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 HAUNT =  a place frequently visited

This training project gives early career East Midlands' based writers the opportunity to write a ten minute dramatic work, set in a location of their choosing. Each will create a finished piece for live performance. The purpose of the project is to enable emerging writers to deepen their sense of place and character, writing for an audio format. The final pieces will be showcased and downloadable from the New Perspectives website. 

Benefits of taking part include: 
workshops and feedback on your work
a tailored interactive storytelling sessions
a one-to-one mentoring 
a professionally produced audio recording of your piece experienced as an audio walk and showcased on our website
Ours aims for the project:
to attract interest from a wide-ranging mix of emerging writers from across the region to take part
to build an audio collection of haunts across the East Midlands, places you like to visit or feel passionate to share stories about
to share stories from places across the East Midlands

All participating writers are aged 16+ and live, work or study in the East Midlands. The HAUNTS project is inspired by the visionary playwright David Rudkin's Placeprints: an epic cycle of ten audio plays set in locations across the UK. For details of the HAUNTS live events click here


Our first training project offered up to five early career writers from the East Midlands the opportunity to write a ten minute dramatic work, set in a location of their choosing. Each created a finished piece in either monologue or dialogue form (for up to 6 voices), professionally recorded to be experienced by audiences via headphones as a ten minute audio walk of a location, but can equally be enjoyed listening online - either on the move or from the comfort of an armchair!

Each writer worked with New Perspectives over a four month period to identify and develop their piece. The purpose of the project was to enable emerging writers to deepen their sense of place and character, writing for an audio format. 


Our 5 writers for 2017: JFW Nutt, Leanne Moden, & Lucy Colgan (Nottingham), Jo Woolaston (Leicester) and Susie Hennessy (Lincoln). With Sound Design by Adam McCready. 

Learn more about the inaugural year through our Haunts blog

You can listen to the pieces here:


TO BE THERE by Susie Hennessy (HAUNTS2017)(17mins 16secs)
Either listen at home, on the move or at The Malt Cross, Nottingham NG1 6FG - the haunt that inspired the writer.

HIDE by Jo Woolaston (HAUNTS2017)(8mins 32secs)
SEEK by Jo Woolaston (HAUNTS2017)(8mins 34secs)
Either listen at home, on the move or atBradgate Park, Leicester LE6 0HE- the haunt that inspired the writer.

HEMLOCK STONE by Leanne Moden (HAUNTS2017)(12mins 2 secs)
Either listen at home, on the move or at Stapleford Hill,Nottingham NG9 3G- the haunt that inspired the writer.

FAKESIDE by JRW Nutt (HAUNTS2017)(14mins 14secs)
Either listen at home, on the move or at Highfields Park,Nottingham NG7 2RD- the haunt that inspired the writer.

121 DAYS by Lucy Colgan (HAUNTS2017)(10mins 20 secs)
Either listen at home, on the move oraboard a Nottingham tram - the haunt that inspired the writer





New Perspectives is an East Midlands' based touring theatre company, specialising in bringing new work to rural and community audiences. Through an annual programme of original adaptations, rare revivals and new writing, we aim to bring live theatre that is diverse, affordable and accessible into the heart of wide-ranging communities, as well as to regional, national and international venues.  
Our productions are testament to the fact that rural theatre is as relevant, challenging and vital as theatre made for any other environment. Our participatory projects, career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts makes tangible difference to people where they live.

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