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A Christmas detective sets out on a rural tour

20 October 2015

For audiences looking for a funny and festive twist to the crime genre, a brand new play for the festive season is coming to Nottinghamshire. East Midlands leading rural touring theatre company, New Perspectives, presents the UK Tour of He Wore A Red Hat by Jack McNamara. Opening at St. Christopher's Church Hall, Sneinton in association with the Renewal Trust, on 12 November, the show then visits Shirebrook, Stapleford, Thrumpton and Aslockton.

Part-time detective, part-time unpublished poet, Josh Rogan is on a mission to save Christmas.

Volunteer detectives are being recruited to help solve crimes in local villages. So when hopeful poet Josh Rogan's applications are repeatedly turned down, he decides to take sleuthing into his own hands. Believing he's one step ahead, he begins to piece together what he thinks are a series of Christmas-themed crimes, enlisting an intern as his put upon side-kick. But just when thinks he's onto something a series of unexpected gifts start to arrive. It would seem he's in for a rather big surprise...

Join our amateur crime-fighter Josh for a spot of sleuthing, as he attempts to restore faith in our festive season. And possibly share a few impromptu poems along the way.

The play was written for actor-comedian Gerry Howell, who was the star of New Perspectives critically acclaimed comedy The Boss Of It All (2014) and Nottingham based theatre maker Mufaro Makubika. They will be joined onstage by Boss Of It All co-star Kate Kordel. New Perspectives' Artistic Director, Jack McNamara, specifically created the show for the rural audiences at the heart of the company's work:

"Having visited so many rural villages and locations over the last few years, I wanted to write something inspired directly by them. Christmas is traditionally a time when theatre companies haul out the classics, but we wanted to do something different; creating a brand new piece of writing performed by a brilliant comedian and some very unexpected characters. Our aim is to give audiences an unusual spin on the crime genre and a Christmas gift like no other." Jack McNamara

Jack has been Artistic Director of New Perspectives since 2012, productions for the company include The Boss of it All (Edinburgh/Soho Theatre), The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock (UK Tour/New York), Him With His Foot In His Mouthby Saul Bellow (UK tour);Watching the Livingby Jane Upton (UK tour 2014) and the regional premiere of Athol Fugard'sPlayland. He directed the world premiere Here We Stay at Eyam Church,the first in a series of ten Place Prints which he plans to deliver to mark the 80th year of visionary writer David Rudkin. Most recently he directed Hood, a show commissioned by Theatre Royal Nottingham for their 150th anniversary celebrations.



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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