Continues runs from Thursday 17 -Saturday 16 September 2015.