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New Perspectives bring East Midlands talent together to tour brand new material

26 June 2015

New Perspectives Theatre Company is proud to present the 2015 Emerging Perspectives Company Tour. Over the past 6 months New Perspectives and Dramaturg William Drew have supported 3 regionally based emerging writers, Alison Dunne, Imogen Joyce and Saraa Rainto each create an exciting new short play inspired by places across the East Midlands. These 3 scripts, exploring familiarity and otherness are brought to life by a group of 8 talented creatives, who have come together to further develop their practices and showcase the talent of the region. Led by New Perspectives' Director-on-Attachment, Theresa Keogh, they have completed a 6-month practical programme, including workshops and masterclasses led by industry professionals.

THIS PLACE explores familiar places through the eyes of the outsider, each of the three plays centring around an isolated heroine.

NOTTS SWEET HOME (Saraa Rain) is the story of Gabrielle, forced by family circumstance to travel from her home country to an alien city where nowhere feels quite right and everyone is moving in the opposite direction.

A cold house becomes home to the next heroine in BONEMILL(Alison Dunne), where she must discover common ground with her estranged aunt, and face her fear towards the unsettling mill buildings out back.

In the final play, BONNER MOX (Imogen Joyce), Wreck has just had the worst day of her young life. She wants to break free, but the best she can do is hide at the top of Bonner Hill. And she's beginning to realise her most meaningful relationship is with a fox!

Saraa Rain is a performance poet from Nottingham. She writes and performs for festivals, open-mic nights, and spoken word events throughout the UK, and is a member of Blackdrop Poetry Collective, an open-mic event which has run in Nottingham for over ten years.

Alison Dunne from Leicester got into playwriting after writing for the 14/48 Leicester Theatre Festival in 2013. Since then she has developed many short plays, and is currently working on a new one with OffTheFence Theatre Company.

Imogen Joyce is a Nottingham writer, director and performer. Her career spans 20 years but recently she created three site specific works for the Galleries of Justice, Nottingham. She has worked on projects extensively around the East Midlands, such as writing for the Connecting Cultures Youth Theatre Project at Mansfield Palace Theatre.


This year's creatives are actors Simon Butler(Derby), Ryan Gilmartin (Spalding), Kyle Futers (Nottingham), Alisia Hargreaves (Nottingham), Chloe Culpin (Nottingham), Madeleine Jogela (Derby), producer Sandy Peet (Mansfield) and assistant director Hope Ward-Brown (Derby).

Director on attachment, Theresa Keogh said,

"We are delighted to have welcomed such a diverse and talented range of theatre-makers from the region, to create such an exciting new piece. Every year we work with emerging artists from across the East Midlands and it is extraordinary to see them develop and establish themselves; THIS PLACE is testament to their exceptional talents."

Artistic Director of New Perspectives, Jack McNamara said,

"A lot of our work at New Perspectives is informed by a strong sense of place and our connection to the East Midlands region. As a touring company we are constantly visiting new places and communities and this has made us fascinated by the idiosyncrasies that underpin them. This year we challenged our writers on attachment to write for specific locations, unearthing stories that lie hidden within them. It has proved to be a great stimulus, which the exceptional quality of writing in THIS PLACE demonstrates."

Learn more about This Place


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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