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Long Play 2016-17

A COMPETITION FOR WRITERS WHO ARE FROM OR BASED IN THE EAST MIDLANDS

Long Play will be returning in 2018 

We have decided to run our Long Play Competition every two years, with the competition returning in 2018. This is to allow us to create a structure which fits closely with our full programme of productions and engagement work. We are looking for new ways to respond to and work more closely with more of our entrants, in a way which will benefit their writing practice as much as possible. We hope this has not let too many people down this year, but we promise that it will be worth it in the long run, and the competition will benefit everyone more greatly in the future.

Katie Redford: Long Play Winner 2016
LONG PLAY 2015 - 16 WINNER
We are pleased to announce Katie Redford as our Long Play 2016 winner with her funny and poignant script Love From Me. We will be announcing a rehearsed reading of her winning entry soon. Many thanks to our shortlisted writers for their excellent submissions to Long Play: 

Hurry Up and Wait by Michael Pinchbeck

Let's Just Pretend by Nikki Hill

Ladybird Ladybird by Hilary Spiers

Katie said,

"I'm absolutely thrilled to have won Long Play 2016. As a new writer from the East Midlands, the competition run by New Perspectives was an ideal opportunity for me to go after and I'm so glad that I did. Not only am I looking forward to what this next stage entails, but thanks to New Perspectives, I now get to watch my words come to life and that in itself, is ridiculously exciting."

Winning Long Play is the next step in what has already been a great creative career for Katie. Last year, after winning The BBC Norman Beaton Fellowship, she went on to be a part The BBC Radio Drama Rep Company, recording a wide variety of plays for BBC Radio 4 such as The Archers, The Forsyte Saga and Jane Eyre.She made her TV debut last year in Sky 1's Mount Pleasant and now can be seen playing Rose in BBC 1's Young Hyacinth as part of The BBC Landmark Sitcom Season. She is also the voice of Layla in BBC Radio 4's comedy All Those Women.

Katie's writing has previewed at various London Theatres such as Theatre 503, Soho Theatre and The National Youth Theatre. She also writes for screen and her most recent TV comedy sitcom pilot has been shortlisted by BBC Writersroom and BAFTA Rocliffe and has just won The Comedy Project 2016 at Soho Theatre, with her comedy sitcom, Sweethearts,written with co-writer James Farmer. Katie has recently been recommended for Breakthrough BAFTA 2016 for both her acting and writing.


PREVIOUS WINNERS

LONG PLAY 2014-15
Winning play: Vampire in Bradford by Azma Dar

LONG PLAY 2013-14
Winning play: Unforgettable by Tim Elgood 
Runners up: Blue Moon by Mufaro Makubika and The Man Upstairs by Ollie Smith

We very rarely have the means to produce unsolicited new plays. The Long Play Competition is our way of accepting unsolicited scripts. If you wish to discuss a creative idea outside of the competition, please make contact with our Artistic Director, Jack McNamara, with an introductory email and a short example of your work. Learn more about our policy on unsolicited scripts below.

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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New Productions

IN 2016
OH WHISTLE, AND I'LL COME TO YOU  


 
 
 
 
David Rudkin adapts M R James' classic ghost story

IN 2017
THE GIANT JAM SANDWICH
Children's best-seller live on stage!

THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST
 
 
 
 
 
 
 A Finnish melancomedy

HARVEST
Regional premiere of Richard Bean's outstanding rural saga

NEWS

The Christmas Challenge 2016 is on!
We can receive double donations until midday on Tuesday 6 Dec, thanks to an extension from the BigGive! We have just £370 left which we need to raise! Each donation gifted to our Big Give giving page within the countdown will be doubled; for example, donate £10 and we receive £20! 
Your support will help us to pilot 'Shhh...akespeare!' - an innovative performance and creative workshop using Macbeth to break down barriers to learning for youngsters in disadvantaged areas.
You can learn more about the aims of our project on our appeal page.
Please consider donating and beat the countdown clock to see your generosity doubled!
DONATE AND DOUBLE

 

INDHU RUBASINGHAM & JACK MCNAMARA DIRECTING MASTERCLASS FULLY BOOKED!
We have teamed up with the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme (RTYDS) to offer a blend of advice and practical excercises in this day long session. Find out more...

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