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New Perspectives on the road with two new shows

Published: 26 March 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Nottinghamshire-based rural touring company New Perspectives has announced two productions for 2019: The Man Without a Past—a new adaptation of a Finnish film—and debbie tucker green’s trade.

Artistic director Jack McNamara will direct The Man Without A Past. The show will tour rural venues from April before a run at the Brighton Fringe Festival in May—the first time New Perspectives will have appeared at the festival.

The Man Without A Past is the story of a man with no memory who is being taken in by a homeless community living in shipping containers in Helsinki, exploring pertinent issues of identity and whether it is possible to exist in society without one.

The cast will include returning New Perspectives actors Jamie De Courcey and Victoria Brazier as well as David Ahmad and Angela Bain.

The Man Without A Past starts its tour at the Terry O’Toole Theatre, Lincoln on 25 April and ends at Glebe Field Centre, Matlock on 19 May.

First performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2005, trade is a “raw and poetic tale” told by three black women exploring the controversial topic of female sex tourism. It will tour village halls and venues across England.

McNamara said, “I’m hugely excited by the incredible artists and partners that make up our 2019 season. With voices and stories from all over the globe, our aim is to squeeze as much of the world into our touring van as possible.

“On one hand, we have (Finnish film director Aki) Kaursimaki, a giant of world cinema whose work has never been adapted for the stage in the UK. It’s a privilege to bring his great story about identity and belonging to audiences in the UK.

“On the other hand, we have debbie tucker green, one of Britain’s most relentlessly innovative writers. It’s a joy to think of her astonishing words being heard for the first time in English village halls across the country. At a time of such political insularity, it’s heartening to be reminded of what a vast and inspiring place the wider world can be.”

In November 2019, New Perspectives will be taking Sisyphus, in which disabled performance artist Thibault Delferiere uses paint, objects and movement to explode the Greek myth of a man condemned to a repetitive existence, to the Sarajevo International Festival.