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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 . 

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 2017
SISYPHUS 
A rare UK performance event by Thibault Delferiere 


FINDING NANA
Jane Upton's autobiographical new play
2 - 28 August 2017 Pleasance Beside, Edinburgh

HARVEST
Regional premiere of Richard Bean's rural saga
 
THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST
A Finnish melancomedy adapted for stage

NEWS

EDINBURGH DOUBLE AT PLEASANCE COURTYARD
Hit family show The Giant Jam Sandwich and autobiographical premiere Finding Nana both hit Edinburgh this summer!

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST RESIDENCY
Renowned Belgian performance artist to devise new piece and lead a masterclass for East Midlands artists Find out more...

NEW PROJECT INSPIRED BY JOHN BERGER'S MASTERPIECE
Stay updated on the artistic process behind Emerging Perspectives' A Fortunate ManFind out more...

HAUNTS UNWRAPPED
Follow our Haunt's writer's progress in a new blog series as they deepen their sense of place and character in writing. Find out 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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