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"New Perspectives has been a pioneer during the theatre shutdown" Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor

New Perspectives began in 1973 with a clear objective: to bring an urgent story to a new audience. The company's first production was a devised show about David Oluwale, a homeless Nigerian man killed in British police custody in the 1960s. Created using evidence from the trial and police records, the play toured to schools and encouraged young audiences to explore opposing points of view and participate in the action. Today we are a leading touring theatre company based in the East Midlands, making new work for a wide range of audiences and spaces. Whatever the project, our core purpose harks back to that first production - to bring people something they don't expect, to provoke thought and to excite imaginations.

"New Perspectives has taken on an exciting challenge that proves rural touring companies can produce provocative work of national and international significance"

New Perspectives is a registered charity (no. 1058309) and through our programme of work we offer: 

A Rural Perspective: making work with themes and ideas that resonate with rural communities, whilst exploring new forms of rural theatre through active research.

A Wider Perspective: bringing audiences into contact with great international art and ideas, creating a global programme of work that reshapes the rural repertoire

A New Perspective: offering audiences exposure to new voices, through work by cutting edge new talent or through contemporary takes on existing work

Our productions are scalable, made to fit into unlikely spaces and to embrace the distinct character of each new environment. The scale and ambition of our productions have brought us widespread critical acclaim and taken us to some of the major theatres in the UK and beyond. Yet wherever we find ourselves, our rural core gives everything we do a strong sense of intimacy and occasion.

"What some might consider theatrical difficulties New Perspectives revels in as artistic challenges" Reviews Hub


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.

As a registered charity (no. 1058309), your support can make a real difference... Find out more
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