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Re-imagining the rural tour: New Forms for New Audiences

08 August 2016

RE-IMAGINING THE RURAL TOUR: NEW FORMS FOR NEW AUDIENCES

Our collaboration partnership with the University of Nottingham, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and researcher Mathilda Branson has reached it's final stage as PhD research findings are being written up. The research looks at the UK rural touring sector as an area of theatre practice which has been overlooked academically. While the sector is thriving, much of the work on offer tends to be traditional in form, especially when seen in comparison to the innovation taking place in urban settings and at festivals.

The research particularly focuses on rural audiences; places of performances; and the rural touring distribution model, which relies on a network of rural touring schemes and thousands of volunteer promoters. It also looks at the possibility of more formally innovative work for this sector, and through the collaboration with New Perspectives two pilot pieces of work were created and tested on rural audiences: Something Blue, an interactive show, set at a wedding taking place in the village hall; and Homing, a performance which took the entire village as its setting and included a walk around the village accompanied by both audio recordings and live actors.

 

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 . 

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TOURING

IN 2017
THE GIANT JAM SANDWICH

Children's best-seller live on stage!

HARVEST
Regional premiere of Richard Bean's outstanding rural saga



 
 
 
 
Spine-chilling ghost story
 
A Finnish melancomedy

 
 


NEWS

NEW PROJECT INSPIRED BY JOHN BERGER'S MASTERPIECE
Writer, artist and theatremaker Michael Pinchbeck explores his hopes for our 2017 Emerging Perspectives project Find out more...

THE BUZZ BEHIND THE GIANT JAM SANDWICH
Award-winning children's author John Vernon Lord explains where it all began Find our more...
 
SHHH...AKESPEARE! SUPPORT!
We have reached over half of our fundraising target for our new young people's project - but we still need your support.  Find out more...
 
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